#PrayForYe: Celebrities Send Love And Light To Kanye In Midst Of Hospitalization

November 23, 2016  |  
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Yesterday, we reported that rapper Kanye West was hospitalized and undergoing psychiatric evaluation after a string of strange commentary and incidents during his Saint Pablo shows. While some took the news as an opportunity to further clown West for his erratic behavior or suggest the breakdown was staged so he wouldn’t have to pay for vendors for cancelling the rest of the tour, others, including a few celebrities, took the time out to offer words of encouragement and prayers during this time.
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Dave Chappelle

As far as I know, Dave Chappelle didn’t speak directly to Kanye’s situation in the public eye. But Chappelle knows a thing or two about having a “breakdown” and needing to step away from it all. And during his interview on “Inside The Actor’s Studio,” Chappelle suggested that strange and erratic behavior from stars like Martin Lawrence and Mariah Carey had more to do with the structure of Hollywood than it does the character and personality of the stars who find they can no longer take the pressure. The clip is being posted and re-posted on social media in response to the recent hospitalization of Kanye West.

Todd Tucker

Having recently experienced the pain of losing his own mother, Todd Tucker took some type out to offer words of encouragement to Kanye and tell his fans that he is praying for his recovery.

Lady Gaga

As a fellow artist, I’m sure Gaga knows the importance of self care.

Chance Tha Rapper

You already know that Chance Tha Rapper, Kanye’s mentee, friend and fellow Chicagoan would be sending well-wishes. During a live performance in the UK, Chance took some time to offer up a special prayer, which you can listen to in the clip above.

Twista

Another Chicago native who owes some of their mainstream exposure to Kanye’s genius wrote a letter about the treacherous nature of the music industry and his prayer that Kanye find what seems to be alluding him at this time, peace of mind.

Kid Cudi

Aside from a brief note thanking him for his support and encouragement during his own mental health struggles, Kid Cudi hasn’t issued a public statement speaking on Kanye’s cancellation of the tour and hospitalization. Still, the embrace these two shared on stage, where it seems that Kanye might be shedding tears, goes further than many words can.

Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae used Twitter to send some positive vibes.

Talib Kweli

While Kweli still held Kanye accountable for some of his recent actions, specifically his support of Donald Trump, he did acknowledge Kanye’s greatness, told him we love him and to come home. The notion of coming home, particularly in this context, is a loaded one.

Marlon Wayans

We know Marlon and his family members for their comedic talents. But he took this time to remind his followers that Kanye is more than an artist. He’s a human being with people depending on him. He also wished him well.

Kanye is not me. I am not him. He is my brother I am proud to do life with. No sprints, but Marathons; like most of us are on. Before one song was released, I was crucified because my brother asked me to take a picture. Again "no Kanye, you're not good enough"? No. That is a dangerous message I believe we send to the world when our posture is they have to meet certain requirements before they are worthy to kiss the ring. It says people are not redeemable, forgivable or candidates for grace. That my friend is religious. I will not turn my back on my brother. I will love him, prayerfully grow with him. However long he'll have me, and however long the race takes. To a lot of my Christian family, I'm sorry he's not good enough, Christian enough, or running at your pace…and as I read some of your comments, neither am I. That won't stop me from running. Pray we win.

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Kirk Franklin

If you notice the time stamp on this post, you’ll see that it is nearly a year old. It was written shortly after people, particularly the Christian/ gospel community, realized that Kirk Franklin was featured on Kanye’s album. There was judgement and outrage because Franklin could be heard saying a prayer on “Ultra Light Beam.” But today, knowing what we know now, that prayer seems extremely necessary and timely.

Father, this prayer is for everyone that feels they’re not good enough
This prayer’s for everybody that feels like they’re too messed up
For everyone that feels they’ve said “I’m sorry” too many times
You can never go too far when you can’t come back home again
That’s why I need…
Faith, more, safe, war

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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