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Last week, we asked you all what you thought about a collaboration with Kanye West and Kirk Franklin. Some of you said “Sure, why not?” While others said that you weren’t down for it, for one reason or another. Well, this past weekend, we got to see the two of them in action and as you know when you actually see the finished product, it’s often better (and sometimes worse) than you may have anticipated.
As for this performance with Kanye, Kelly Price, The Dream, Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin (and a special appearance from Fonzworth Bentley), it was the former. Kelly Price’s vocals are unmatched in the industry, Chance was spitting hot fire and Kirk Franklin came out and prayed over a prostrate Kanye West.
Now, that may sound like a bit much especially on prime time television. But the stage had been set for that moment and I was actually feeling it, Kirk’s prayer specifically actually.
A lot of folks in the Christian community felt like Kirk and Kanye’s worlds are so different, they shouldn’t intermix.
Franklin took to his Facebook page to address that school of thought.
I say the prayer was the most powerful part to me because Kanye seems to be such great need of it. Kanye has always been eccentric and different, like most geniuses. But there are times watching him where I feel like there’s something else going on, something deeper, something not readily visible to us, the public. I don’t know him and I have a bad habit of diagnosing people but he might be hurting, like so many other people are.
If you know anything about Kirk Franklin’s life, you know he’s been through his fair share of struggles as well. He might just be the very person Kanye needs in his life.
Seeing Kirk and Kanye together, reminded me just why Franklin named his album Losing My Religion. There are so many people focused more on doctrine instead of loving people, like Christ commanded, even those who may appear different from us.
Check out the performance with the two men below and share your thoughts below.
Honestly, there are very few things that Kanye West can do or say that will shock me.
Still, I was not expecting this.
According to Rolling Stone, West’s latest hip-hop album is actually a gospel album. Although it was initially titled So Help Me God, changed to Swish, and most recently was Waves, the album has been renamed The Life of Pablo and will “premiere” in New York City tonight.
It will also reportedly feature no other than Grammy-Award winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin.
In a recent interview with Big Boy in the Morning, West said this of the album:
I’m trying to open up hearts, minds. You know when I was sitting in the studio with Kirk [Franklin] and we were going through it, I said ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it.’ But it’s still a gospel album. It is the gospel according to ‘Ye. It is not exactly what happened, you know, in the Bible, but it’s a story, an idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary. I played some of it for somebody the other day and they said, “Good luck.” Man, I am offended by the word “luck” because of the amount of work I put in. And the fact that this is a God’s dream, my pastor um, pastor Rich explained what that means when you say “a God’s dream”: It’s a dream that can’t happen without God. That means whatever amount of energy I got, in the hour in the morning when I can play with my daughter or go back and see my wife or go work out, I spent every other waking moment working on this album. And I am still only doing one percent – two percent – of the work. And God is doing the rest of the work. And my mom had Teddy Riley change his flight and come back to the studio. Robert Kardashian is making sure that all of the deals is getting done. He is still doing deals for controversial Black people from up in heaven [laughs].
It’s like, West always starts out making a point and then decides to get weird…
Naturally, folks, particularly in the church, are upset. For instance, Craig Lewis, who is a writer for ExMinistries.com, called the duet “ blasphemy.”
More specifically he writes:
Jimmy Iovine of Interscope (pictured with Kirk Franklin) has worked hard on merging the sacred and the profane to create an apostate form of Gospel Music aimed at removing the true Good News message of Jesus! He has promoted the most vulgar, perverted music our world have ever seen. He has fused this with Gospel Music through Franklin to unleash a great deception and make the true Gospel Message non effective. Now Franklin is causing many to lose their religion and adopt a belief with no boundaries, no regulations, and no biblical precedent! This gives grounds for the acceptance of Kanye West’s project by the Christian community!
The bible speaks explicitly about people changing God’s truth into a lie in the end times. The word also tells us to not have fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. (scriptures below). This project is a work of darkness if I have ever seen one. And yet, Kirk is in fellowship with it and you will be too if you purchase it! Embracing artists like these in any way is against God’s word and for men to change His word to fit their agendas is blasphemy!
Of course, West’s recent spiritual enlightenment is nothing new. He has long claimed to be a god and has included a lot of religious imagery in his work. In fact, one of his biggest hits was a song about how Jesus walks with even the most disenfranchised and downtrodden among us.
