The strides made by Jay-Z over the past sixteen years is undeniable. Jay-Z rose from being one of the many aspiring superstars to becoming the most-acclaimed rapper in history. Along the way, Jay-Z became one of the wealthiest entertainers in history. Making his initial millions through hip hop, Jay-Z began diversifying his business interests and he purchased a minority stake in the New Jersey Nets, following his “retirement.”
In 2005, Jay-Z revealed his intention to give the ultimate gift to his native Brooklyn in the form of the New Jersey Nets. Jay-Z announced the team would become the Brooklyn Nets, thus returning the Nets to their native New York City. Initially, a five year planning period was given for the Nets to relocate to Brooklyn. Because the planning took longer than expected, as the arena in Brooklyn was being constructed, the Nets did not relocate until this year.
With the Brooklyn Nets set to debut during the 2012-2013 season, Jay-Z unveiled the logo, earlier this week. Thus far, the logo has been accepted by critics and fans. No one has had anything bad to say about the Brooklyn Nets logo, with the exception of one New York Post columnist. Jay-Z has done impressive things over the years, but not everyone has been impressed, apparently. The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick openly directed racial slurs in the direction of Jay-Z over the new Nets logo.
Read Phil Mushnick’s comments about Jay-Z below:
“What a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home—why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?”
“Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s?” Mushnick wrote in his Friday’s column entitled, Nets on Jay-Z track. “The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Comments on BobBlitz.com about Jay-Z:
“Bob – Such obvious, wishful and ignorant mischaracterizations of what I write are common,” Mushnick wrote in the e-mailed message. “I don’t call black men the N-word; I don’t regard young women as bitches and whores; I don’t glorify the use of assault weapons and drugs. Jay-Z, on the other hand…..Is he the only NBA owner allowed to call black men N—ers?”
“Jay-Z profits from the worst and most sustaining self-enslaving stereotypes of black-American culture and I’M the racist?” he added. “Some truths, I guess, are just hard to read, let alone think about.”