The Heartbreak of Kanye West By Dream Hampton

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akaIt seems so long ago, but it has been only a week since Mr. West came out of the closet as the same-dragon-loving, Trump-supporting, slave-shaming, alt-fact fire breather. Last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by the actor and musician Donald Glover, turned Mr. West’s weeklong trolling into the horror film it felt like. But ending the week laughing at Mr. Glover’s sendup of Mr. West hasn’t made watching him unravel any less infuriating or heartbreaking.

Mr. West thought his recent return to Twitter after an almost yearlong hiatus, with relentless contrarian, stream-of consciousness tweets from the minuscule Negro corner of the alt-right world, would read like a takeover of Twitter. But that’s not how the platform works. Black Twitter runs Twitter, and Black Twitter swiftly handed Mr. West his lunch. Mr. West was reading the blowback and did exactly what a person does when he or she is losing — he dug in.

Black Twitter had seen that show before when Mr. West posed for cameras in the lobby of Trump Tower in December 2016 after being hospitalized. The anger at the rapper was because he has allowed himself to be a useful idiot for a useful idiot.

Like Mr. Trump, who also brags about not reading books, Mr. West is parroting the racist right-wing talking points he has learned from watching YouTube videos. The same white power wing nuts who trolled him for years as a way of defending Taylor Swift’s honor are now over the moon to hear the rapper blame President Barack Obama for not ameliorating gang violence in Chicago, to see Mr. West at the office of the gossip website TMZ blaming his own enslaved ancestors for their enslavement.

 

Because the trolls won the election, their dangerous drivel sometimes becomes policy, as the musician John Legend tried to tell Mr. West in a series of reasonable texts that Mr. West immediately published. Those talking points from Alex Jones and company perpetuate mass criminalization and incarceration, deportation and worse.

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Kanye West and President-elect Trump at Trump Tower in 2016.CreditTimothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

When a poll shows 20 percent of Trump supporters would have opposed the freeing of slaves, it’s more than a fun punctuation ending the night on cable news. Those talking points run in tandem with textbooks used in Texas schools that describe slaves as “workers” and their journey to America as “immigration.” The denial of the sadism and brutality of slavery is perpetuated when there’s “another side” arguing to keep statues and symbols of the Confederacy in public places, and when plantation tours explain the generosity with which slave owners cared for their chattel. 

When Mr. Legend and Mr. West later demonstrated their lasting friendship by publishing pictures of themselves at a baby shower “despite their differences,” they advanced the fiction that theirs are two equal but divergent viewpoints. They are not. There is the same old white supremacy that denies black humanity, and there are people who struggle mightily against white supremacy and for black life.

It would be unfair to call Mr. West’s public outbursts mere stunts. He was right about the MTV Video Music Awards best female video of 2009. Beyoncé should have won. Mr. West was at his most profound in 2005 when he said George Bush doesn’t care about black people after that president did a flyby of the poor and black victims of New Orleans’s levee failure.

akim-kardashian-west-superJumbo-v4When Hurricane Katrina happened, Mr. West was a new artist and his “College Dropout” was an album that helped give millennials a clear sense of identity. He wrote about being insecure, about not being comfortable managing his new money and visibility. That honesty was refreshing. His self-reflection and self-diagnosis felt familiar to a generation that drafted dozens of confessionals a day on social media.

Kids who were in high school and younger when Mr. West made his debut connected with him more than they did with M.C.s like Jay-Z or even Tupac Shakur or Biggie Smalls, who deserve respect but belonged to another era. 50 Cent seemed a Neanderthal compared with the nerdy, backpack-wearing Mr. West.

Mr. West rose as the economy collapsed, and his open insecurity spoke to a generation whose struggle was the housing market collapse, not a crack epidemic. He is the son of a single mother, a professor who raised him abroad for a semester or two in China. His story was more like President Obama’s than 50 Cent’s.

This new generation didn’t necessarily believe in crowns, but Mr. West was their guy, and almost immediately after being chosen, he began to collapse from the pressure.

We’ve seen Mr. West melt down before. His 2013 radio interview with the journalist Sway was as unhinged as Mr. Trump’s recent call-in to “Fox & Friends.” Mr. Trump and Mr. West both seemed to want the same thing in those tirades — to be recognized as gods. Mr. Trump roared into the phone about the Breitbart calculator he uses to argue voter fraud cost him the popular vote. The rapper screamed at Sway, who seemed unwilling to concede that Mr. West is the greatest artist of his generation. Or maybe Mr. West was arguing he was the greatest artist of any generation. It’s hard to remember. We got a harmless new pop culture refrain from the interview — “How, Sway?” — and mostly moved on.