Likewise, Franklin’s involvement with the project, while not exactly the duet most would expect to happen, is not all that surprising either. He has long been criticized for producing songs that incorporate much more secular rhythms and language than “traditional” gospel themes into his glorification of God. And just last year, the “Wanna Be Happy?” singer came under fire for naming his latest project, Losing My Religion.
But in a recent interview with MadameNoire, Franklin said the reason he chose that album’s particular title was because of the following:
So that we could see Jesus. So that they could be content and complete in Him and not try to live up to systems that all they do is create weights for people. It’s almost like the Pharisees that condemn Jesus for the healing on the Sabbath. They were more concerned about the law than they were about the love. And even in the 21st Century, we still see that happen where people may have tattoos and earrings and look a certain way or not the most consistent churchgoer – we condemn them.
Listen, I like Franklin. And I kind of get how a collaboration (at least on a song) with West can work beautifully. As an agnostic person who talks to God (or just myself – who really knows?), I always preferred the idea of a more accessible Christ than the fire and brimstone one, which gets the most play in religious circles.
However, I do see how some religious folks might be bothered by this. There are a lot of people out here using the Bible, Jesus and the spiritual belief systems of individuals for personal enrichment and flat-out debauchery. And I’m talking mostly about West here.
I get it. He’s an artist. And if West is really serious about this project, like he was in his College Dropout days, then I could see it working.
But let’s be also honest: This is Kanye West we’re talking about. And this entire whore into Madonna imagery, while titillating, suggests to me that this is going to be another dark and twisted ode to his lovely wife.
But I am curious to see what folks think. Leave your comments down below.
Listen, I’m not Team Kanye at all. I already told y’all that I think Amber Rose was well within her right to check him, considering the fact that he brought her son, Baby Bash, into the beef with him and her estranged husband Wiz Khalifa.
And considering Kanye was trying to throw around his machismo, calling that into question by exposing his sexual proclivities was fair game, even if it relied on homophobia.
In case you missed it, Kanye denied the claims earlier this morning.
Exes can be mad but just know I never let them play with my ass… I don’t do that… I stay away from that area all together
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 29, 2016
I’m not into that kind of shit… I like pictures and videos Me and my wife got the kind of love that can turn exes into best friends
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 29, 2016
You ain’t got to lie to kick it my n*gga. As a result #KanyeAnalPlaylist has been trending all day.
Like most people, I believe Amber. Kanye, more than likely, gets down like that. And as I alluded to in my other piece, if he indeed does like to have his booty tickled, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. And furthermore, the fact that a man might like having his booty stimulated does not make him gay. Repeat it with me. It does not make him gay.
I see some of you might need a little convincing so let me help you out.
1. A man’s “g spot” or “p spot” is in his prostate gland.
I mentioned this briefly yesterday, but it bears repeating. Just like there’s a bundle of nerves toward the front of our vagina called the G spot, men have one too. It just so happens that this bundle of nerves, for both men and women, when stimulated can cause an orgasm…a strong one. And a man’s are located in his prostate gland, which is in the back.
2. It matters who’s performing the sex act
If a man likes for a woman to stimulate his behind, the key is that it’s a man being stimulated by a woman. Meaning their sex is still heterosexual in nature. It’s very straight forward. Just like receiving oral sex from your boyfriend doesn’t mean you’re a lesbian.
3. Gay men aren’t the only ones who use the booty
Y’all gay men do not have a monopoly on anal sex. Most people have booty holes. Men have anal sex with women too, lest we forget. And women can reach an orgasm through anal stimulation. In fact, I’ve heard the anal orgasm is better and stronger than a vaginal one. But does that mean that a woman who enjoys anal sex is a gay man? No, that’s ridiculous.
4. The butt is a sexual organ
In light of this new discussion, someone said “People are trying to act like the butt is a sexual organ…and it’s not.” Incorrect. First off, your butt is not an organ. It’s a pathway to the organs in your digestive system. But then again, breasts aren’t an organ either. And they can certainly be used during the sex act. People tend to forget that your brain is a sexual organ, the strongest one actually. Your skin is a sexual organ, the largest one. For some people feet are sexual. Sexuality is different for each person. If it gets you off, then it becomes sexual. The possibilities are endless. Dudes aside, I’m sure there are some ladies in the place who can attest to the rush they feel when their behinds are grasped, caressed, or even smacked. Again, does that make you a gay man? Nope.
