So just when I thought no one understood what it was to be a misunderstood Black Qreative in the digital age surrounded by a crowd screaming for change {but not brave enough to tear down that which they complain about} Kanye West appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show and and sings the song of every young black male Qreative whose voice is constantly snuffed out in a sea of Qultue Vulture megablogs and ClickBait psuedo-Black pride platforms. 

And it just gave me the jolt that I needed for my second wind. No matter what you’ve read or come to conclude about Kanye please CliQ the sideways triangle and give him your undivided attention till he’s done.

Kanye may have made some turns that have left me puzzled, but it’s not for me to understand him or analyze his perceived mental state from a medium where nothing is as it is perceived. I know I just really needed to see THIS Kanye TODAY more than I ever needed to hear anything from him in his decade plus career.

After answering some awkwardly personally questions from about his social media activity Kanye decided to do what more people should do….he spoke for himself.

His points was very valid and well articulated. And not the “articulated” in the “Oh he speaks so well’ manner. But articulated well because you can tell he’s a highly expressive man who really dig deep to make sure that THIS point on THIS day was expressed as close to his thoughts as possible.{People will never understand what it’s like to want to express yourself to people who are waiting for you to say the wrong thing. As an artist it’s close to death.}

Kanye touched on some amazing points. The first being his awareness of the way he’s portrayed in the media, and his acceptance of it. Which led into the fact that the very ones who pretend he’s so bat shyt crazy love having him and Kim around their dinner tables.

The media can spin his personality anyway they’d like, but at the end of the day he is an accomplished artist and he is friends with the very people that try to distance themselves from him publicly. So when he challenges these billionaires to make life better for the people on this planet and they counter with siccing their hired media on him and in turn the public…it displays a much bigger problem with oppressed people.

“Remember who the real enemy is Katniss”

He’s an accomplished Qreative and because he might have said “this” that time, or “that” this time we’re turning our back on him like we’ve do so many.  Like we did Michael and Whitney….and Bobbi Kristina. It’s time to start honoring our eccentrics while they are here. 

We clammer to these social media platforms writing millions of words in blogs proclaiming to be so “woke”, but as soon as one of us Qreates something outstanding all the media has to do is call him crazy and we accept that at face value. We pick up the pitchforks and crucify our own while they shove their eccentrics and weirdos down our throats {Looking at you Caitlyn}.

It’s disheartening to watch. It’s disheartening to experience. Especially knowing that the very ones screaming for unity will be the first to validate the misinformation just to gain better footing on the plantation.

I especially like that he called Chris Rock out for that Qoon dance he did at the Oscars. That was embarrassing and disappointing for so many of US who really thought it was going to be The Shift we had all been waiting for. Surely if anyone would be able to articulate out perspective it would be Chris. Surely if there were any platform to do it on it would be the Oscars. Sadly that’s not what happened. I know some didn’t find offense to how Chris sold us out, but he basically made a joke out of our struggle for his entire group of white Hollywood friends, and ridiculed and chastised Jada Pinkett-Smith for lighting the flame.

“I feel that I can make a difference while I’m here.”

Were Kanye’s sincere words when trying to explain his fashion endeavors.

“I see the importance and the value of everyone being able to experience a more beautiful life!”

His passion for wanting to break down doors is very similar to mine here in New Orleans where you don’t really have ANY safe platforms where black males can write freely without being shaped by respectability politics.

Yes, fashion may seem trite to some, but everyday everyone get’s up and get’s dressed. We judge our worth on these wardrobes and pick lovers and friends because of them. It seems a little hypocritical to pretend like we’re all so evolved that fashion doesn’t matter when it’s clear that nothing could be further from the truth.

“Isn’t it so funny that people point fingers at the people who have influenced us the most?!”

Was the quote  have to end with. When he said that those that care the most are also attacked the most it hit home.

To care about anyone or anything means to sometimes do or say things that they might not like for their own benefit. And no one wants to come off judgemental, but how can the sensitives see so much wrong and not speak up about it. And of course those who have no emotions vested or those benefitting the most from our current won’t find anything wrong. Does that mean there isn’t?

By far one of the most transparent and impactful interviews that I’ve seen in a very long time and I thank Kanye from the bottom of my heart for his “realness.”

A million think pieces will be launched from this but I really hope just one thing resonates to all the thousands of young black creatives across the country.

You aren’t alone.

You aren’t weird.

And although your path is filled with potholes and detours…..you can handle it!

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Vitamin Q (VQ) is a writer, blogger personality, and a social commentator. He irreverently analyzes how social issues affect individuals in modern society by using sarcasm, humor, and intellect, creating his own unique blend of Southern SHADE, purely for the purpose of helping like minds cope. “I say it so you don’t have to!”
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