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Dream Hampton: Jay-Z And Beyonce 'Wired Tens Of Thousands' Of Dollars To Bail Out Protesters

05/18/2015 12:29 pm ET | Updated May 18, 2015

Writer and social justice activist Dream Hampton took to Twitter on Sunday to give credit to Jay-Z and Beyonce for bailing out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

Hampton, who co-wrote Jay-Z's memoir, Decoded, sent a flurry of tweets claiming the rap mogul "wired tens of thousands [of dollars] in minutes" after she asked him to help with expenses protesters incurred while demonstrating against police brutality.

She also said the Carters helped grow the Black Lives Matter organization by writing "a huge check." She said Jay-Z and Beyonce insist on keeping their contributions quiet.

The tweets, which were later deleted, were meant to address criticism that Jay-Z and Beyonce had remained silent on the topic of black resistance, according to Complex.

"Protest is literally punished with tariffs," Hampton tweeted. "When they fine and arrest people for protesting, more opportunities for exploitation by the state are possible with each encounter."

Complex got screengrabs of Hampton's tweets before they went down, but she later returned to clarify why she'd given the Carters credit.

The musical power couple have an estimated combined net worth of more than $1 billion.

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