5. Unless you’re attracted to or having sex with someone of the same sex, you’re not gay.
That’s pretty much all that needs to be said there. The culture is so homophobic that everyone is looking for a way to out someone else, as a way to shame them. That’s not how it works. The only way to be gay is to be sexually attracted to someone of the same sex. No body posture, attire, or interest in specific sexual acts (performed by someone of the opposite sex) can make you gay.
For the longest time, I kept my daughter out of social media. It was at least 10 years. After seeing the exchange between Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and Amber Rose, I remember why. I would had to do something drastic over something like a tweet.
First of all, let’s run down what happened and why it was some of the most juvenile crap we’ve seen since the last juvenile crap we’ve seen from grown entertainment folk.
Wiz Khalifa, a 28-year old, world-renowned weed head, tweeted, “Hit this kk and become yourself.” Well, unbeknownst to Kanye…Wiz has his own brand of weed called “Khalifa Kush,” which he was promoting. Kanye clearly thought Wiz was saying “Lets all have sex with Kim Kardashian and become ourselves” or something. Regardless, the tweet lit a fire in Kanye.
Kanye West, 38, proceeds to go in on Wiz in ways that would illicit a violent response from a regular man when he ends his tirade mentioning Wiz’s ex and son. Remember, Kanye was in a long-term relationship with Amber Rose and, while they didn’t have a child, they seemed to be very much in love.
“You let a stripper trap you,” Kanye cruelly tweeted. “I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.” This is the man that not only married Kim Kardashian but also will soon have two children with her. He continued, “You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me…You own waves???? I own your child!!!!” The day before Wiz had lightly disparaged Kanye over the new title of his album Waves, because it seemed to infringe on the trademarked swag of the infinitely wavy one incarcerated rapper Max-B.
Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. This is Hip-Hop 2016.
Perhaps I am old-school. I don’t really play when it comes to kids, mine or others. For a man with a lovely daughter and a son on the way, Kanye was incredibly insensitive. I am sure little Sebastian will know nothing of this for years to come, but I just feel it was wrong. The rant was epic, but it was all based on a misunderstanding.
And then, Amber Rose came in and shut everything down by revealing a nugget about her sex life with ‘Ye. Drumroll please…well, you can see it here. And then she tweeted…
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) January 27, 2016
Kanye asked for that one. Yeah, he did. Some have chided Amber Rose for this uppercut below the belt, as she has been a proponent of “slut-shaming.” How is she now going to shame Yeezy, because he may enjoy a finger in this nether-regions? Yes. I know this a lot for some of you. For most of us…this is fun.
I am all for some good ol’ fashioned entertainment with a splash of foolishness. But, then Kanye went after Wiz’s kid, and his own ex-girlfriend. I guess all is fair in love, war and Twitter.
Surely by now, you’ve seen the very nasty Twitter war going on between the love quadrilateral: Kanye, Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa and Kim Kardashian.
In case you missed it, this all started when Kanye announced that he was changing the title of his forthcoming album…again. What once was Swish is now Waves. Wiz Khalifa thought Kanye was too out of touch with the culture to use that name. He said something about smoking on KK, Kanye took it to mean Kim Kardashian and all hell broke loose. Kanye was snapping.
In a very quick summation, Kanye said that Wiz stole his style from Kid Cudi, his music was wack and no one he knew ever listened to one of his albums in its entirety. Then things went from professional to personal.
“4th you let a stripper trap you”
“5th I know you mad every time you look at your child that this girl got you for 18 years.”
“12th You wouldn’t have a child if it wasn’t for me.”
“13th You own waves???? I own your child!!!!”
It got unnecessarily ugly for absolutely no reason.
And while Wiz has since been silent, it was Amber Rose who swooped in to save the day with a tweet that ended all discussion.
— Amber Rose (@DaRealAmberRose) January 27, 2016
Done. Finished. Fin. Finito. Curtains.
Now, don’t get it twisted. I don’t believe a man who likes and enjoys anal play needs to be shamed for his preferences. I don’t believe it makes him gay. A man’s G spot is his prostrate gland. And even if it did make him gay, I would generally argue that an ex shouldn’t be the one to expose that.
But this situation right here, is a little different. In the case of Amber Rose and Kanye West, I’m literally and figuratively applauding her overshare.
