Jay-Z
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United States
2020

Roc Nation

Jay-Z

Founder

Heard the new Jay-Z album? The revered rapper is heard so frequently on Jay Electronica’s studio album “A Written Testimony” some hip-hop followers referred to the March 2020 release as either Jay-Z’s 14th studio album or his sixth album collaboration. Yet most of the musician-turned-entrepreneur’s headlines this year were of higher regard than music. A longtime supporter of Black Lives Matter, he grabbed the spotlight with two Instagram posts concerning the killing of George Floyd, one recapping his heartfelt call with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. This summer, he became chief brand strategist for cannabis company Caliva, and his prodco partnered with Brooklyn’s Long Island University to launch the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports & Entertainment, set to welcome students in fall 2021 with 25% of enrollees receiving scholarships.

Career

  • The Blueprint
  • Everything Is Love
  • 4:44

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Jay Jeon to Step Down as Busan Festival Director

Jay Jeon to Step Down as Busan Festival Director

Jay Jeon, who has been director of the Busan International Film Festival since 2018, is to step down at the end of the month. The move was said to have surprised colleagues at the festival.His three-year contract will expire at the end of January, and he will not seek its renewal. A senior source at the festival told Variety that management will meet towards the end of February to decide his successor.Jeon announced the unexpected decision on his personal Facebook...

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