Brooklyn Activist Files $5 Billion Lawsuit Against Jay-Z Investment Group

Brooklyn-based activist Clive Campbell, along with a community organization called Da Black Defense League, recently announced their intention to file a $5 billion lawsuit against Jay-Z, real-estate developer Bruce Ratner and Barclay’s Bank in connection with the Atlantic Yards project currently under way in Brooklyn. Through the $4 billion project, Ratner plans to bring the New York Nets basketball team to the borough and set them up in a new arena. Jay is a member of a Nets ownership group and has endorsed the project, while Barclay’s owns the naming rights for the stadium. The bank has long been accused of helping to finance the slave trade.

According to the New York Observer, the claim, which was originally brought to the attention of Da Black Defense League in October, states that Hov and Ratner “profited from the African Slave Trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress Black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth.” Da Black Defense League plans to file a lawsuit against the involved parties today. Ratner’s company has reportedly dismissed the claim as having no legal merit.

In related news, Da Black Defense League staged a demonstration on Saturday (February 23) in Brooklyn called Da Million Man Reparation March, which aimed to bring exposure to the injustice of Barclay’s and the Atlantic Yards project. In a flyer for the march, Da Black Defense League further explained the $5 billion lawsuit under a heading called “The Black Holocaust,” saying, “The murder of 500,000,000 African Blacks and the demand for reparations for the abduction, murder, rape, willie-lynching and the stealing of all African natural resources; God given right to inherit those resources and our birth right to determine our own destiny.”

CORRECTION
: This story originally claimed that DJ Kool Herc (a.k.a. Clive Campbell) was behind this lawsuit, based on a report from the Observer. The Observer has since corrected this story and said that the Clive Campbell behind the lawsuit is in fact not Kool Herc.

  • http://asianmanfalvor@msn.com Cali Is Active

    There is probably more truth to this. Interesting though that there is a DA Black Defense League.

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    • http://almostanexpert.com missile 6000

      Another garbage ass story. Look, reparations ain’t happening, so get over it. Thats not the only business in the country that gained off of the slave trade. Some people placing comments on here work for a company that profited from slaves…..Every insurance company that is over a 100 years old, also insured slaves……you bout to go cancel your car insurance, life insurance? No probably not. Its a damn shame they picketing a project a black man is part of though. This definitely is not the first project this bank has done since the slaves was freed, but Jay wasn’t involved in those I guess.

  • drox

    I guess that’s y they say money’s the root of all evil… dont matter who u is…erybdy wants the cheese no matter how!!! but damn Herc, u think u can get all that money!!! Hahaa…they’ll prob send u sm cash & shut ur trap up!!!

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    If DJ Kool Herc’s gonna file a $5 Billion dollar lawsuit, then it needs to be against the institution of Hip Hop so that he can get some royalties (or at the very least, recognition) for helping start this fuckin’ movement …

    … We’re the only genre of music that doesn’t pay homage to the originators. You never hear white people disrespect Elvis, or RnB stars down James Brown (yes, even in his cracked-out days).

    What the hell is wrong with some of us.

  • larry

    so he must be splitting that with every black person in America if he wins huh?kool herc youre broke and u aint got enuff paper to get wtih them cats!he must have a new song coming out or something

  • moresickaMC

    Yo Kool Herc you founded hip-hop now you want to bankrupt one of the people who furthered the culture? What a disgrace…Kool Herc u got your hiphop pass revoked. Give it to bambataa

    • ThatNiggaSKi

      Did you dumn fucks read the ottom of the article where it said that in Fact this clive cambell was not cool Herk before yall go on a direspectful rampage

  • MegaDon

    It is time to move on Black People. Seriously, this has no legal merit, bringing the Nets to Brooklyn is only gonna provide more economic growth to the city. They act like it is the same owner of that bank that owns it today, for fuck sakes it is just the name of a bank. Do you think they still have ties to the fukkin slave trade. Are people that stupid?
    And how can anybody take a group called “Da Black Defense League” seriously. They could have at least made themselves sound somewhat educated and used the word “The” instead of “Da”. C’mon now!

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  • EReal

    DA Black Defense League?

    DA- you all are getting that right?

    DA Black Defense League?

    *SMH*

    Why couldn’t they have just said THE.