Amber provided everything I could have hoped for in this situation because I love vengeance. And while it’s supposed to be the Lord’s, perhaps Amber got tired of waiting.
We all remember Kanye’s “30 showers” comment. Not only was it ironic considering his own wife’s sexual history but it was just completely foul and out of bounds considering Amber was once someone he loved. The man cried about this woman on an entire album only to turn around and act like her past as a stripper made her unworthy of compassion and human decency.
Amber could have ignored the little tiff between her estranged husband and her ex boyfriend. But the comments he made about owning her son, Sebastian were just despicable. They deserved a response and a strong one at that. And while it is a bit sad it took the homophobic culture of Hip Hop to make this diss come across so cleanly, I’m willing to make an exception in this case.
You can not speak ill of people’s children or pretend you have some type of claim over their lives. Because by that logic Ray J or Nick Cannon or Nick Lachey or Damon Thomas or Kris Humphries or Reggie Bush and a slew of other folks own North and Saint West.
They don’t. No one owns anyone.
I’m most proud and excited for Amber because Kanye seems to be under the impression that because he once dated and loved Amber that he can claim ownership over her, a fully grown woman, as if she were an object. I’m glad she let him know that she’s no longer going to remain silent and play victim to his shenanigans. The next time Kanye thinks about telling someone he owns them or their child, he should remember how Amber came for that a** with a cold, hard finger.
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In case you’ve thought about it, these celebrity men finally gave us the details, straight from their own mouths, of what they’re packin’.
This past weekend, the Kardashian-West family welcomed a baby boy, causing the internet to enter into a heavy debate on whether or not Kim and Kanye named their little one Easton to match his big sister North’s direction-based name. However two days after his birth, the social-media-loving family has remained mum, until now.
This afternoon, the family announced their plus-one’s name along with his birth date and how many pounds he weighed at birth:
As we reported before, both mother and son are doing well after Kim’s pregnancy, which was noted to be high-risk.
Congratulations to their beautiful family!
Kim Kardashian West announced on her website on Dec. 5, 2015 that she and husband Kanye West have welcomed a baby boy in Los Angeles.
“Kim Kardashian West and her husband, Kanye West, welcomed the arrival of their son this morning. Mother and son are doing well,” the announcement reads, accompanied by a photo of Kim and Kanye holding hands.
Kim was originally due around Christmas, but it was reported recently that she would likely be induced a month early, around Thanksgiving, because of her medical history. In November, Kim said this was a high-risk pregnancy after an ultrasound showed excess fluid in her placenta, generally a sign of gestational diabetes.
Prior to the birth, she said she was nervous, stating on her website: “This pregnancy, I’m definitely scared for my delivery, but trying my best to be hopeful and not stress out too much!”
She also mentioned that her risk of preclampsia and placenta acreeta were increased. “There’s not a whole lot I can do to prevent it, so my anxiety is a little high leading up to my delivery. In a very rare case, I might need a hysterectomy after delivery if my condition is severe enough, but luckily my doctor doesn’t think this will happen,” she adds. “So as time goes on, I am stressing out less and trying to go with the flow.”
In 2013, Kim delivered daughter North early as well, also due to health concerns.
No word yet on the official name for Baby Boy West, but Twitter has already deemed him Easton, a name Kim told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that Kanye wasn’t feeling. We’re sure we’ll find out his name soon enough.
On Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live, Amber Rose was a guest on the show, there to promote her new book How To Be A Bad B—h. And while Rose was hoping to promote her literary efforts, we all know that Andy Cohen was about getting the tea. While chatting with Rose, he spent a majority of the time asking her about people in her past–specifically the Kardashians, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa and Tyga, who is bestie Blac Chyna’s ex (whom she rightfully put on blast earlier this year). But Rose wasn’t here for it. When asked about the Kardashians and Jenners during Cohen’s popular game of Plead the Fifth, Rose declined to speak about them. In fact, she refused all questions. And when specifically asked about West, Rose said, “I’m NOT talking about Kanye or the Kardashians at all.”