But unlike Mr. Trump’s call, Mr. West’s interview with Sway was videotaped. We were witnessing something more than his outsize ego doing battle with his mammoth insecurity. His refusal to make eye contact with Sway was particularly off-putting. He spent the hour talking to the heavens — not to the interviewer, not even to the audience. Absent was the wink and nod embedded in Muhammad Ali’s news conference performances, where he talked about himself in the third person and invented the kind of braggadocio that would become hip-hop’s bedrock. Watching Mr. West during that interview, some of us began to worry about his mental health.

Like most of his fans, I’m not qualified or interested in actually attempting to diagnose an illness in Mr. West. He has shared with us that he has been medicated and hospitalized. He has also told us that his recent Twitter rant is unconnected to his mental health, that he is fine. His performance at TMZ was similar to his interview with Sway. It wasn’t until Van Lathan, on the staff there, interrupted to take him on about slavery that Mr. West even seemed present in the room, and that was truly heartbreaking to watch.

But what was dangerous was the way Mr. West included Candace Owens, an alt-right darling, a black woman and puppet, on his broadcast from the TMZ office. Her participation was most likely arranged by alt-right operatives. A Black Lives Matter strategist hypothesized as much on his Facebook page when he noticed white power operatives taking credit for connecting the two.

With uncharacteristic generosity, Mr. West ceded the mic to Ms. Owens, who allows a racist, misogynist movement to hold her up as evidence that it is neither. Mr. Trump’s speechwriters made sure to include Mr. West in his recent speech to the National Rifle Association, thanking the rapper for “doubling” his approval numbers among black people. He was referring to a real poll, but he got it wrong. The doubling was only among black men, from 11 percent to 22 percent (with a margin of error of nine points).

Mr. West barely owned the entire week. R. Kelly had some karma delivered to his front door, and the fascist, feeble Rudy Giuliani had his moments, embarrassing himself. But Mr. West’s shrill missives from the monochromatic sunken place that is his mansion may be consequential in ways he can’t fathom.

Dream Hampton (@dreamhampton) is a filmmaker and writer.

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Kanye West suggests African-American slavery was ‘a choice’

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Image captionKanye West recently recorded a song defending his support for Donald Trump

US rapper Kanye West has said the enslavement of African Americans over centuries may have been a “choice”.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said during an appearance on entertainment site TMZ.

“We’re mentally imprisoned,” the star added. He recently made headlines for his support for President Trump.

Black people were forcibly brought from Africa to the US during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and sold as slaves.

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West later tweeted that his comments on Tuesday had been misinterpreted and that he “brought up the 400 years point because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years”.

To the interviewers at TMZ, West said that “right now we’re choosing to be enslaved”, which provoked an angry response from a black member of staff at the company, Van Lathan.

Mr Lathan said the rapper’s comments appeared to be made with “the absence of thought”.

“You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” he added as the star stood still stroking his chin.

“We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice,” Mr Lathan continued, adding: “I’m appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me that isn’t real.”

In the TMZ footage, West refers to Mr Trump as “my boy” and says that the president is “one of rap’s favourite people”.

His comments sparked a backlash on social media with some Twitter users suggesting the rapper should revisit the history books.

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It comes just days after West released a song defending his support for Mr Trump, who he has insisted is “fighting for the people”.

The controversial track, Ye vs The People, caused a stir among rappers, including Snoop Dogg, who appeared offended by its lyrical content.

“Like a gang truce, the first Blood to shake the Crip’s hand,” West raps, referring to a peace agreement between two notorious Los Angeles street gangs.

West has courted controversy with his support for Mr Trump and conservative commentators like Scott Adams and Candace Owens, who has spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Black Twitter reacts to Kanye West’s latest interviews with #IfSlaveryWasA By Tim Mulkerin

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After going on a Twitter rampage April 25 — which included donning his red “Make America Great Again” hat and saying he loves Trump because they “are both dragon energy” — West spouted even more outrageous quotes in a Tuesday interview with TMZ, claiming slavery was a choice.

“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” West said in the TMZ newsroom. “You was there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all?”

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Understandably, West’s assertion that slavery was “a choice” drew intense, immediate criticism from within the TMZ newsroom itself.

“While you are making music and being an artist and living a life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” TMZ staffer Van Lathan argued. “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed. I’m appalled. And brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real.”

