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Kanye West is back at in the media again, this time retracting the statements he made about slavery a couple of months ago when he said it was a “choice.” West again tried to explain what he meant by his “non-historical opinion” in an interview on Chicago’s 107.5 WCGI radio station. He also apologized for the hurt and anger his comments may have caused the public.

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“It wasn’t the actual comment. I said “400 years, it sounds like a choice — to me. To Kanye West. Not being a historian … to me, when I hear about an entire group of powerful people being held captive for 400 years it

The thing about being called crazy, the biggest stigma that has to be broken is that you instantly get written off. But you might be the only one who knows what they’re talking about. Also what I wanna say to everyone listening right now—I have never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully. And it’s not something for me to overly intellectualize. This is something about the fact that it hurt people’s feelings and the way that I presented that piece of information. I could present in a way more calm way, but I was ramped up. And I apologize. That happens sometimes when people are—I’m not blaming mental health, but I’m explaining mental health.

 

Kanye continued on.

I don’t know if I properly apologized for how the slavery comment made people feel. I’m sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment, and I’m sorry for people that felt let down by that moment. And I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through.

sounds like a choice to the spirit of Kanye West. Which, I think is aligned with the spirit of Harriet Tubman. Which I think is aligned with the spirit of Nat Turner. In my non-historical opinion, I feel that these are examples of people from the past who felt similar to that. Even if it was worded incorrectly in the white man’s tongue. Maybe I could have danced or I could have spoken Swahili — because even the fact that we’re having to have this conversation in English is a form of slavery. It’s not even our language, bro.”

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Singer Kanye West and President-elect Donald Trump speak with the press after their meetings at Trump Tower December 13, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

He also addressed not answering Jimmy Kimmel’s question about whether Donald Trump cares about Black people; and then explained what he means to America.

“I feel that he cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. And he will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community. So it’s something he’s gonna work towards, but we’re gonna have to speak to him.”

“In my opinion, politicians are politicians. It’s not one that’s particularly better than the other. I understand on Black people — since we wanna speak as separation because we’re actually one race. The human race. Race was a man-made construct that was invented…understand that we had eight years where we loved the idea of a Black president. Now it seems like we took a step backwards to where we only saw white presidents our entire life. It’s to where we’d rather have a female president than to see another white man become president again — I understand and I feel that — I just don’t agree with it. 

Let’s act like America is our girlfriend for a second. Trump being in office is like…if you broke up with your girlfriend and she fell out with her girlfriend, and you get on the phone with her and she lets you know everything your girlfriend has been doing the whole time.

Like the detention centers, that’s been happening through a lot of different presidential eras. Now we’re seeing it. I’m a very transparent person. I like transparency. I like exposure. I wanna be exposed to the information so I can make my decisions. And I knew that this rogue personality was gonna allow me to see and understand — and allow my brothers to understand — what we were dealing with. All the marches, people fighting, people standing up, people having conversations about politics our well being — i knew this was gonna happen if he got into office….

That’s the whole funny thing, you talk about “Get Out,” ‘woke,’ and the flash of light or something. [Trump’s] a flash of light to us an entire community to see things we weren’t seeing when Obama was in office — that were still happening. It’s like we as a collective wasn’t woke. Now everybody’s woke.”

“The thing is, I support everyone. I am in support. I support Bernie Sanders. I love Bernie Sanders. I support Hillary. I love Hillary. I support Obama. I cried when he one. My mom was passed, I said ‘Mama, we did it.’”

Kanye may have retracted–in his own way–his comments on slavery, but the damage has been done. His unrepentant alliance and stance with Trump still have him canceled in our eyes. Sorry Mr. West there is still no place for you at anyone’s cookout.

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ICYMI! Yara Shahidi & Jude Law Cast as “Tinkerbell” & “Captain Hook” In Disney’s Live Action “Peter Pan” Movie!

Disney has another live action remake in the works! This time we are headed to Neverland, as it is being announced that Yara Shahidi and Jude Law have been cast as “Tinkerbell” and “Captain Hook!”

