LOS ANGELES, CA – In the same year George Floyd was murdered, leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement quietly purchased a $6 million luxury home in Southern California with funds donated to the organization, New York magazine’s Intelligencer reported.
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The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation — which is an organization that was built out of the movement itself — has raised over $90 million in donations. He reportedly made the $6 million all in cash on the Studio City home just five months after Floyd’s death. His murder has sparked a tidal wave of activism and sparked protests across the country despite the threat and scale of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
The house in question was bought secretly and under another name. But a BLMGNF spokeswoman finally confirmed this month that the organization is state-owned.
The group responded to Intelligencer’s Twitter report on April 4: “RT to spread the word: we’re redefining what it means to be an activist in this generation with our new Fellowship and Creator House.”
The “Campus”, as the members call it, is a sprawling 6,500 square foot estate with six bedrooms, multiple foyers, a soundstage, a pool, and a separate bungalow. There is also parking for over 20 cars, according to property listings.
On April 1, Shalomyah Bowers, a spokeswoman for BLMGNF, told Intelligencer that Campus had been purchased “with the intention that it serve as housing and studio space for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship.”
Last year, BLM leaders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Melina Abdullah were seen seated around a table outside the multi-million dollar mansion in Los Angeles as they recorded a YouTube video to mark the first anniversary of Floyd’s murder. As the women discussed the disparities they faced in handling racial justice work, the house behind them went unrecognized.
Collurs had previously come under scrutiny for buying four homes for nearly $3 million during his time at BLM. The stature of his real estate portfolio revealed troubling disparities between the funds enjoyed by BLM’s most prominent faces and activists with boots on the ground across the country, Dirt reported.
In the video recorded last spring, Collurs spoke about the backlash she received for the purchases, calling the media reports “misinformation and harassment from right-wing media,” adding that she was “in survival mode,” according to the video released last spring.
She resigned a few days after the broadcast of this video.
At another point in the video, Abdullah said, “They tried to say – and I’m just going to say this – ‘She bought fucking houses. We’re going to cancel it,” Garza adding, “You don’t. you know [expletive] about what it takes to live in a box here.”