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I had no legitimate reason to watch the MTV VMAs last night. In fact, not having cable, I went through a bit of trouble to actually do so. And honestly, it just wasn’t worth it…at all. There were some noteworthy moments like Justin Beiber crying. (I still root for him.) Fetty Wap not bothering to show up for the Artist to Watch award and of course Kanye West’s acceptance speech for the Vanguard Award.
In case you missed it, you can listen to the 12 minute speech in the video below. And while you will regret it later, you should do so just to get an understanding of what actually happened and how bizarre and disheartening it really was. (I’ll also include a transcript on the next page; but beware, it does it no justice.)
When it was all said and done, I laughed at the absurdity and then I shook my head in confusion, then later in sadness and disappointment.
In my mind, I thought Kanye would perform, acknowledge the Taylor Swift bull but spend more time and energy talking to us about the passion and purpose behind his artistry. Never did I imagine that there would be no performance but that Kanye West, a musical genius in our midst, would reduce his entire career to the Taylor Swift incident and not being liked.
I’m not going to pretend that we all don’t worry, ridiculously, about being liked. It’s just human nature. But throughout his entire speech, I just kept asking myself not liked by who though? If I remember correctly, it was mostly mainstream White folks who were upset the big Black man made the pretty little blonde hair, blue eyed White girl sad. Black people knew that Kanye was both right and wrong.
Right in the sense that Beyoncé did deserve that award and wrong because he shouldn’t have been the one to tell her that, in that manner. But there was validity in his statement. And, as he mentioned in his speech, it worked wonders for MTV and pop culture. And catapulted Taylor into a level of stardom she might not have enjoyed without him.
Black people knew and still know that Kanye is arrogant. No one believes in him or herself more than Kanye West. And while I’m sure that irks the hell out of some people, it’s one of the things I love most about Kanye. He is a genius. And in recognizing his own gifts, he should be able to say that. But a Black man proclaiming his own excellence is not only irritating, it’s threatening to White people. That, in combination with Taylor Swift, made him so deplorable. And if he were disliked because of that, it’s certainly something he should have to apologize for. Still, I don’t know that many people who don’t like him. Granted, I’m mostly around Black people…but most of them not only recognize Kanye’s talent, they root for him to win. We know he’s eccentric, like most creatives are, but we also know that Kanye is going to produce. I abhorred the “30 Showers” comment and swore the Kanye I knew and loved had left us for good. And then “All Day” came out. And I had to acknowledge his greatness once again.
My sister literally calls him Cousin Kanye because even when he does some off the wall things, we still regard him as family. We all have family members who act a fool but at the end of the day, it’s still love.
And just like I would be with any family member, I’m glad that Kanye recognized the error in his ways with the Taylor Swift situation. But he’s apologized on several different occasions, publicly and privately. It’s so over. Which is why it hurts me to know that when he had the opportunity to speak about his greatness, about his actual talent, a fact none of us can deny, he made it about Taylor again.
Anyone who’s been watching the award show since the Taylor Swift/Kanye incident, can tell you that it is always about her. Her awkward dance moves, her shady reactions to Justin Beiber, her performances, and her “you-really-like-me?” shocked face when she cleans up year after year with the most moon man trophies. I thought since Kanye had the chance to speak about himself and his art, he would take the opportunity to do so. If not that, perhaps, with it being the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, he would have taken the time to remind us of the days when he told us all, so prophetically, that George Bush didn’t care about Black people. That was true. And it needed to be said. But these days, living in the Kardashian cog, Kanye is not so concerned about race anymore. He believes classism is the new racism.
Classism is an issue. It certainly was in Katrina. But let’s not pretend that they don’t work hand in hand. Particularly when Black people are disproportionately jobless, underemployed and living in poverty.
Perhaps it’s unrealistic for me to expect so much. But the absolute last thing I thought I was going to watch was Kanye West pandering to White people who never really got it in the first place.
For those who can’t watch the video right now, check out Kanye’s full speech on the next page.
The 2015 MTV Video Music Awards is right around the corner, and if the promos are any indications, the show is probably going to one of the most talked about television events of the summer. The VMAs are where both big moments happen and stars are made. Let’s take a look at 15 of the most epic VMA moments, ever.
Some celebrities understand the power they wield, using their celebrity status as a platform to discuss social issues such as racism, police brutality and injustice. These famous people weren’t afraid to talk about political or social issues in public, and we salute them.
Janelle Monae’s appearance on “The Today Show” last week double as a public confessional as she expressed her views on the ongoing issue of police brutality in the country. Monae, who was joined by her artist Jidenna, performed “Hell You Talmbout,” a song that pays homage to several victims of police and racially motivated violence. She concluded the performance with a message about police brutality, but producers of the show weren’t having it and pulled the plug on her performance. Viewers at home watched as the camera panned to one of the show’s anchors in the middle of Monae’s message.
According to the gossip blog Hollywood Life, we might be seeing more of North West on the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Aren’t you excited? Me neither.
But as the gossip site reports, the entire family, including North West, are currently filming season 11 in St. Barts, which is set to air this fall. In a follow-up report, the site said that Kanye insisted that North be well-compensated for her guest appearance.
As told by the HollywoodLife.com:
“Kanye has no qualms about North being exploited on the family’s E! reality show. He just wants her to be more than compensated for her time. “He wants North to be famous,” a source close to the rapper explains to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. He absolutely wants her to have that life, and she will have it — if the price is right! He’s already informed Kim that if North’s going to be a regular on the show, then she needs to be paid more than all of Kim’s sisters and Kris [Jenner], 59! If not, it isn’t happening.”
If the reports are true, you have to give it to the West clan for orchestrating a great deal, which ensures that North doesn’t have to work a single day in her life (not that it was likely a concern beforehand). And while she is too young to understand, he is teaching her a valuable lesson about properly valuing oneself. Best believe the network will be making tons of money off of her exposure, so she might as well get paid too.
And of course, North is no stranger to the public gaze. Not only has she been pictured front row at various fashion shows, but once she even stopped to pose for the paparazzi. Either that or she was wondering why those strange people were flashing lights in her face. And she has been on KUWTK before. According to Us, the heir to the Kardashian throne made a rather brief cameo while filming Kanye’s “Only One” music video, which was featured on an episode back in May of this year.
Still, I do wonder if all that public attention is good for a child her age? I am not a parent (gotta put that disclaimer out there), but if I were, I probably would be scared to death of not only the scrutiny she might receive but of what others might say about my own parenting. It is bad enough celebrity kids already get picked apart for their hair and other choices they have no control over.
Heck, it takes adults a long time to get adjusted to the limelight. Just look at her dad. He spent the last two years experiencing some pretty hefty celebrity growing pains. He got through it (I think), but it probably helps that Kanye is an adult. That should mean that he can better process and reason with all that is happening to him, as opposed to 2-year-old North.
I am no psychologist (another disclaimer), but it can’t be good psychologically for a child to be exposed to that much…well, exposure while she is still in her developmental years. I mean, what if all this attention at a young age turns her into a raging attention-seeking narcissist as an adult? And what happens if, by some small miracle, the Kardashians are no longer socially relevant? What could the lack of exposure do to a young person who has grown accustomed to receiving it? And what if she doesn’t like the cameras at all? It wasn’t that long ago that she was front row at Fashion Week, screaming during her daddy’s fashion show as the cameras snapped. There is nothing more damaging to a child’s confidence than forcing them to endure something she or he doesn’t truly feel comfortable doing.
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.
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.