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  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    note to the “Da Black Defense League” even if the bank did fund the slave trade a FEW HUNDRED YEARS AGO!! Guess what? Slavery was legal then! That’s like sueing Coke for putting cocaine in their soft drinks back in the 1800s.

    People grow up and quit looking for handouts. Get a job and get your own. Nobody (banks, government, white people) owes you a thing. Get up Get out and DO SOMETHING.

  • WTF

    maybe i need to do some more research on my history but this is crazy. IT SEEMS LIKE THE MORE MONEY A NIGGA GET, THE MORE THE LEECHES WANT TO GET IN YOUR POCKET. I HOPE DJ HERC GET ABOUT $500,OOO. THIS IS JUST SOME OTHER SHIT THAT NEEDS TO GO AWAY. THEY GONNA KEEP HATING JAY BECAUSE HE GOT THAT BIG PAPER AND HE’S ONLY GETTING BETTER AT WHAT HE DOES. JAY-Z IS JUST A SMART BUSINESS MAN, HE DIDN’T HURT ANYBODY JUST TO GET WHERE HE IS. HE JUST WORKED HARD, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HIS INVESTMENT TEAM DID BUT JAY IS JUST A HUSTLER.

  • bajanthug

    wat the FUCK! yo i can fuckin understnd us blacks…….damn jus respect that black ppl makin it….i mean hell yea i would lik some of jigga money….but gotta earn it tho…bet is hova donate some shit ppl would stop tryin to get it……..peace

  • JKnows

    Why doesn’t he just sue everyone…the US gov’t…BET…the NBA…the tobacco industry…Michael Jordan and Hanes too (cotton)…because they also “profited from the African Slave Trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress Black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth.”

    No offense to Kool Herc, but he should stick to hip-hop and stay away from the law because obviously his credentials are in hip-hop and not in the courtroom.

  • Dj Wigs

    This just posted from the Observer – the source of the story:

    “This story originally reported that the Clive Campbell who filed the claim was the real name of D.J. Kool Herc, a founder of hip hop. In fact, it is a different Clive Campbell. Mr. Campbell is a Brooklyn-based activist. The story has been corrected.”

  • Rednose pit bull

    Well what you all gotta say now? this time its a black man makeing money off of the slaves,and surprise surprise noone has shit to say about that! but if he were white,you guys would be screaming and hallering about this and saying americas trying to bring the blacks down,but this time its a fellow black,so what you gotta say now?? nothing huh? fucking lames

    • real talk

      well since you wanna get racial peckerwood boy, theirs probably an old white man anyway behind the black man just like with every thing else in this world. so quit judging us and go grow a bigger dick cracka.

    • dark kent

      redneck pitbull…y r u even on this site? u obviously dont like black people…

  • Bdock

    You do not see white people doing this to each other.. This man takes more hits for suits than any other celebrity.. Damn..

  • Ian Ease

    what the fuck is this shit?why is jay being sued?…i dont get it

  • Micguevara

    Editor’s Note: This story originally reported that the Clive Campbell who filed the claim was the real name of D.J. Kool Herc, a founder of hip hop. In fact, it is a different Clive Campbell. Mr. Campbell is a Brooklyn-based activist. The story has been corrected.

  • PestOne

    Editor’s Note: This story originally reported that the Clive Campbell who filed the claim was the real name of D.J. Kool Herc, a founder of hip hop. In fact, it is a different Clive Campbell. Mr. Campbell is a Brooklyn-based activist. The story has been corrected.

  • http://xxlmag.com d-town

    @ everyone reading

    i guess after Rednose pit bull said what he said…were all effin lames LMAO…. how hilarious!!

  • thetruth

    come on…. i mean come on

    that sheeez ridiculous… 5 billion american dollars….

    were do u think its coming from… the bank?

    dude its a bank you’re suing the guys that lend you money for yo mortgages, the dude yu give yo money to safe keep, the same dudes that are gon close the door on yo face when yo want yo money and sell your mortgage contract to some dude whoz gon chage yo more intrest…

    be logical, which white man didnt profit from slave trade, the redundancy in this claim is just unsustainable in the court system

    i mean lets sue them all and destroy the economy, whoz getting the $5 blliy any way… kool merc and friends…lol no amount of money can correct that wrong not 5 billion not 5 zillion not even a erpetual fund can fix that shiii

    honestly black people need to move on, we are too busy thinking ooooh the killed my granpa, the cut his leg off, so im gonna sue, use that legal money to get dudes an educaton so 1 day we can exploit them through education corporate take overs and the likes…

    this case is a gross negligence of the significance of the slave trade.. because they did research now they gon sue…

    I know a brother who did some research at yale so we gonna get that 5 billy and split it in half and the slave trade will be attoned… lol..lol…lol…lol

    Get a life

  • 1,2,1,2…ANDITDON’TSTOP81

    NO DUH’ HOVIE PART OF THE MASON’S AND YOU KNOW HOW THEY GET DOWN! HERC WON’T SEE NO DOUGH THO’, HE’LL GET THAT WHEN I GET MY MULE.

