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The story of Kanye West’s rise to hip-hop stardom is truly a remarkable one. Sadly, the rags-to-riches story is also one that is stained by tragedy. Nearly eight years ago, West lost his mother, Donda West, due to medical complications following cosmetic surgery. The 58-year-old’s untimely passing left West feeling distraught and alone, and with the exception of artistic tributes, the Grammy Award-winning rapper rarely speaks on the tragedy However, in a rare interview with the U.K.’s Q magazine, the 38-year-old revealed that he blames his success for his mom’s death.
When asked what the biggest sacrifice he has made for his career has been, West shockingly replied:
According to the husband and father, his mother would still be alive if they never moved to Los Angeles.
“If I had never moved to L.A. she’d be alive,” he shared. “I don’t want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears.”
Although Miss Donda is not physically here with us anymore, West does an amazing job of keeping her memory alive. In addition to dedicating songs to the former English professor, we reported earlier this year that he’s designing a video game with an objective of getting his mom into the gates of heaven.
The announcement, of course, opened the floodgates and in no time, tabloids were inundated with rumors and speculation regarding just about every aspect of the reality star’s pregnancy. So-called sources claimed to have inside information on everything from the couple’s alleged use of a surrogate to the sex of the baby (or babies as some outlets have reported). Things got so out of control, that Kim eventually took to Twitter to do some rumor control. Ironically, over the weekend, she selected the same social media platform to hand deliver some real news about her pregnancy to fans.
In a Father’s Day post dedicated to Kanye, the reality star revealed that she is carrying a baby boy.
You’re such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too!
We can’t wait to see how North interacts with her baby brother.
You're such a good daddy to North & you will be the best daddy to our new son too! 👨👩👧👦
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 22, 2015
The surgeon who many believe is responsible for the 2007 death of Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, is speaking out and demanding that the Grammy Award-winning rapper clear his name. According to Dr. Jan Adams, he was wrongfully portrayed as a janky surgeon who directly contributed to West’s demise.
“It baffles me when nobody wants to know the truth,” Adams told the New York Daily News. “I think (Kanye) should stand up and tell the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Adam says that what many don’t realize is that West died in her California home one day after being released into the care of her cousin, Stephan Scoggins, who is a nurse with a Ph.D. in public health.
“Most people that I run into think she died on the table, they don’t even know this lady was home for a day,” said Adams. “The truth hasn’t been revealed.”
According to the California surgeon, he suggested that the 58-year-old be placed in the care of a private post-surgery recovery center following her liposuction, tummy tuck, and breast reduction surgeries, but the family insisted that she be treated at home. One day after the procedure, Scoggins reportedly left the home to attend a friend’s baby shower, leaving West in the care of untrained friends, which is when she died.
Adams and a coroner’s report suggest that multiple post-care mistakes contributed to West’s death, including that she consumed 20 Vicodin pills in less than 24 hours and that she was allowed to lie on her back. She wound up choking on her own vomit.
“She aspirated the food contents into her lungs and that’s that,” said Adams. “And four minutes later you’re dead. Jimi Hendrix, that’s how he died. It ain’t magical.”
West was pronounced dead on November 10, 2007 at Centinela Freeman Hospital. The coroner’s report never determined an exact “manner of death,” but noted that vomiting and “medication use for pain” contributed to West’s death.
“It’s a complete tragedy,” said Adams. “Don’t get me wrong, it makes me sick. She was a nice person. I do feel sad about what happened.”
Although the coroner’s report didn’t point the finger at Adams for West’s death, due to her health conditions, other doctors including a rival surgeon who refused to perform the procedures on West, called Adams’ decision to operate on the former Chicago State University faculty member reckless. She suffered from high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
Adams shares that while he would like the rapper to speak up and let the world know that he is not to blame for West’s death, he knows that the chances of this happening are unlikely.
“I think the truth needs to be out there. If he had any b—s or if he was any kind of man he could (speak up). But the real answer is he probably won’t.”
