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Wow: Barack Obama Calls Kanye West a Jackass

September 15, 2009 18 comments

Are you serious?  Newsweek and other media outlets are reporting that during an off the record remark to an ABC reporter, Obama called Kanye West a Jackass for his attacks on Taylor Swift.

Well, was he lying?  Perhaps the world is getting tired of Kanye West.

“Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential,” “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran leaked Monday evening to his more than 1 million followers.

ABC News issued this apology for the remarks:

“In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview,” Politico reported. “This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”


Dr Boyce: Kanye West, Serena Williams and Angry Tirades

September 14, 2009 4 comments

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University 

When Kanye West stood on NBC four years ago and said "George Bush doesn’t care about black people," I applauded. When he acted a fool on stage after not receiving some award he deserved, I laughed. When he came out with that really weird CD after dealing with personal crises involving the loss of his mother and break up with his fiance, I sincerely felt for him (but never bought the album).
But after Kanye’s stunt last night on the MTV Video Music Awards, I wanted to slap him. Damn brother, that was just pathetic. When Beyonce told you she liked men with big egos, you surely put that theory to the test.

Kanye West’s decision to bum rush the stage and yank the mike out of the hand of Taylor Swift, a 19-year old woman winning her first award has finally certified him as the jackass that everyone thought he might be. I have been a big supporter of West, and I still support him to a point. He brings some degree of intelligence to hip hopthat the industry has needed for a long time. But the truth is that his actions last night were rooted in extreme selfishness and horribly arrogant behavior. Not good for Kanye, nor anyone else.
This must have been "The weekend the black folks went wild," because Serena Williams had an equally problematic outburst at the US Open. After a very bad call by one of the judges, Serena felt the need to offer to shove the ball down the "f*cking throat" of the woman for making her mistake. OK sistuh-girl, does the judge really need to have the ball shoved down her throat?


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Your Black Hip-Hop: Kanye West & Ludacris Receive Harsh Reviews

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Music Review LudacrisLudacris “Theater of the Mind” (Island Def Jam)

For some odd reason, Ludacris feels the need to prove himself on his latest studio CD.

“Theater of the Mind,” the rapper’s sixth album, is full of trash talk as to why he is rap’s “MVP.” But talk is cheap.

Ludacris is not only a platinum rapper, he’s also a major success in film, TV, on the Web and even in the food industry (the rapper opened a Thai restaurant in Atlanta). He’s also known as one of the game’s best lyricists.

But he disappoints on “Theater of the Mind” by trying constantly to prove it with boasts that are boring and empty, devoid of the cleverness we’ve come to expect from Luda […]

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31bz60e89yl_sl500_aa240_The concept isn’t difficult to grasp. Kanye West’s mother died suddenly one year ago, and a few months later, the superstar rapper and producer broke things off with his fiancé. West spent two weeks in Hawaii recording what he calls a “pop” album.

The production is minimal and chilly in a way that recalls Junior Boys or early Depeche Mode. The basic beats were created using the old school Roland TR-808 drum machine.

The vocals — overwhelmingly sung, not rapped — have almost uniformly been processed by the pitch-correction software AutoTune. All this is intended to create a sombre soundscape that reflects West’s emotional state, and on paper, the math is simple and appealing. In actual practice, however, things go horribly wrong […]

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Your Black Hip-Hop: Kanye West Arrested At Airport On Felony Charges

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Kanye West was arrested Thursday morning at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of vandalism.

Apparently the Chicago-based hip-hop superstar mixed it up with a still photographer, and a $10,000-plus camera wound up in pieces.

For Kanye, the news gets worse because a cameraman named Erik says he videotaped this whole exchange, prompting the rapper’s bodyguard to grab his camera, tear off its microphone and viewfinder and smash them on the ground.



Kanye West and his road manager Don C. were arrested Thursday morning at L.A.X airport. Both men were charged with felony vandalism in an incident involving paparazzi.

The rapper and his friend were waiting at security for a flight to Hawaii when an altercation with a photographer and videographer ensued. West and Don C. have since been released from police custody on $20,000 bail.

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