  • BIZZLE

    TAKE THAT MOTHERFUCKING CIVIL SUIT AND DROP IT LIKE ITS HOT

  • Rizzo

    While they’re at it why don’t they arrest the president. Come on man, 5 billion. Reparations will never be given. It’s like asking for your freedom. Da Black Defense League, like we can’t spell “the”. Don’t wanna sound like a hater or a sell out but damn. I am interested to find out more about this Barclay Bank thing. If this is true then Jay needs to check himself.

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    If I was DJ Kool Herc, I would sue XXLMAG adn the Observer for $5 billion for posting a story about me without investigating the facts first.

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    FUNNY IS IT NOT?

    I THINK THESE ARE AIMS AT GETTING PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH THAT IS COMING OUT IN MEDIA AND MOVIES AND ON THE INTERNET.

    ON A SIDE NOTE, THE ORGINAL FREEMASONS WERE “AFRICANS”

    DONT BLAME JAY OR ANYONE ELSE, THESE ARE THE PRE CURSERS FOR A GREATER TRUTH WHICH IS TO COME

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  • $H@KIM @LL@H

    damn niggaz don’t read!!! it iz NOT kool herc! read the last couple lines at the bottom!

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    “to bring the New York Nets basketball team to the”

    im pretty sure there the new jersey nets not new york nets.

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  • supreme

    Are you kidding me? Simply calling your organization “Da Black Defense League” completely discredits your cause. Just because you want to dissent doesn’t mean you have to not be able to grammatically assimilate w/ the English Language. Bunch of morons.

  • http://xxl marz

    injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    why is it blacks don’t deserve what is owed to us. how come we don’t deserve to get back, what they took from us.

    we would not need thier institutions, if we were able to have our own.

  • dark kent

    jay-z has joined the masters

  • dark kent

    remember, he is already joining with steve stoute 2 form a company that will HELP major corporations make even MORE money off of poor black kids in the ghetto…u wrong, jay…

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    $H@KIM @LL@H says:

    damn niggaz don’t read!!! it iz NOT kool herc! read the last couple lines at the bottom!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Niggaz DO read! All of the comments that were posted about Kool Herc were don’t BEFORE XXL corrected the article. Didn’t you read where it said “This story originally claimed that DJ Kool Herc (a.k.a. Clive Campbell) was behind this lawsuit”

    So that is what people were commenting on, the ORIGINAL STORY.

    After the correction, nobody has said sh!t about Kool Herc but you can’t delete what you already wrote before hand.

  • http://xxlmag.com The_Truth

    Jay is one of the greatest of all-time. . .but, like I’ve said before, HE’S A SELLOUT!

    I’m separating his music from this because no one can dispute what he done. But business wise, he’s only been signing deals to become the FACE of products or give the white-man name recognition. The way he abandoned Dame Dash should be reason enough. Dash believed in having OWNERSHIP, not just signing deals with corp’s to create an illusion (The Nets, Reeboks S.Carter, Budweiser, GM, etc. ALL JUST CORP GIVEN DEALS). Dash was more family oriented, thats why the Roc was strong. . .Jay-Z best interest is Jay-Z.

  • http://www.myspace.com/maxprofit Max Profit

    Foolishness!!!!

    Every company that was around in the slave trade era and is still around today profited off of slavery!

    Slavery is another word for business – Sad but true!

  • ruff_huff

    why do they have to spell everything wrong… they want to be a respected group but spell shit like a fuckin retard… and then cause a bunch of rawkus over probably speculation and have no proof of… like their trying to help black people by attacking powerful black people… and for what i know its not for the sake of black people its for the 5 billion dollars… go figure

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Everyone is trying to get a lawsuit over some dude with paper. Shit is getting rediculous.