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In the reconceptualized words of Dave Chappelle, “Can somebody please, find Kanye West? Get hold of this mofo so I can make sense out of all of this. Where is Mr. West? Hide me Kanye West…”
But in all seriousness, there is a certain uncomfortable silence from America’s most vocal celebrity agitator at a time when we probably need to hear him the most. Yes, I’m talking about Ferguson. Yes, I’m talking about justice for Mike Brown, and Rekia Boyd and John Crawford and Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, Aiyana Jones and the rest of the brothers and sisters who are shot by a police officer every 28 hours here in America. If we could count on anybody having something to say about all of this, it would have been Kanye West. But lately, he hasn’t been saying much, and for me, that is slightly bothersome…
It’s not because I feel like West should be obligated to speak. I am of the school of thought that not every celebrity needs to make a political statement, especially when it is not helpful. Yeah, I’m talking about the neo-Negros among us like Kobe Bryant, Nelly, T.I. and Pharrell Williams (sort of), who all have been preaching this slightly ironic and exceptional view of respectability. I mean, a good portion of Williams’ early career involved him making beats for “bully” music, most notably “Superthug” by N.O.R.E. So if he wanted to do something about bully culture, being more selective about who he works with and accepts money from, is a good place to start.
However, Mr. West has always been a bit different from his fellow brethren in entertainment. For one, he’s always been sort of a race man. And no other incident illustrates that more than his now infamous ad-libbed statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” which he made during the Hurricane Katrina telethon. If you watch the video in its entirety, you will notice that West was pretty off-the-cuff and filled with raw emotion during his short speech. At one point in the video, particularly when his chest started heaving up and down, I thought for sure he was going to cry.
However, that single coherent statement out of all that raw emotion became one of the most profound and heartfelt political sentiments to ever come from that sad time. Why? Because West didn’t take the easy way out of just blaming black folks for not swimming hard enough. Nor did he punk out and just continue on with the script in front of him. What he did that evening of the telethon took plenty of guts and courage. I can’t imagine anyone else then or even now, being brave enough to do that.
And that is what many of us loved the most about West: You could always count on him to speak from his heart. And yes, even a little (okay, a lot) from his ego. There is no doubt that West goes hard for himself. And at times, he can be obnoxiously cocky in his assurance of himself, as illustrated by this third person account of Kanye West’s success as told by Kanye West in an interview with the New York Times. In particular, he tells the paper, “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture.”
He would again declare himself among the greats in a separate (and also infamous) interview with Sway, noting in particular: “I am Warhol! I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation. I am Shakespeare in the flesh. Walt Disney, Nike, Google.”
It’s all sounds so unnecessarily self-aggrandizing until you consider the amount of belief in one’s self it takes to achieve the level of musical success (I’m not even talking about financial success because many untalented people are making major bank nowadays) West has achieved. If you’ll recall, not only did West spit the verses of “Through the Wire” through an actual wired jaw, but he also put up the money and more for his own marketing and promotion for the career-launching track.
There is a certain amount of narcissism needed to think above all visible indicators and detractors that your art, along with the thoughts in your head, are legitimate and worthy of public discourse and appreciation. West has that and over the years, has used that for the benefit of those who can’t always speak for themselves (or have the platform to speak for themselves).
But that was the past. And today, I read more headlines about West apologizing profusely to white people all over this country than I do of him actually saying something worthwhile. And I find that troubling.
In some respect I can understand his hesitation to speak out. His boldness oftentimes has come at a high price, with some obstacles still holding him back to this day. The mainstream media hasn’t forgotten about the Taylor Swift incident. The pundits and other talking heads have reduced his thoughts and opinions to the ravings of a self-indulgent eccentric. He gets booed and harassed by paparazzi just about every place that he goes. And even common folks, the same folks he used to lend his voice to, now mock and ridicule him worse than any in the actual paid media can.
