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People have told Kanye what he CANT be his entire career. (Rapper, fashion mogul) Can you blame him for feeling free after ignoring negativity, following his own ideas, and succeeding over and over and over again?

Haters gonna hate when you do you. And Coates? What a crybaby at this point in his career. Dude is just beefing with people to try and stay relevant.

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Kanye lost me at “I am gay and impotent”.

Less him and more everyone else twerking to “I am gay and impotent”, but the damage was done.

I never saw him in the store either. Saw everyone from Yorke to 50’s entourage, but Kanye never stopped by to look at records.

3

I remember the tag line from a movie poster (for a movie i never saw, and the title of which i can't recall, and am being too lazy to look up):

"Freedom for who? To do what?".

I believe it was set in South Africa...

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@1
Lol

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The article that Charles linked to about skin whitening creams is in "Global Press Journal", which turns out to have local reporting from a number of countries. Good stuff!

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I look forward to Coates' and Mudede's writing on the regular. But, damn, Mudede, please please please proof read before submitting. The basic grammar mistakes are getting worse by the article. So...frigging...annoying. It's probably just the dumb day and age we live in to harp on little keyboarding mistakes, but still. Also, @1 you're thinking of Cornel West "beefing" w/Coates to stay relevant, no? Finally, any grammar goofs on my little comment contribution are obviously meant to be ironical:)

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I grew up in a very cosmopolitan city (London) at a very diverse school. Many of my friends were kids of color and I didn't see a lot of racism first-hand. Still, I remember having the startling (and extremely uncomfortable) realization at age six or seven that I was lucky to have been born white, that my black friends faced disadvantages that I would never have to contend with. Uggggghhhh.

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I grew up in a very cosmopolitan city (London) at a very diverse school. Many of my friends were kids of color and I didn't see a lot of racism first-hand. Still, I remember having the startling (and extremely uncomfortable) realization at age six or seven that I was extraordinarily lucky to have been born white, that my black friends faced disadvantages that I would never have to contend with. Uggggghhhh.

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I guess saying shockingly ignorant things for attention is a thing people do, like rapping or designing clothes. He may be a terrible designer and mediocre rapper, but anyone telling him he “CANT” do those things is just a critic so their opinions don’t matter. But the people telling him he “CANT” blame slavery on the slaves or embrace a historically unpopular and racist president are the ones who were buying his music and clothes, so it would be in his best interest to listen to them. The pool of humans willing to spend $300 on an oversized sweatshirt because his name is on the label just shrank pretty dramatically.

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You described the black experience--in two sentences--that made me finally get it. Thank you, Charles Mudede

12

The freedom of dependency? That sounds a lot like the freedom to be betrayed, the freedom to be let down, and, in the end, the freedom to die badly.

I'll stick with the freedom that I know, thanks.

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There is no difference any more between an 'ironic,' or 'sarcastic,' or 'parodic' publicity stunt and open, sincere bad behavior or willful ignorance. An idea doesn't always contain some hidden nugget of wisdom just because it is designed to shock, offend, or grab attention.

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You just wrote an entire essay just so that you could end it with a reference to Kurtis Blow on Soul Train. Nicely done, Charles!


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