Once West’s latest comments began making the rounds, Black Twitter started imagining how things would’ve been different if slavery actually was a choice. Thus, the hashtag #IfSlaveryWasAChoice was born.

Kim Kardashian West has talked to the White House about pardoning a nonviolent drug offender 

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Kim Kardashian West and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner have spoken over the phone about a possible presidential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old great-grandmother serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.
The telephone calls, according to a source with knowledge of the conversations, have taken place over the course of the past several months and have picked up in intensity over the last several days. A representative for Kardashian West confirmed to Mic that she has been in communication with the White House and is working to bring Johnson’s case to the president’s desk.
Johnson, who has been in federal prison since October 1996, has captured international attention from criminal reform activists — and Kardashian West.
Kardashian West first learned about Johnson’s case from a Mic video published in October. Kardashian West shared it on Twitter, and the video has since been viewed more than 8 million times.
Still, it appears the only clear path for Johnson’s release would be a presidential pardon or clemency — which could come at odds with Trump’s recent proposal to impose the death penalty for certain drug dealers.
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Kanye West goes on wild Twitter rant, praises Trump and abruptly fires Scooter Braun — INKLING LEAGUE

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Kanye West can’t stop tweeting.

The rapper has been ranting wildly on Twitter — including several pro-Trump tweets — following reports that he abruptly fired his manager Scooter Braun.

Beginning Tuesday and extending into Wednesday afternoon, the rapper tweeted nearly constantly about everything from his Yeezy fashion line to Coachella and his daughter, North. In the afternoon, he took the time to send some love to his “brother” Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

The love seems mutual as Trump tweeted back at the rapper, “Thank you Kanye, very cool!”

But it didn’t take long for West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, to chime in and require her husband to clairfy a few things about his political tweets.

She also went on a rant of her own defending her husband’s tweets.

Many of West’s tweets seemed disconnected or nonsensical and some focused on slamming recent media coverage that claims those close to West are concerned for his health.

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Kanye West’s Twitter tirade.  (Twitter)

The news of Braun’s firing comes a few days after Ebro Darden, of Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning,” claimed West told him during a wide-ranging interview, “Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.”

He wrote Wednesday: “there’s been a lot of fake news so I just wanted to give you the facts. Yeezy will become the biggest apparel company in human history by working with the most genius level talents and creating product at an affordable price. I hired the head of supply chain from the Gap.”

He also tweeted about his rumored presidential ambitions.

“Harvey Levin of TMZ your hearing from your future president. Let’s be friends. Please never use the word erratic to describe a person who is economically and psychologically empowered.”

He also acknowleged that he fired Braun writing, “I can’t be managed.”

He added: “yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn’t come to work full time. I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.”

West abruptly fired A-list manager Braun, who also reps Ariana Grande and Justin Beiber. According to Page Six, West has recently also fired other members of his “inner circle” following his big announcement of five new albums, a philosophy book and hinting a possible presidential run with a tweet that simply read, “2024.”

Sources in the industry told Page Six they are “very worried for Yeezy’s mental health” and worry that he could be on the verge of “another episode.”

In the midst of West’s bizarre Twitter rant, it was also reported that the “Famous” rapper has had “explosive fights” with his mother-in-law, Kim Kardashian’s mom Kris Jenner. But the momager quickly shot down the rumors and did some tweeting of her own.

On Tuesday, Jenner retweeted a People magazine article that claimed she and Kanye were in the middle of spat and said, “Lies, Lies, Lies.”

She further defended her son-in-law and retweeted another article, which alleged the Kanye has been “on edge” and “difficult to deal with” and said, “Nope…not true!”

The rapper also tweeted at People and warned them about tweeting his name and said, “People magazine. Watch how you speak my name. You would love a pair of Yeezys.  Don’t play yourself.”

West’s current actions on Twitter are reminiscent of his behavior back in November 2016 when the performer was forced to cancel 21 tour dates after suffering a “nervous breakdown.” During the time of his break down, the singer was said to be hospitalized for exhaustion which was triggered by the anniversary of his mother’s death on top of stress from trying to balance a tour, an album and his fashion line.

The claim from Darden that the hospitalization stemmed from a drug addiction is new.

But one source told People that Kanye’s current mood wasn’t anything to worry about and blamed his “genius” personality for his controversial behavior.

“I think a lot of that stuff is Kanye,” the source said. “He’s always been like that. Kanye’s definitely the most genius and eccentric and erratic person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.”

