Tag: Retail industry

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Business

Celebrity-store partnership runs risks

In this Nov. 11, 2007, file photo, recording artist Jay-Z performs at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, File) by Anne D’InnocenzioAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep. Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained this week that he’s been unfairly “demonized” because he hasn’t backed out of his collaboration with Barneys New York after the luxury retailer was accused of racially profiling two Black customers.

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National

Sharpton threatens store boycott over profile suit

This July 26, 2013 file photo shows the Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he takes part in a panel discussion during the National Urban League’s annual conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Karen MatthewsAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn’t respond adequately to allegations by Black shoppers that they were racially profiled there. “We’ve gone from stop and frisk to shop and frisk, and we are not going to take it,” the Black civil rights leader said. “We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else’s money is respected.”