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 16, 2015
In case you missed the memo, we have all become attention whores. It’s not 100% our fault, but the line between what is and what is not to be kept intimate has become a very hazy and foggy shade of gray. At every turn, we overshare life’s intimate moments – whatever that is. Whether it is selfies on the toilet, Snapchats of us brushing our teeth or sharing pictures of our significant other barely dressed for our followers, it makes me wonder: What exactly are we keeping as moments for and to ourselves? Recently, Kanye West updated his fans that his upcoming album title has changed to Swish. With the update, he included a few pictures of Kim Kardashian, his wife and the mother of his beautiful daughter, North. In those images, she was essentially naked. While Kim K. is no stranger to nudes or being seen naked, as a husband, what sense does it make to share your wife’s goodies with the world and fans? Regardless of her past and even recent decision to bare it all on the cover of magazines, when did we lose a sense of intimacy where our bodies, thoughts and more were only for ourselves and our husbands? Social media has significantly influenced the muddying of intimacy. For likes, men and women are shedding clothing, puckering their lips, and flexing their muscles. And while it isn’t every Instagram user, you’d be lying if you said a good percentage of your timeline wasn’t filled with men and women clearly “doing it for the ‘gram.” The need to utilize the most provocative images to garner attention is seemingly weighed as more important than keeping some things private. Diddy defended his latest ad for fragrance 3AM and said it was an attempt to show love as the new sexy. The “fantasy” he displays in his ad is no doubt hot, and sure, it’s nice to see him show some form of affection to Cassie, but the simulation of intimate moments between the two, is it necessary? “The concept for the video represents one of the things that 3 a.m. is for me. It’s a very one-on-one time. It’s a time to have fun and push the envelope a little bit. It’s definitely an hour where you would find yourself with a young lady. Anything can happen at 3 a.m., and in the video, you see a fantasy that’s in my head of what happened that night,” Diddy told Style. And now, every fantasy in your head and played out in your bedroom is being shared for the world to see. We live in a society where sex sells. It assaults us even in cartoons and Disney shows nowadays – you can’t miss the sexual innuendos. With reality TV invading personal space, it has become common practice to post bedroom selfies cuddled up with bae, or random images of you getting in and out the shower. But some of the best moments are best kept quiet. Some things don’t have to be everybody’s business – even if it will guarantee a few hundred likes and get a little attention. Then what?
Well folks, I think I have seen everything. Kanye West just received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thankful for the recognition, “The College Dropout” Grammy winner also mentioned how important the art of “I’m sorry” can be. “‘I’m sorry’ is something you can use a lot,” mentioned West. “It gives you the opportunity to give your opinion, apologize for it and give your opinion again.”
I personally never understood why colleges are willing to hand out honorary degrees, but do understand the marketing ploy. Having a socially relevant and influential figure associated with your institution can certainly help when it comes to funding and attracting applicants. Yet it seems like these days they’ll hand almost anyone an honorary doctorate.
Do you think standards have gone out the window when it comes to the recipient? Or is anyone who makes a splash in pop culture fair game?
“Recipients of honorary doctorate degrees do not earn the degree through academic achievements, rather with generous and altruistic actions or lifetime accomplishments that benefit a community, nation or humanity in general,” one site notes.
This might explain why figures like Bill Gates, Oprah and the late Maya Angelou have complimentary degrees. They made significant contributions to society. Now we want to add Kanye West into the mix? Just to put things in perspective a little, the late great Steve Jobs (y’all remember him) who once gave an amazing commencement speech at Stanford University and didn’t even receive a honorary doctorate. He thought it was weird!
Like West, Jobs was a college dropout whose success is a testament to hard work and dedication. Come to think of it, many celebrity recipients of an honorary doctorate either dropped out of college or didn’t attend at all. Both Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and True Blood star Alexander Skarsgård are two examples of people who received an honorary degree from the very college they left. Mike Tyson dropped out of high school and received a Doctorate of Human Letters from Central State University.
I guess better late than never?
At the end of the day, honorary degrees are subjective. If a college or university feels someone is an appropriate recipient, they will have no problem giving out a doctorate to a celebrity. We might agree with some and side eye others, but ultimately just have to nod and keep it moving.
And what about celebrities with shamed legacies like Bill Cosby? Given he has well over 15 honorary degrees, should they be rescinded?
I personally don’t have a PhD. It’s too much school for me, but who knows what can happen down the road. I do however know plenty of friends and relatives who went to school and put in the hard work to obtain one. Some don’t care if a celebrity gets an honorary doctorate while others think it sets the wrong tone for those pursuing higher education. Why pay so much money to the point of debt when you can just have one handed to you?
Considering the stunts stars pull to pretend they’re not in a relationship one second, only to blab about whatever it is they have going on with another star the next, it’s hard to take a lot of celebrity relationships seriously. But the following courtships are especially difficult to talk about without rolling one’s eyes. From Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill to Kylie Jenner and Tyga, we look at 15 couples people are not taking seriously.
