EXCLUSIVE: Living it up! Black Lives Matter founder Patrisse Cullors has installed swanky new garden sauna and PLUNGE POOL at her $1.4m LA ‘Marxist mansion’, after Kanye slammed movement as ‘scam’
- Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has been feathering her new nest in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Topanga Canyon
- Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show the 39-year-old social activist has installed a backyard complete with sauna, plunge pool together with a children’s play set and trampoline
- It’s a huge upgrade compared with last year’s installation of a new new wooden fence and electric gate around the 2,380 sq ft property
- Cullors paid for the $1.4million three-bed, three-bath home in March 2021, in cash
- Online records show it was registered in California in August 2020 with Cullors listed as owner or ‘member’
- The pricey new installation comes amid backlash over reports revealing Cullors has amassed a $3M property portfolio, owning four homes in upscale areas of California and Georgia
- The self-proclaimed ‘trained Marxist’ stepped down as executive director of BLM in May 2021 following fierce criticism but claimed the properties were purchased with money she made from her book deals
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has finally completed extensive renovations on her $1.4million Los Angeles compound.
The 2,380 square foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom property sits in Topanga Canyon, an area well known as LA’s ‘hippy enclave’ show.
Patrisse’s home has undergone multiple renovation works ever since she reportedly bought the barn-style property in March 2021.
The most recent additions to rear of the house now include a newly-fitted sauna and plunge pool, as well as a children’s slide and trampoline.
While many LA residents ops for artificial grass, Cullors has gone for a more concrete look.
Situated on the side of the canyon wall means the backyard slopes somewhat. It means a number of steps are included on the lot in order to reach the different levels.
In one portion of the yard, a new fire pit appears to have been installed at the very rear of the property.
Lower down, a swingset, slide and sauna all appear to have been erected on opposite sides.
Last year, a new fence, reportedly at a cost of $35,000, was also erected around the property.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has finally completed extensive renovations on her $1.4million LA compound
2,380 sq ft three-bedroom, three-bathroom property is set in in Topanga Canyon, an area well known as LA’s ‘hippy enclave’
The rear of the house now appears to have what could be a newly-fitted sauna, plunge pool, and trampoline
Cullors, 39 – a self-proclaimed ‘trained Marxist’ – stepped down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter organization after it was revealed she has amassed a property portfolio worth over $3million
The home is set in the hillsides of Topanga Canyon in the northwest part of Los Angeles
From above the freshly laid concrete can be seen for Cullors’ new backyard
From up above, the front of the home looks relatively unremarkable but the interior is vast and now there is an extensive yard
A new children’s slide, swing set and tree house and trampoline have been constructed. Cullors is said to have two children she shares with her spouse Janaya Khan
The home is a luxury oasis in what is otherwise a dusty canyon set in the LA suburbs
Cullors stepped down as executive director of the Black Lives Matter organization in May 2021, weeks after it was revealed she had amassed quite an impressive range of property investments, despite describing herself as a ‘trained Marxist.’
It was revealed how Cullors owns four residential properties in upscale – and predominantly white – California and Georgia neighborhoods with a total value of more than $3million.
As for the her current Topanga Canyon home – she paid for it in cash.
‘There is no mortgage holder on the property,’ a local realtor who checked the title documents confirmed.
The home was purchased by the entity name ‘Abolitionist Entertainment, LLC,’ the realtor said.
News of her real estate portfolio have led critics to question if it was purchased with money the prominent activist earned from the nonprofit.
Cullors described reports of her properties as ‘right-wing bullying’ and claimed the homes were purchased with the financial windfall she received from her speaking and book deals and not from the $90million donations raised by BLM in 2020.
Cullors established Black Lives Matter with co-founders Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in 2013.
In 2015 she told a crowd that had gathered to hear her at an event that she and her fellow organizers are ‘trained Marxists’ in ideology.
‘We are super-versed on, sort of, ideological theories. And I think what we really tried to do is build a movement that could be utilized by many black folk,’ she said.
She claims to follow the beliefs of German philosopher Karl Marx who was known for wanting to topple capitalism and replace it with a socialist system.
However, the concept of private property was among the many elements of capitalism criticized by Marx, believing it contributed to an ‘oppressive class structure.’
In May 2021, workers were spotted trenching mounds of dirt in front of and around the property in preparation for the new fence
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos show Cullors had been busy installing a formidable barrier that wraps around the home after closing on the three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,380 square foot property on March 30 last year
Cullors’ extension comes just days after Kanye West sparked outrage after dismissing Black Lives Matter, the social movement created to protest social and racial injustices.
The rapper and designer slammed the global cause on Instagram, where he commands more than 17 million followers, after wearing a provocative ‘White Lives Matter’ sweater at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday evening.