A few years back West told the audience at the UK’s Big Chill film festival about the chilly reception he has been getting as of late, saying “I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m f***in’ insane, like I’m Hitler.” I can imagine that this public perception probably motivates him to choose the words that he shares with the larger community with more discretion…
But that hasn’t exactly been the case. And West has been more than willing to be controversial, but only with some things. Like using the Confederate flag in some of his touring merchandise. Or when he showed up at Occupy Wall Street as a prop for Russell Simmons. Or performing with a white Jesus. In fact, the only substantial outrage West has shown recently is when he made a fuss about the croissant shortage in his song, “I Am A God.”
It would appear that the most vocal mainstream celebrity has been neutralized, or perhaps, he simply no longer cares about anything important. Whatever the reason, you have to admit that there is something weird about the angriest black male celebrity in America not having a single thing to say.
— Nigel Int’l D. (@Nigel_D) October 31, 2014
I wonder if the Carters watch “Black-ish”? If you watched this week’s Halloween episode, you saw the Dre and his family went as the Jackson 5. Earlier today, we reported that Beyoncé dressed as Janet Jackson from her Rhythm Nation days. But Blue got the better costume. She was a young Michael Jackson, complete with the shiny glove, boots and a curl. And it’s just too adorable. Check out a couple of pictures of her stepping out with her parents last night.
Apparently, Jay Z didn’t want to join in on all the family theme. Later that evening, he was seen wearing a mask on the back of his head but it wasn’t Jackson family related. Bey and Blue got the best ones. Though it would have been pretty hilarious to see him attempt the Jermaine Jackson spray painted hair.
As smart at that little Blue Ivy is, I wouldn’t be surprised if she specially asked to be Michael Jackson. Either way she’s adorable. And I peep the little twist hanging out, just like Michael used to have that single curl hanging down in his face. Blue isn’t the only celebrity baby whose debuted her Halloween costume already, this morning Kim Kardashian shared a few pics of North West. Check them out on the next page.
Money ain’t a thing for Kanye West it seems. The rapper has reportedly turned down a $4.5 million Las Vegas gig, according to reports says The New York Daily News.
A Vegas residency seems to be good enough for Jennifer Lopez, who reportedly inked a residency deal at the Axis theater at Planet Hollywood. This is the same location of Britney Spears’ “Piece Of Me” residency show. Word is Lopez will do a total of 72 shows, three times a week for 24 weeks over the course of two years. And she is rumored to make $350,000 per night, $40,000 more than what Spears is currently earning for her residency. “Her final paycheck would total around $26 million,” reports The Huffington Post.
(A Forbes contributor says the deal will be good for Lopez because although she is worth $300 million, her recent business endeavors have not performed up to projections. It is also speculated she won’t keep her American Idol judging position for much longer because the show’s audience is not as receptive as it used to be.)
But West was reportedly offered a nine-show, $500,000-a-night gig at the same venue, where Britney Spears is currently in residency, but turned it down. The offer came even though West’s last record didn’t fare so well. His sixth studio album Yeezus, which was certified platinum by the RIAA, only moved around 630,000 units since being released on June 18, reports Music Times. The platinum certification merely means that one million copies of the album were shipped to stores — it doesn’t mean that many were actually sold.
It must be real nice being a celebrity that makes millions a year. Some act as if the money will never end–and kudos to those who can keep it coming. While us regular folks need to budget in order to keep our homes in order, it never gets old to hear about crazy spending sprees. Check out these celebrities and how they waste their money. Guess if you got it, you got it?
Recently, North West captivated us with her adorable cheeks and her Mommy & Me couture while becoming the youngest front row guest at Paris Fashion Week. Instead of living vicariously through her, children everywhere can have playtime like the one-year-old Chanel model.
In an Instagram post, Aunty Khloe Kardashian revealed the dolls North plays with. Unsurprisingly, they were modeled after her parents Kanye and Kim Kardashian West. The Kanye doll wears a faux fur vest and leather pants and the Kim K. doll flaunts a cheetah print top and fitted skirt that accentuates the doll’s curvaceous hips.
The manufacturer of these toys, Celine Dolls, posted the parental dolls along with North’s own version on their Instagram.
