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Jay-Z Laid Off Half His Rocawear Staff The Day Before Blue Ivy Was Born`

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With all this talk about crystal and diamond baby gifts, lucite baby cribs and such, you’d think that Jay-Z and Beyonce would have no money troubles at all. But it seems that just as the world’s most famous new parents were totally renovating their own floor at Lenox Hill Hospital, Jay-Z laid off half of the New York staff of his clothing line Rocawear. It’s hard out there for a multi-million dollar pimp! According to the New York Department of Labor, 28 workers were laid off on January 6 — the day before Blue Ivy Carter was born — due to “economic” reasons. Perhaps it was the failure of their “Occupy All Streets” shirts — though at least the laid off employees will have something to wear if they choose to attend any upcoming Wall Street protests. Oh, sweet irony. [Animal NY]

Jay-Z’s Rocawear Pulls “Occupy All Streets” Shirts

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Why shouldn’t Jay-Z — a man firmly entrenched in the 1 percent as any — be able to profit off of the Occupy Wall Street foment that’s taken over the country? That, I suppose, was the thinking behind his Rocawear label’s “Occupy All Streets” T-shirt, which was, said a statement from the company, “a way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street.” I mean, ”What better way to show your support for the Occupy Wall Street Movement than with a dope tee?” read a post from the Rocawear blog. And it’s only $22 a pop! (None of which goes to the Occupy movement.) It seems someone over at ye olde Rocawear finally smartened up and realized that perhaps it was in poor taste to capitalize off a movement that — at its very core — aims to upend the capitalist system. This past weekend, any mention of the shirts was removed from the Rocawear site (which means they’ll probably go for hundreds of dollars on eBay now). [NYMag.com]

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