Mr. West has officially left the building and gone out to lunch.
In a podcast with Bret Easton Ellis, the ‘Black Skinhead’ rapper compared his forays into the world of fashion to the traumatic, life-altering experiences of Solomon Northup, the protagonist in the film Twelve Years a Slave.
Read what Mr. West had to say below via Complex Magazine:
“I felt like the main character [in Twelve Years a Slave]. And what I’m dealing with even as a mega-popular rich celebrity, you know, ‘Fuck you, who do you think you are to complain about anything?’ situation that I’m in. In the past when I’ve dealt with attempting to create in other fields, or attempting to create in clothing. I’ve kind of been on this campaign that started with, ironically, my song, ‘New Slaves.’ Where I was sitting in Paris and dealing with all of these companies that I had promoted, and I saw my friends promote it. And the reason, literally, why they would sell on Barneys’ floors is because me and Jay Z and everyone wore it. It’d be something that maybe I kind of discovered four years before then me and Don C started putting it on-trend.
Then you start doing more research and say, ‘Hey, I want to be a part of the creative conversation and be able to make money off of that also.’ They stop you right there and say, ‘You can’t be a part of that conversation,’ or they’ll give you a one-off. At Louis Vuitton I did one shoe. At Nike I did two shoes but they spread them apart over four years and they had the most impact possible. I kind of saw that side of what it was, as a creative, to be free, the parallel to the main character in Twelve Years a Slave. When it was taken away from me, it felt like what it felt like as a creative to be enslaved.”
Listen, in light of West rocking the Confederate flag to Barneys, in addition to the whole ‘New Slaves’ thing he has poppin’ off, I’m beginning to wonder what baggage he’s trying to unpack.
Comparing every form of oppression, every ism, to slavery has become common and the false equivalency is dangerous.
Nothing, I repeat nothing is like slavery but slavery. And to suggest otherwise is intellectually lazy, narcissistic and condescending. Like we just won’t get it –whatever it may be — unless you compare it to state sanctioned murder and forced servitude.
Bottom line: Solomon Northup had twelve years of his life stolen from him. He was drugged, kidnapped, ripped from his family, tortured and brutalized. He did not have his creative freedom stifled and there is not one comparison that could respectfully be made between the two.
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1. Beyonce's Hair Has A Mind All Its Own
There's so much to love about Beyonce, so in the midst of counting all the ways, I decided to give her highly coveted hair the spotlight. From her signature hair flip on stage to her simply moving her golden tresses from her shoulder, I am obsessed with King Bey's mane. And after checking out her best hair moves, you will be too!
2. You'll Never Be Able To Recreate This Move
Go on...try it. And report back after you leave the hospital.
3. The Snap Back
Bey's coif is the thing dreams are made of.
4. The Ultimate Accessory
Hair is the ultimate accessory but when Bey accessorizes the ultimate accessory, I'm like, "OMG!"
5. The Infamous Diva Fan
She doesn't even have to really try. Bey's fan is always ready to blow her beautiful tresses in such a heavenly way.
6. Pump Up The Pompadour
All the single ladies are always trying to recreate this signature move.
7. Caress Your Tresses
No one can stroke their hair in such a well-choreographed way.
8. I'll Teach You
Beyonce barely moves as her hair upstages Lady Gaga's imitation of one of her signature moves.
9. The Signature Move
Watch & learn.
10. My Ponytail Is LAID
Ponytail on shoulder? CHECK. That's all the choreography Bey needed for this shot. Yas pony, WORK!
11. Do Not Try This At Home
You'll more than likely end up in a neck brace and trying to reattach your tracks.
12. The Hair Fluff
Beyonce's luxurious locks will put yours to shame and all she's doing is fluffing them!
13. Does Your Hair Laugh At Jokes?
Beyonce's does and it's glorious.
14. Beyonce's Hair Breathes
Don't believe me? Just watch.
15. Shake Them Curls!
Does it look this fab when you're straightening your collar? Didn't think so.
16. Beyonce's Hair Works It, Even When She Hulahoops
I know you're probably not looking at her hair right now, but challenge yourself. I know you can do it!
17. Short Hair Don't Care
Bey's cut never stopped her hair from providing you with LIFE!
Have you ever...in all your life...witnessed a headbang so epic?
19. Oh...A Duet?
Beyonce's hair doesn't always steal the show. It likes working with others too. And by others, I mean her bootay.
20. Super Bey
Even at her most powerful, Beyonce's hair still shines.
21. Just Look At Those Coils
Bey's hair might give you life, but it feels like her hair actually has life!
22. Watch It Bounce
Mesmerizing, isn't it?
23. It's Contagious
Check out the background dancers showing off what they learned from Bey.
24. Even With Short Hair
Beyonce will serve you and you will deal.
25. How Could One Simple Touch...
be so beautiful?!
26. Beyonce's Curls
are utterly magical.
27. Even When Beyonce Goes Ratchet
Her hair stays classy.
28. YESSS BEYONCE, GIVE ME LIFE!
29. All She's Doing Is Fixing Her Hair
And she makes that look choreographed.
30. Bey's Signature Fan Blows Back Her Tresses
And amazes all those who can look directly at her.
31. The Patented Look Back
Just watch the span of Bey's tresses as she turns.
32. Uh Oh Uh Oh Uh Oh
How many times did you try to recreate this walk & hair flip?! I'm doing it right now.
33. And You Get Some Hair, And You Get Some Hair
Beyonce gives a whole new meaning to "Reach out and touch."
34. Bouncin' & Behavin'
This girl. Those curls.
35. No One Tosses A Pony Tail Like Bey
36. Head Of Fire
Beyonce's hair has it's own soul. No really.
37. Your Hair Flip<Beyonce's Hair Flip
How does her hair always know where to perfectly fall into place?!
38. Don't You Dare Touch The King's Tresses
Peep the look Bey shoots to her right.
39. Golden Girl
I'm sure Beyonce's hair is where all her secret powers live. Look at these golden tresses!
40. The Swing To End All Swings
She's putting you under her spell. Watch the hair, then the hands.
41. Ever Got Your Hair Stuck In Your Coat?
Bet you didn't look like this when you got it out!
42. Itchy Scalp?
Next time you go to"pat your weave, ladies," channel your inner Bey.
43. Bey's Braids
Were short-lived, but inspired women everywhere to give box braids another moment.
44. In Order To Effectively Hair Flip...
one must make sure they thrust forward and pull back swiftly. Let's try. 5-6-7-8...
45. When I Need To Get The Curls Out Of My Face...
I look like this too. No, really.
46. When Your Hair Is In The Way
Just give it a flick, like so.
47. About That One Pesky Curl...
Nevermind. It's perfect.
48. Double Bounce
Bey's booty shaking creates a beautiful bouncing effect for her waves.
49. Even Beyonce's Hair Gets Excited
Wouldn't you too if you were this close to her?!
50. I Can't Stop Watching Bey Stroke Her Hair
How many times did you watch this one?
51. Beyonce Loves A Good Curly Moment
I bet the texture is like cashmere, which is why she can't keep her hands out of it.
52. The Ponytail Toss
It wouldn't be an Ode to Bey's hair without a good old fashioned ponytail toss!
53. Her Curls Breathe
Look closely. You know you see it.