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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Rapper Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC music festival



Rapper Jay-Z dedicated his song "The Story of O.J" to Colin Kaepernick at his performance during New York's Meadows Music and Arts Festival on Friday.

"I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight," Jay-Z said before performing "The Story of O.J."

"I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame," he added.

The song referenced O.J. Simpson and the obstacles within black community.

Both former San Francisco 49ers Kaepernick and Gregory, a comedian who died last month, have publicly denounced racial inequality.

Kaepernick,29, faced intense backlash for kneeling during the national anthem last season. The former football player said that he was protesting police brutality.


"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said earlier this year. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Kaepernick pledged $1 million towards supporting "organizations working in oppressed communities."

In recent years, Jay-Z has strongly advocated for racial equality.In a column for the Hollywood Reporter the rapper talked about the importance of social justice.

“The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective voices is unstoppable. Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change,” Jay-Z wrote. “But social justice isn’t a political issue. It’s a human issue. It’s a story of empathy. When we are able to identify that we are all not perfect and have compassion for someone else, we can move forward as a society.”

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