North’s doll is seen wearing a pink dress with a Eiffel Tower sequin patch. Although the doll is cute, Hollywood Life reports Kim has noted pink is not North’s favorite color or “thing.”
If you are interested in purchasing the West Family dolls or perhaps create your own, Celine Dolls’ starting price is $198 with a deposit of $100. Please note, these are the base prices per doll.
Will you be purchasing a doll family?
I’m usually unmoved by celebrity gossip, but when it comes to children, I’m sensitive. The thought of celebrity parents parading their offspring around like accessories in a desperate attempt to stay relevant in pop culture really sickens me. So when a recent photograph of Kanye, Kim and the beautiful little North West dressed alike in lingerie-esque black Givenchy ensembles made its way down my Twitter timeline, I was equal parts horrified, mystified and empathetic for the child.
On a night out with paparazzi swarming, attention-gluttons Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attended a NYFW show to support Kim’s sister, Kendall Jenner. In tow was their adorable infant, North West… only she wasn’t dressed like an infant at all. It seems that she was dressed to match her mother’s very adult, sheer, black get-up in a see-through lace blouse of her own. She walked along with little black pants and sneakers that looked less than comfortable for a child who can barely walk securely on her own two feet.
I absolutely applaud parents for taking interest in their childrens’ appearance. I love that we are seeing so many fashion-forward ideas for the little ones. What I can’t endorse is the trend of dressing children in outfits that are clearly too grown up for them. Why is an infant dressed in a see-through blouse? Whose idea was it to design such a thing for a baby?
Little North West looked uncomfortable to say the least, and who can blame her? I can only imagine that she was dying for a comfortable onesie and her toys at that time of night. I doubt that she was excited about some scratchy lace get-up and dozens of photographers rushing her in a hail of flashing lights. To my way of thinking, a baby has no business being put on display and opened up to any and every kind of criticism and energy before they can even learn to speak. Babies aren’t accessories or props. They aren’t pets we dress up for show. They’re little humans that need a whole different standard of care than adults, but for some reason, we’ve decided to ignore this as pop culture seems to drive most of everything nowadays.
It’s unfortunate that we’re not more careful about what kind of attention we invite to our own offspring, the ones we’re supposed to be protecting and nurturing the most. Perhaps it’s the times we are living in that give acclaim and reality shows and front pages of magazines to people who have done nothing but simply exist. This, in turn, creates the struggle to stay in the public’s eye, and too often, pop culture celebrities thrust their children into the fray in a way that is less than smart, chipping away at their ability to truly be innocent children. It’s not impossible for celebrity parents to raise children AS children, but I suppose that if being famous for being famous is your bread and butter, you’ve got to maintain visibility in any way possible–even if it that means sacrificing your child’s childhood.
Here’s to hoping that North West gains some sensible adult allies as she grows and develops.
La Truly is a writer, higher education professional and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young women of color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her musings on her ever-evolving website: www.hersoulinc.com.
While entering the Balmain Womenswear show for Paris Fashion Week earlier today, Kim Kardashian got quite the scare–and it came at the hands of a known troublemaker whose behavior is getting more and more out of control.
As Kanye and Kim exited their vehicle for the show, photographers and fans swarmed their car. Security was present, but things quickly went left as Kardashian stepped out. A man grabbed her by her legs and tried to pull her down.
Security stepped in quickly to pull her away, and mom Kris Jenner could be heard screaming “stop it!” as the scene unfolded. Kanye, who was on the opposite side of the car, pushed through the people to get over to his wife, but she met up with him to calm him down and let him know that she was fine. Reportedly, other photographers were the ones who held the man down as she was whisked away. The Wests continued on into the show with security all around, and the scene as they entered was ridiculous to say the least. A sea of people crowded around and flashes went off like crazy.
TMZ reports that the attacker was Ukranian “prankster” Vitalii Sediuk, and his rep says that he is taking credit for the lunge at Kim. If you’ll recall, he’s the same guy who tried to give Will Smith a kiss on the red carpet of one of the actor’s film premieres (and was smacked by Smith for it). He’s also the guy who jumped on Brad Pitt on the red carpet of the Maleficent premiere. AND at the premiere of “How To Train Your Dragon” at the Cannes Film Festival, Sediuk crawled underneath America Ferrera’s dress before security grabbed him.