Deepak Nope-rah: 11 Times Stars Wanted Us To Believe They Were Deep When They Actually Sounded Crazy
We’ve all had those moments when we read a celeb quote that made us roll our eyes and shake our heads because the star absolutely tried it. Thanks to social media, you can always expect a head-scratch worthy quote from a fake deep celeb. Let’s take a look at 11 times celebs did the absolute most.
Kanye and Kim Kardashian West have filed a lawsuit against one of the co-founders of YouTube for leaking footage of their October 2013 marriage proposal. Billboard says, the Wests are likely to win their lawsuit against Chad Hurley, who posted footage of their proposal on his news site, MixBit. Hurley, who attended the elaborate event, claims the confidentiality agreement he signed did not bind him from posting the video to his site.
He also says he did not leak the confidential information about the proposal because the proposal was also filmed and aired for Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Wests’ lawyer believes “Hurley’s new venture, MixBit, was not doing well, he posted the video on MixBit, which provided it with significant publicity, and he did so within hours of leaving the event. A jury may reasonably infer fraudulent intent from these circumstances.”
Hurley’s lawyer refutes these claims by saying it was his client’s First Amendment right to post and protect the video as his own intellectual property. The Wests have not stated how much money they are seeking if they win their lawsuit, but it will be significant ,since their attorney Eric George believes Hurley’s video generated and increased traffic on his site, which has generated a profit.
Do you think the Wests should be suing Hurley for leaking footage of their engagement since their lives are highly publicized in the media?
Jay and his celebrity friends just recently launched the music screaming service Tidal, which he paid a whopping $56 million for. But already there’s drama. And leave it to Kanye West to add to it.
After deleting all references to Tidal on his social media accounts, West has started promoting the service again, reports the New York Daily News. No word on why he initially deleted the Tidal info after coming out as a celebrity partner in and supporting the venture.
There is some speculation that West decided not to back a sinking ship. The app has dropped out of iTunes’s top 700 most downloads chart this week, according to BGR. Meanwhile BGR reports that for the same week, Pandora and Spotify took the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on the U.S. iPhone revenue chart, respectively. And, despite new competition from Tidal, this was the first time two music streaming services have hit the top four in sales at the same time, reports E! Online.
Tidal sat in the number 19 spot for a minute, but then fell below number 200 in a couple of weeks.
Why the slow down on Tidal? Maybe it is the price point. Users can pay between $10 a month for digital audio-quality or $20 a month for CD-quality sound. But that doesn’t compare to free, which a lot of fans are looking for in their music services. Tidal’s owners — Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Rihanna among them — already have millions. So asking for more money is, no doubt, leaving a bad taste in some people’s mouths.
And some say the functionality of the app isn’t up to par.
There is also speculation as to why the West social media tantrum; that he is jealous over the news that Jay Z and Beyoncé plan to release a joint album exclusively on Tidal. The news comes from DJ Skee, host of Skee TV, reports The Huffington Post.
The Carters have not confirmed the rumor, however. But an album is in works, confirmed in Billboard in February.
But it could be a good move to lure in new Tidal subscribers. If Jay Z’s personal phone calls didn’t help boost Tidal numbers, a collaborative CD from the power couple could.
Separately, there’s been some upheaval within Tidal such that the CEO and 25 employees have been ousted.
Director and Empire producer Lee Daniels, Kanye West and Orange Is The New Black breakout star Laverne Cox are among the notable names on this year’s Time 100 list of influencers.
Of Lee Daniels, Oprah says, “He forces you, in every breath, to stay in character. To find the bone-marrow truth in every scene, no matter what it takes to get there. He’s a truth seeker.”
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla writes of Kanye, “Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose.”
And writing about Cox, trans activist Jazz Jennings says, “She’s done so many amazing things—not just acting on Orange Is the New Black but also loving herself enough to share her story with the world. She’s a pioneer for our community.”
Other notable names on the list include Mellody Hobson, businesswoman and Dreamworks chairwoman; ballerina Misty Copeland; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative; Tony winner Audra McDonald; and Kevin Hart.
Of course, there are questions about what exactly an influencer is. Also on the list is Kim Kardashian who, Martha Stewart says, “is a media phenomenon.” Still, many would question just how influential she is, or at least how influential they want her to be.
And even more people might question a list that would put her on the same list as author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dr. Jerry Brown, who fought ebola in West Africa and artist Chris Ofili.
But influence here seems very much determined by the impact one makes on culture and society. The list — other names on there are Bradley Cooper, President Barack Obama and the Notorious RBG, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — is comprised of people from across industries and geographies who are doing and creating the things that have us tweeting, IGing and thinking of the present and future in different ways.
How do you define influence? And any thoughts on this list?