19-year-old Trayon Christian–the young man who was nabbed at Barneys after purchasing a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt. Police questioned his ability of being able to afford the belt and he rebutted with a lawsuit for the NYPD and the luxury department store. The publicity Christian’s claim received has inspired others to come forward, like Kayla Phillips and even celebrities like Tyson Beckford and Robert Brown, star of “Finding Forrester.”
It’s officially a “Shopping While Black” epidemic out here in these NYC streets! Tyson has come forward claiming that he’s been profiled at Barneys just like Kayla and Trayon.”I might have the most recognizable face in the world, but I still get followed all the time anytime I go in that store. It’s sad,” Tyson said exclusively to Pix 11 News outside the Barneys store in NYC.
Robert Brown is now suing Macy’s in NYC’s Herald Square, claiming he was allegedly and unlawfully stopped and searched while shopping for a watch in June. Brown just wants justice, not money. Robert’s attorney, John Eleftrekais told the New York Post, “The bottom line is…this isn’t about money, this about proving a point.” Police officers ran up to Brown, arrested him and then kept him in a jail cell in Macy’s,” Elefterakis told the Post. Brown handed over his ID, only to be told it was a fake and that he “could not afford to make such an expensive purchase,” according to the Manhattan Supreme Court suit.Wow, what the heck is happening!? Why do so many retail security members think they can be the judgment call on what Black shoppers can and cannot afford. And seriously–Macy’s? Who can’t anything at Macy’s when everything is always 60 percent or more off?
And you know who is still not piping in? Jay Z. The mogul is known for not immediately responding to any controversy involving his name. I have a feeling there will be a song that comes out addressing the issue with clever double entendres.
COME ON Civil Rights expert, Michael Yaki and get this mess cleaned up!
Check Out Robert Moore in “Finding Forrester” below:
LIKE HelloBeautiful On Facebook!
Also On HelloBeautiful:
Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"