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Jay Z continuing with Barneys

Jay Z hopes to take the issue of racial profiling "into his own hands" by continuing his BNY SCC Gallery and Collection with Barneys.

The launch of the rapper's BNY SCC Gallery and Collection received criticism after two African-American customers were detained by police, after making expensive purchases at the store.

Over the weekend the star confirmed he would be continuing with the project, under the condition he has a "leadership role" when it comes to addressing racial profiling.

“While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling," he wrote in a statement on his website.

"I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.”

The singer's BNY SCC Gallery and Collection will now also be donating 100 per cent, rather than the previously agreed 25 per cent, of profits to the Shawn Carter foundation.

Jay Z's charity provides scholarships and educational opportunities to young people.

The collection launches at Barneys on Wednesday, with the store also agreeing to donate ten per cent of all retail sales in the US and online to the cause on this day.

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