And while Cohen was clearly rattled by her decision not to play along, no one was more perturbed by the evening’s escapades than Rose. She would later state on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM radio program Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, that the constant questions about the people in her past are beyond frustrating at this point in her life and her career. Check it:
“I was upset about the interview. It’s just like, literally from the second I walked in, it was Kardashian, Kanye, Kardashian. I’m just like, I wrote a book. I really wrote a f–king book. It took me a year for me to write this book! But like, Jesus f–king Christ! How’s my son doing? He’s well, thank you for asking! I love Andy, and I understand that he has a show. I get it. I’m not mad at him. But I would like people to understand my frustration.
I’m very frustrated with that. There are so many more things. I’m very bubbly; I’m a really cool girl, and I’m an open book. So if you ask me about things that are actually relevant in my life, I will definitely answer those questions. Don’t ask me about sh-t from six years ago.”
You know, I like Amber Rose. Because a majority of the time, she owns up to her sh-t, including her past, and she has no regrets. And while I can understand getting irritated by a constant barrage of questions about my ex and his new boo, Rose’s irritation is a little confusing.
And I say this because, for a certain someone promoting a book that, according to the synopsis, speaks of her past and her journey to being “a bad b—h,” it’s interesting that she’s over talking about it all now:
Amber Rose didn’t let her early years in the tough neighborhood of South Philly keep her from achieving her star-studded goals. From the sets of music videos, to high fashion runways and magazines, to life at home with her beautiful son, Amber doesn’t hesitate to command her personal stage with confidence, edge, attitude, and her own form of grace. For the first time, this renowned model, actress, socialite, pop culture maven, and self-proclaimed “bad bitch” is sharing her secrets on how to lead a powerful life in this edgy yet accessible guide to life, love, and success. With unparalleled candor, “Muva” pulls back the curtain on her rollercoaster of a journey from a young trailblazer to a worldwide phenomenon—and it’s this evolution that has influenced her intoxicating, authoritative outlook on life and love. Filled with expert advice and personal anecdotes, How to Be a Bad Bitch covers finances, career, love, beauty, and fashion while emphasizing confidence, positive self-acceptance, and authenticity.
She talks about certain aspects of her life, including the men in it, when it works for her. But when she’s asked about it by others, all of a sudden she’s frustrated. And yet, if she’s honest, we know that Rose would admit that she is where she is now because of that past. Because of those broken relationships. Because of those public squabbles.
She became the fashionista with the bold buzz cut that everyone had their eyes on after dating a fashion-obsessed Kanye West for two years.
She catapulted from being West’s ex (the one My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was about) to being Wiz Khalifa’s love. And around that time, most interviews she did were about how he was a better match for her than West, how Kim Kardashian was West’s mistress and hooking up with Reggie Bush to get back at Kimye. Not about what she had going on business wise.
And she decided to do her SlutWalk in LA after Khloe Kardashian (and friends) tried to put her years as a stripper on blast. And, of course, after West and her ex, Wiz Khalifa, attempted to slut shame her on the radio and social media on different occasions.
Honestly, she has many of her opportunities because of who she’s dated and loved, and the time she’s spent talking about those people and who they’re associated with. And many people in the mainstream started to pay serious attention to her after she singlehandedly treated the lives of the Kardashian and Jenner clan. So considering that she was just talking about all of these people in interviews earlier this year alone (and trashing West while drunk), it’s interesting that months later, Rose doesn’t want to answer any more questions about them and the feelings she publicly shared about each and every one of them.
What Rose may not get is that people only want to know about what you present to them. If you bicker with the Kardashians, messy folks like Andy Cohen are going to want you to get on camera and throw jabs at them again. If you talk about Kanye slut-shaming you and memories from your time together one minute, people are going to want to know your thoughts on him and his family the next minute. If you go back and forth, publicly, playing nice and then falling out with your estranged husband, people are going to want to talk about that too. And if you want people to take you seriously as an author, actress, and businesswoman, but you spend more time showing your twerking skills and talking about your relationships, you can’t get too upset when people don’t have a clear answer to “Who is Amber Rose?” and really don’t seem to care all that much.
Again, I like Amber Rose. I want her to win because beneath all the tiny bikinis, and occasional shenanigans is someone who seems to have a good heart and a bright spirit. But this, as in the line of questioning and the uncomfortable talk show appearances, is what comes with being famous for something that isn’t about talent. It’s just hard to get people to take you seriously. To change the script when it comes to what people ask her about, she has to be serious and show us more of her hustle and less of her relationship issues, her drama with other people, and her booty. Until then, it’s going to be more of the same.