Sediuk was a reporter for the Ukranian TV channel 1+1 and used his credentials to do most of these things. He was fired ONLY after the incident with Ferrera, so it’s unclear how he keeps getting access to events and places in order to do these things. Either way, he needs to be stopped before he gets even more brazen with his so-called “pranks.” And this is also a sign that these celebrities need better security. What if wasn’t a prankster, but a complete crazed and violent person? Scary.
Check out TMZ’s video of the incident HERE.
On September 19, students at L.A. Trade Technical College received the opportunity to learn from Grammy award winning musician and producer Kanye West. In order to serve his court-mandated 250 hours of community service for confronting paparazzi, West volunteered at the college.
The students who participated were a part of the school’s digital communications department along with high school dropouts who were in the college’s bridge program. During his appearance West taught the students about his personal experiences in the music and fashion industries. And of course, Kanye was Kanye.
Complex magazine interviewed Andre Pitts, a visual communications major, to find out what the students learned from Professor Yeezy. Pitts says West allowed a Q&A session after his almost two-hour speech about life and what it means to be successful. Here are a few highlights from Pitt’s interview:
So once the excitement died down after he walked in, did he just start talking?
No, he walked through the door and then nobody was yelling or anything obviously, but everyone kind of just started talking to the people around them and he went over to the instructors of the class and spoke to them quietly for a minute. And then he introduced—well he didn’t introduce himself—but the teacher kind of said, “Well all of you know who this is obviously,” so then he started talking.
That’s crazy. What do you remember him speaking about?
A lot of stuff. He was all over the place, but I mean, one of the main things he was talking about was…he was giving examples of different things and saying that having a Rolex or a Benz is not something that actually represents your success because there’s always something more expensive to buy. So, he was saying that success was really being able to do things for others as well as the people around you and yourself.
Is there anything else that really stuck with you that he made sure to emphasize as a significant point?
He was all over the place. He reminds me of my brother, the way he didn’t really stick to one thing. He talked about Tupac. He was watching the movie Juice, and he was inspired by Tupac being in the movie. He talked about how Ice Cube is one of his biggest inspirations and one of his biggest let-downs. He talked a little bit about Steve Jobs. He mentioned a little bit about how the media portrays him negatively, but he’s saying that he’s not anything negative, it’s just him being real and calling out bullshit all the time. He spoke about his grandfather, actually, and him being in Chicago, and after that it was kind of cut off short, and he had us go into questions and answers.
Read the interview in its entirety, here.
[Watch] Wendy Williams Eats A Crow After Losing Bet About Kim & Kanye Actually Making It Down The Aisle
Last year, Wendy Williams made a bold declaration. The daytime TV host was under the impression that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s engagement was a sham and expressed extreme doubt about the high-profile pair actually making it down the aisle. However, her suspicions turned out to be incorrect. Kim and Kanye exchanged vows during an Italian wedding ceremony.
“I could be wrong, and if I am let it be known on today, Monday June 24th, if I am wrong and they actually get married, I will eat crow right here on this stage… with a lot of hot sauce.”
She later noted that she would chow down on the bird on the couple’s “73rd day” of marriage. Well, the time has come for Wendy to eat her words, literally. For the new season of her daytime TV show, Wendy tried crow gumbo prepared by a gourmet chef.
“So last season of the show I made a bet that Kim and Kanye’s marriage wouldn’t last longer than 72 days and I told you that if it did, I’d eat crow. That’s an expression we use; that’s not something we’re supposed to do! But I lost the bet,” she explained before introducing Chef Kevin Burrows.
Once the dish was prepared, Wendy dug in.
“It tastes kind of like chicken liver. You know, it’s not so bad,” she expressed.
“But there you go, I’m a woman of my word.”
Of course, Wendy couldn’t allow the segment end without resorting to her usual shenanigans.
“Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they’re happy! We’re watching you for the next 73 days Kardashian-West,” she concluded.