In a post written in white upper-case lettering on a stark black background, West, 43, addressed his followers, writing: ‘Everyone knows Black Lives Matter was a scam. Now it’s over. You’re welcome.’
The outspoken star appeared to be reinforcing a lack of faith in the cause, which has developed a reputation for staging mass street protests regarding the perceived mistreatment of minorities around the world.
Provocation: Kanye West sparked outrage on Tuesday after dismissing Black Lives Matter, the social movement created to protest social and racial injustices aimed at his own community
Founded in 2013 following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in the United States, Black Lives Matter gained global attention after playing a key role in the protests that followed George Floyd’s unlawful killing by a white police officer in 2020.
While the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag and slogan serve as reminders that inequality still exists on a global scale, West surprised fans well-versed with his outlandish statements by appearing to make light of it on Monday evening.
Launching an unexpected Yeezy show during Paris Fashion Week, he wore a sweater emblazoned with a White Lives Matter statement while watching his parade of models take to the catwalk in garments bearing the same inflammatory message.
He was joined by divisive right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of West’s sweater.
The Anti-Defamation League has previously called the phrase ‘White Lives Matter’ a hate slogan.
The slogan worn on West and Owens’ shirts has previously been used by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations as an attack against the Black Lives Matter movement and Black people more broadly.
The rapper and designer slammed the global cause on Instagram after wearing a provocative ‘White Lives Matter’ sweater at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday
Also posing with West was the right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of the ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt
‘TRAINED MARXIST’ PATRISSE CULLORS’ $3M PROPERTY PORTFOLIO
In April 2021, Cullors raised eyebrows when it emerged that she had spent $1.4 million on a Los Angeles property – her fourth home, and her third in the city – in an overwhelmingly white neighborhood.
The plush property, located in Topanga Canyon, comes complete with a separate guest house and an expansive back yard.
Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in Conyers, Georgia in 2020 for $415,000.
That residence boasts its own pool and airplane hangar.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Cullors raised eyebrows when it emerged that she had spent $1.4 million on this residence in ritzy Topanga Canyon
CONYERS, GEORGIA: Cullors and her husband also purchased a ‘custom ranch’ on 3.2 acres in 202
Additionally, property records show Cullors has bought two other Los Angeles homes in recent years.
In 2016, she is said to have paid $510,000 for a three-bedroom home in Inglewood.
In 2018, Cullors added another home to her property portfolio, by laying down $590,000 for a four-bedroom home in South L.A., the Post says.
At one stage, Cullors was also said to be ‘eyeing property at the ultra-exclusive Albany resort outside Nassau in the Bahamas where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods have homes.’
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: According to property records, Cullors also owns this LA home
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Cullors also owns a third LA property
BLM suffered a stream of scandal after raising $90 million from supporters, with the nonprofit spending more than $25K of funds at a Malibu resort and co-founder Patrisse Cullors facing backlash over her $3M housing portfolio
Throughout 2020, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation raised $90 million from its supporters. In a recent tax filing, more than half of that funding was given to other organizations or spent on consultants and real estate.
The foundation is currently left with $42 million in assets.
Recent backlash over the movement’s use of funding for real estate has led many to question how it plans to move forward and whether funding is actually given to other social justice organizations.
Co-founder resigns after $3 million housing portfolio was revealed
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors stepped down in 2021 as executive director of the organization amid controversy over her $3 million property portfolio.
Cullors faced fierce backlash over revelations about her personal spending – including the recent purchase of a $1.4 million home in a ritzy L.A. neighborhood.
It caused many to question what percentage of BLM donations were actually going toward social justice programs.
‘As a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, (the foundation) cannot and did not commit any organizational resources toward the purchase of personal property by any employee or volunteer,’ the foundation said in a statement.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors stepped down as executive director of the organization amid controversy over her $3 million property portfolio
The $26,000 spent on a Malibu resort
In addition to Cullors’ portfolio, it was also revealed that a jail reform activist group founded by Cullors spent $26,000 for meetings and ‘appearances’ at a luxury Malibu resort.
Reform LA Jails paid $10,179 for ‘meetings and appearances’ at the Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club, and a further $15,593 at the Malibu Conference Center, which is owned by the resort, between July and September 2019.
A single night in a two-bedroom ‘cozy ranch chic’ suite in July costs $1,200, and guests at the 200-acre resort have access to a private five acre beach on the Malibu coast.
A $6 million California ‘escape house’
New York Magazine reported in 2022 a $6 million California home which was purchased in 2020 with BLM funding.
The filing listed the home as an ‘artist retreat,’ according to a New York Times report, while others document it as a location for BLM members to use when they face death threats.
According to the same tax filing which indicated its total assets, Cullors also repaid the movement for use of the home, which refers to a birthday party her son held there.
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