What do you do when you have no marketable skills to speak of and you want to own four homes? You form a group and name it Black Lives matter.
That’s what Patrisse Cullors did. it also has residual effects if you are her baby’s daddy.
She has route money to a company owned by the father of her only child.
The company, Trap Heals, was formed just days before partnering with Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.
Cullors paid her baby’s daddy $238,000 dollars to produce an election night Livestream and for consulting services, campaign finance records show.
When their work has been discussed neither Cullors nor Turner discussed the fact that they had a child together. Turner did once say that Cullors was instrumental in forming a partnership between BLM and Trap Heals.
The executive director of the watchdog group CharityWatch, Laurie Styron, told the DCNF that a non-profit leader should never do business with someone they have a personal relationship with.
Having a baby together probably qualifies as a personal relationship or at least a one-night stand.
“To maintain public trust, it is vital that leaders not only avoid any impropriety in practice but also avoid the appearance of it. In other words, even if the consultant or vendor hired is the best one for the job, if that vendor has a personal relationship with the leader who hired them, additional steps should be taken to prove to the public that this arrangement is in the best interest of the charity and was made at arm’s length.”
This new evidence of Cullors’ potential self-dealing follows criticism from other black activists and reports that she had purchased four homes across the country since 2016 for a total of $3.2 million. Additionally, Cullors received upwards of $20,000 a month from one of her activist groups, which also spent $26,000 at a luxury resort, the DCNF previously reported.
Black Lives Matter Greater New York Leader Hawk Newsome, a prominent New York-based black activist who is not associated with BLM Global Network, called for an “independent investigation” of BLM Global Network’s finances during an interview with the New York Post in April, though the group denied that its resources were put toward real estate purchases for any employee or volunteer.