Kanye West can’t stop tweeting. The rapper has been ranting wildly on Twitter — including several pro-Trump tweets — following reports that he abruptly fired his manager Scooter Braun. Beginning Tuesday and extending into Wednesday afternoon, the rapper tweeted nearly constantly about everything from his Yeezy fashion line to Coachella and his daughter, North. In the afternoon, […]

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One Million Followers Unfollow American Rapper, Kanye West Within 10 Minutes

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Earlier the rapper had shared a message of support for the controversial leader of the US during a nine-hour tweeting marathon in which he declared that no one could make him “not love” Trump.

However, his declaration of love for Trump has seen his followers dip by a whopping 1 million as fans appear to be hitting the unfollow button over his political stance.

The 40-year-old had almost 28 million followers when he first tweeted:-

“You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.”

But minutes later after the president then retweeted the post to his own feed with the message “Thank you Kanye, very cool!” his number had dwindled to just 27 million.

 

“YEEZYs are ugly”- Media personality Toolz

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“YEEZYs are ugly”,- Media personality Toolz

Media personality Tolu Oniru popularly known as Toolz during her handover session with Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi on the Beat FM earlier today, called out American rapper Kanye West’s fashion house YEEZY “ugly”.

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In light of Kanye West recent Twitter rants declaring his support for American president Donald Trump, social media has gone on frenzy.

Here is what he said:

“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything everyone does. That’s what makes us individuals and we have a right to be independent”. The rapper said in the tweet”.

Kanye has earlier been referred to as “erratic” and need “mental care” by some media houses recently.

He also has a signed “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) cap.

This brought Kanye West to the OAP’s attention during the handover today with Gbemi.

She said:

“YEEZYS are ugly…and quite expensive”

The OAP also claimed that the only reason people but the design is because of Kanye’s fame.

Toolz and Gbemi during their handovers have been known to be very opinionated and today wasn’t an exception as the Deputy Head of Programs for the radio station called out Kanye.

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50Cent disses Kanye West and Donald Trump on IG

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50Cent disses Kanye West and Donald Trump on IG

In a recent post on Instagram, American rapper- 50Cent disses Kanye West and President Donald Trump with a controversial picture he captioned #theoath.

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50cent is one of many American celebrities who has publicly called out Kanye for openly endorsing controversial American president, Donald Trump.

In the picture Kanye is hugging Donald Trump from behind romantically.

The president is wearing a wedding dress and Kanye is in a black suit.

It is a photo shopped picture of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Vogue’s article cover before their wedding.

However, Kim’s face, arms, hair and shoulders had been replaced with the 71 year old president of the United States of America

Kanye has been tweeting controversial tweets for days now.

The controversial rapper is known for publicly speaking out his most often unpopular views.

Here are some excerpts from Kanye West’s tweets recently:

“…I really appreciate this dialogue with John Legend because I’m actually very empathetic. I’m still the kid from the telethon. I feel when people think of MAGA they don’t think of empathy…”

“…It’s really cool to say I hate you. But it’s not cool to say I love you. Love has a stigma…”

The Grammy winner has also taken to sharing screenshots of his chats with other celebrities including John Legend.

Here is the screenshot between Kanye and John Legend:

 

Kim Kardashian Shares Stunning Topless Photo

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Kim KardashianKim Kardashian has shared a photo of herself going topless while on vacation on her personal app.

Okurr! Kim Kardashian revealed a topless photo of herself sporting Calvin Klein undergarments while on vacation in Turks and Caicos.

The 37-year-old reality star shared the sensual snapshot in an app post on Tuesday, April 17, as she also dished on her favorite at-home spa treatments for keeping her skin vibrant and healthy.

“I love indulging in spa treatments, but they can be so time-consuming and pricey!” Kardashian explained. “There are a ton of at-home alternatives that are quick to use and less expensive.”

As for her go-tos? “I swear by Dr. Ourian’s laser treatments, but this tool is the next best thing,” the KKW Beauty founder said of the Tria Smoothbeauty Laser. “It helps rebuild collagen to make your skin look more youthful and radiant.”

The social media maven also takes care of her skin by undergoing microdermabrasion treatments. “Microdermabrasion is such a good treatment option for anyone with sun damage, discoloration, acne scars and other blemished,” noted Kardashian, who uses the PMD Personal Micoderm Pro to nurture her skin. “I love doing this type of treatment during the spring and summer, as the sun can be SO damaging to the skin. This at-home tool deeply exfoliates the top layer of your skin to reveal brighter and smoother skin.”

Kardashian has shared many glamorous photos from her Caribbean getaway with sister Kourtney Kardashian. She previously posted pics of herself via Instagram tanning beachside and taking a dip in the ocean.

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