Jay-Z Has Taken Out Full-Page Adverts In Newspapers Across America After George Floyd's Death

Olivia Blair
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Jay-Z has taken out multiple full-page adverts in newspapers across the US, in dedication to George Floyd.

Floyd, a Black 46-year-old man living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes. The officer, who was fired from the force along with several others, has been charged with third-degree murder.

Floyd's death, which is the latest in a long line of Black people who have died as a result of police brutality, has sparked a week of marches and protests across the US - some of which have seen police fire rubber bullets and tear gas - and beyond, many prominent Black voices to speak out to say that enough is enough and a global social media movement in support of Black Lives Matter.

As well as lending his voice to the movement and engaging in a conversation with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Waltz, Jay-Z's latest move was made on Tuesday.

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The mogul signed his name on the adverts, along with his Roc Nation group, George Floyd's family lawyer and a number of advocacy groups.

The adverts, which according to CNN were published in newspapers like The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Denver Post (all cities which have seen widespread marching in recent days), quoted a 1965 speech by Martin Luther King Jr., which you can read in full here:

A representative for Jay-Z told the network that more of the adverts would be appearing in newspapers on Wednesday.

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