BLM Defends Buying $6 Million California Home With Donations
Black Lives Matter has defended the group’s secret purchase of a swanky $5.8million Southern California home with donated funds, pledging to ‘increase transparency’ – while providing little eyebrow-raising details about the acquisition.
“There have been many questions regarding recent reports of the Creator’s House purchase in California,” BLM said on Monday on his official Twitter account.
“Despite past efforts, the BLMGNF recognizes that more work needs to be done to increase transparency and ensure leadership transitions are clear,” added the left-leaning social justice group, which disabled responses to his tweets.
The sprawling 6,500-square-foot Studio City complex — which features seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a soundstage, music studio, swimming pool and parking for more than 20 cars — was secretly bought by a front company in October 2020 connected to Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, New York magazine reported.
The beleaguered organization used part of its $90 million donation windfall to buy the lavish digs, according to the bombshell report.
Ownership records obtained by The Post confirm that the SoCal mansion was purchased by Dyane Pascall, a local property developer linked to BLM, in a deal reached on October 27, 2020.
Days later, he was transferred to a Delaware limited liability company controlled by the foundation for $5.8 million, records show.
Last June, three BLM leaders – co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Melina Abdullah – recorded a video outside the “secretly bought” home while marking the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd.
Cullors said at the time that she was in “survival mode” after the Post’s exclusive April report revealed her purchase of four upscale US homes for $3.2 million.
But Cullors and his colleagues did not reveal any details about the upscale home seen behind them in the video.
Cullors slammed New York magazine’s report on Instagram last Tuesday, calling it “a despicable abuse of a platform meant to provide information to the public.”
In its response on Monday, BLM went on to say that “stories like this hurt organizers doing brilliant work across the country and these reports don’t reflect the entire movement.”
“We apologize for the distress this has caused our supporters and those who work daily in the service of black liberation,” he continued.
“We also acknowledge the confusion caused by recent inflammatory and speculative reporting,” the group said.
The foundation also pledged to “unveil new initiatives” in the coming weeks to increase “transparency and accountability, and continue to reshape what radical philanthropy looks like for black people,” BLM wrote on Twitter.
“BLMGNF is working diligently to increase transparency in operations, including an internal audit, strengthening compliance operations and creating a new board of directors to help lead the organization into its next evolution,” a- he declared.
“We embrace this moment as an opportunity for accountability, healing, truth and transparency. We understand the need to work intentionally to restore trust so that we can continue to chart a new course that supports black people for generations. »
BLM also sought to justify the purchase by arguing that it was made to encourage “black creativity”, saying it was “necessary and vital for the survival of black people”.
“BLM has always held this tradition sacred, partnering with artists of all kinds since our founding,” he continued.
“That’s why Creator’s House was purchased – to provide a space for black people to share their gifts with the world and perfect their craft as they see fit, on terms that work best for them and outside of systems of oppression. in the creative industries,” the group said.
He also defended where some of his funding was spent, explaining that he recently “provided $3 million in direct support to families struggling to cope with the impacts of COVID.
“We’ve awarded more than $25 million to frontline Black-led organizations around the world,” he added.