Jay Z is the father of at least one child. If you believe the Internet rumors that Beyoncé has indeed given birth to the couple’s long-awaited twins, then he might be the father of three.
Yet the rapper ushered in Father’s Day in an unusual way: by writing an essay in Time magazine about the “injustice of the profitable bail bond industry.”
Writing under his given name, Shawn Carter, Jay Z lamented the many fathers who spent Sunday’s holiday away from their children because they couldn’t afford bail.
“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay Z wrote. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”
He said he became “obsessed” with the topic after helping produce the Spike docu-series “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.”