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Black Lives Matter secretly purchased a $6 million California mansion

/ 10:03 AM April 06, 2022

A sprawling $6 million mansion in Los Angeles was secretly purchased by Black Lives Matter. With new reports coming out, the organization is now under scrutiny. A New York Post report shows a 7,400 square-foot mansion that once welcomed Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart as guests.

The vast house comes with a music studio, sound stage, pool, and a two-bedroom guesthouse. It is situated in a compound that is the 1930s “farmhouse.” The house boasts seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms too.

According to a real-estate listing, “Impressively renovated back in the 1930s with all the modern conveniences!” The listing added, “Marilyn Monroe and Humphrey Bogart were a few A-listers who stayed as guests in the estate.”

What ignites the issue is the money used in buying the Southern California mansion. The BLM leaders refer to this as “Campus.” They purchased it in October 2020 using donations to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

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A Black Lives Matter memo states that “Our angle needs to deflate property ownership.” When the New York Magazine asked them about the house, this was their response. Others even responded with, “Can we kill the story?”

The memo also includes bullet points citing how the “Campus” is used by the “cultural arm” of BLM. They stated that it is available for use as an “influencer house.” Artists can create content and use it as a “safe house.” The memo also mentions the “holes” in what they claim is the “security story” as the public can use the house to create YouTube videos.

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Property Ownership

Board member Shalomyah Bowers sent out an email two days after a reporter contacted Black Lives Matter about the issue. Bowers wrote in the email that BLM bought the property “with the intention for it to serve as housing and studio space for recipients of the Black Joy Creators Fellowship.”

The Black Lives Matter announced it as “recording resources and dedicated space for Black creatives to launch content online and in real life focused on abolition, healing justice, urban agriculture, and food justice, pop culture, activism, and politics.”

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However, whatever reason BLM gave, it earned criticism from concerned parties. Activist Tory Russell told New York Magazine, “It’s a waste of resources.” Russell was based in Ferguson, Missouri. He was trying to raise funds for their community center in Ferguson and asked Black Lives Matter for help.

Before Black Lives Matter bought the house, they had received $66.5 million. It was funds from George Floyd’s death. Two weeks after BLM received the money, Dyane Pascall bought the mansion. Pascall is in charge of managing the finances, which was for an LLC that Patrisse Cullors controls, who was BLM’s executive director.

A report also stated that Pascall transferred the house ownership to another LLC run by the law firm Perkins Coie. Black Lives Matter officially started using the property after they had processed the transfer of ownership.

After two months of the purchase, the IRS granted Black Lives Matter a tax exemption status. However, that would mean they need to declare the expenditure and donor information, which BLM has failed to submit the forms in 2021.

Black Lives Matter Defenses

In BLM’s defense, Bowers claimed that the organization “always planned” to list the house in disclosures and is for filing this year. She also cleared that nobody uses the property as their home. Bowers also added that they bought the house through LLCs as liability protection.

A government watchdog, the National Legal and Policy Center, hit back at the mansion’s purchase. Especially that a non-profit organization bought it, its lack of transparency also added to the shrouded secrecy of the purchase.

Virginia Government Integrity Project director Tom Anderson said, “Charity cash was used to conduct what appears to be a hugely profitable transaction between a shadowy Delaware LLC and a close associate of the officers of BLMGNF.”

Last year, the watchdog filed a complaint against Black Lives Matter to the IRS. The entity is also planning to file a complaint to the California Attorney General after the revelations of the Studio City property.

In a video from May 2021, BLM leaders Alicia Garza, Melina Abdullah, and Cullors sat on the patio commemorating Floyd’s first death anniversary. The video features Cullors speaking about how the media keeps on targeting her and Black Lives Matter. She also pointed out the $3 million purchase of four homes. Cullors resigned after the video recording.

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