Kanye West turned me off years ago with College Dropout being that education is the blood that runs through my veins. I love higher education. I hate the inequity and the way women and minorities are treated, but I love higher education. We live in a society where having training or a degree is a necessity, so to say that it is just “paper” angered me, and I refused to buy his first album.
Kanye’s Graduation album was great. It is one of my favorite albums. He is clearly a man who is able to reinvent himself with each album. He is a genius at producing other people’s songs, such as a few songs on Michael Jackson’s newer Thriller album. Love it.
Yet, Kanye is no longer Kanye. He has always been a jerk. He has always been a bit of disrespectful. Over the years, we thought his behavior was okay because he said things that we all said in our own homes. For example, we all know that Beyonce is a much better performer and singer than Taylor Swift. We still can’t understand how Beyonce still does not have the album of the year. We all felt that President George Bush did not care about Black people. Yet, I can say that this not very accurate because of the work Bush did in Africa. Bush is a complicated guy.
If Kanye thought Bush didn’t care about Black people, then he clearly should believe that Trump gives less care. In fact, Trump is more blatant and disrespectful for not caring about Black people. So, when Kanye displays support for Trump, it is interesting because it is one jerk supporting another jerk, but we expected more.
We expect that when Black people move up in life, then they will stay true to the community. We are surprised that they would just turn their backs on us in this way. Yet, Kanye is immersed in White Culture in ways that many of us will never see. His music friends are the only connection he has to Blackness. This makes sense as to why Jay Z and Beyonce cannot see eye-to-eye in his personal world since Jay Z and Beyonce are immersed in Blackness in their art and private lives and philanthropy. Kanye and his wife just visit Blackness. It is clear that they do not know what lines they cannot cross.
Whitney Houston is a line we just don’t cross. I remember watching her first live show. I heard her voice, and I was mesmerized. She stood still and sung. We didn’t know about her drugs. Yet, we eventually saw her rise and when she came out with “Heartbreak Hotel,” it was clear that Houston was not the same woman I first saw. She married Bobby Brown, and we all thought he was bringing her down, yet we didn’t realize how they were personally on each other’s level.
I remember her tribute to Michael Jackson, and I was stunned at how skinny she was. I could count her bones from my television screen. I was pretty sad. I knew that she was on drugs. I didn’t care what drugs, but she was on drugs.
Houston is our – Black community – darling. How dare anyone take a picture of the room, in which she died that is messy and littered with drugs. What is most disrespectful is that said person sold it to Kanye. Then, Kanye used this picture for Pusha T’s album.
She died of an overdose, and her life is more than a picture of a trashy looking hotel. To use this picture to symbolize a trap house and the drug life is even more insulting. We know she was a drug addict, but must we disrespect her legacy even more than just selling an album?
Kanye went too far to disrespect the dead and our Houston. Whitney has a mother who is still alive that aches for her child. From parent to parent, why disrespect her daughter?
For me, this is the last straw, Mr. West. You have now moved from being our voice to become a memory who now doesn’t give a damn about Black folks.
Rolling Ray Undergoes Surgery After Wig Catches On Fire
Social media star Rolling Ray underwent surgery Tuesday morning to treat serious burns on his body after his terrible wig accident last week.
In a series of IG stories, he let his audience follow along as he prepped for surgery.
Last week Rolling Ray announced he was hospitalized after his wig caught on fire! During a January 13 Instagram Live session hosted straight from his hospital bedside, he showed his severely burnt and damaged face telling viewers his “whole skin, legs, arms, feet, and everything” were burned.
In a more recent Live, Ray explained the incident that led to his whole wig catching on fire: an unfortunate smoking accident. “It just, like, lit on fire when I tried to light the cigarette,” he recounted. “So I get to trying to snatch the wig off. B***h, the fire goes to my f*****g shirt, to my feet, to my legs, to my back. It’s a fire everywhere, it’s a fire in the whole room.”
Of course the internet trolled him in a disgusting display of ableism and heartlessness. Comments like “Rolling Ray should have stopped, dropped, and rolled” and “karma’s a b***h” had social media conflicted in its feelings about his accident. His sensation comes from his harsh and, often, below-the-belt reads (just last month he told Yung Miami to “dig (sic) up” her dead baby father. However, the criticism didn’t stop him from responding on Twitter.
Rolling Ray might be problematic as all get-out, but we do not tolerate ableism here. We wish him well as he heals.
Fantasia Reveals Gender of Baby On the Way!
On Tuesday singer-songwriter and “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino took to social media to reveal that she is having a baby girl, her first child with husband Kendall Taylor.
In a series of Instagram stories, Fantasia showed pink fireworks being shot off during a gender reveal party, to her and her hubby’s excitement! She continued by sharing what her daughter-to-be’s name will be: Keziah London Taylor.
The news comes after the couple revealed they had struggled to conceive since their 2015 marriage. During a November episode of her IG Live show “Taylor Talks,” she described continuously praying for a child with her husband. Fantasia, a deeply devout Christian, was obviously elated when she shared the news.
“God I Want To Thank You!” she said in an Instagram caption. “You Gave Us A Seed even when the Doctor said that one of my Tubes [was] Closed you said Different. @salute1st I Love You King and I can’t wait to see who He or She acts Like.”
We can see Fantasia and family are all super excited to be welcoming a baby girl into their lives. All congratulations to her.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Getting Divorced, Report Says
In a story published Tuesday evening, Page Six is reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced, with the two already in settlement talks. The news comes after the couple spent the holiday season separately – Kanye at his ranch outside Cody, Wyoming, Kim and the kids with her famous family in southern California.
A source close to Kardashian was quoted saying, “Kim got Kanye to go up there so they could live separate lives and quietly get things sorted out to separate and divorce. She’s done.” Kardashian, 40, and West, 43, are said to be splitting because of marital problems directly related to Kanye’s very public mental health struggles.
For several years the rapper’s various antics have caused fans to worry. After coming out as a Trump supporter, West then announced his own 2020 presidential bid under a new political party: the Birthday Party. At a campaign rally in South Carolina, he was seen rambling, debating individual audience members, and at times, crying. In various interviews, he has rambled on almost incoherently, and his tweetstorms are now infamous.
For her part, Kim has always supported her husband and has openly discussed the difficulties of their marriage. Back in June, she shared on social media, “Anyone who has [bipolar disorder] or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand… People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual (has) to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
It appears she has finally reached her limit in the union with the unnamed source saying, “She is serious about taking the bar exam and becoming a lawyer, she is serious about her prison reform campaign. Meanwhile Kanye is talking about running for president and saying other crazy s**t, and she’s just had enough of it.”
Separately, a source close to Kanye alleges the rapper is sick of his wife and her family, which might have some truth to it since he has tweeted some pretty nasty things about them in the past. “I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” he said in a now-deleted July tweet. Recently, he hasn’t been featured on his wife’s Instagram and has largely remained out of the public eye.
With the news yet to be confirmed, the “divorce is imminent” reports are just rumors for now. We’ll be following the news as more information comes out.