As you may already know, Tinkerbell is not only Peter Pan’s friend, but she also loves him very much and becomes jealous whenever any girl–namely Wendy Darling–shows him any attention. She is also integral to the children’s ability to fly while in Neverland has her magical fairy dust –and a few happy thoughts–allows them to become airborne!

Captain Hook, however, is Peter’s archenemy; terrorizing him and The Lost Boys (Peter’s band of misfit orphans he forms a fraternal bond with) alongside his pirates.

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Disney has another live action remake in the works! This time we are headed to Neverland, as it is being announced that Yara Shahidi and Jude Law have been cast as “Tinkerbell” and “Captain Hook!”

As you may already know, Tinkerbell is not only Peter Pan’s friend, but she also loves him very much and becomes jealous whenever any girl–namely Wendy Darling–shows him any attention. She is also integral to the children’s ability to fly while in Neverland has her magical fairy dust –and a few happy thoughts–allows them to become airborne!

Captain Hook, however, is Peter’s archenemy; terrorizing him and The Lost Boys (Peter’s band of misfit orphans he forms a fraternal bond with) alongside his pirates.

via Deadline

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Disney continues to make strides in diversifying its classic characters and is doing it again as sources tell Deadline that Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is set to play Tinker Bell in David Lowery’s Peter Pan and Wendy. This would mark the first time a person of color has filled the role that traditionally has featured a white actress and follows in the footsteps after Disney set Halle Bailey to play Ariel in The Little Mermaid.

Shahidi joins Jude Law, who will play Captain Hook, as well as Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson, who will play the title characters. Lowery is on board to direct the project and also co-wrote the script with Toby Halbrooks. Jim Whitaker is producing.

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We are very happy for Yara, she will make an excellent Tinkerbell! Jude as Captain Hook, is a pretty ingenious move on Disney’s behalf. He is one helluva actor with an impeccable resume. We are sure he will bring the ruthlessness needed for this iconic villain. We can really tell the company is making moves with diversity.

“Peter Pan” is definitely overdue for a live action remake by Disney. As you may recall, it originally premiered back in 1953!

What do you all think of Disney’s casting for “Peter Pan?” Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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She’s DONE! Nene Leakes Leaves “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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The reality star, 52, will not be returning to the hit Bravo series for its upcoming 13th season, she announced Thursday on her YouTube channel.

“Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late. I feel you, I hear you. I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides,” she said in the video. “It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” she continued. “It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”

Leakes thanked fans, Bravo, the cast and her team for supporting her over the years. She also addressed a false report of someone on her team releasing a statement on her behalf last week. “I had no knowledge of it and I did not approve it,” she said.

She ended her message by promising, “I will see you again. Real soon.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, a Bravo rep said, “We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.”

As aforementinoned, rumors of her departure had been flying all summer. However, her manager, Steven Grossman, insisted in a statement to PEOPLE on June 18 that she was still in talks to return for season 13.

It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA,” Grossman said then. “Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be.”

Gossman said at the time that they were “having on-going bigger picture conversations with NBC Universal and have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically. Any speculation or sources trying to create controversy by stating otherwise are incredibly inaccurate. Bloop.”

We are not sure what RHOA will be like without Nene, but her now former cast mate, Kenya Moore, has definitely filled her shoes as the show’s villain. Nene will always be the Queen of RHOA, and we are sure after so much earned and needed time off, she may as aforementioned, once again hold a peach. Good luck with everything Nene.

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[PHOTOS] Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, & More Gather for Chadwick Boseman’s Oceanside Memorial Service

Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Private photographs from the service, obtained by The Sun, show the service took place in Malibu, CA.

You can see a few of the photos below:

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A Memorial held for the #king Chadwick Boseman in Malibu. CHADWICK Boseman’s friends, family and co-stars gathered in Malibu to remember the brave actor’s life and say their final goodbyes. Mourners including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and other Black Panther stars took a moment to console each other and the star’s grieving wife, Taylor Simone Ledward. The memorial was overlooking the ocean and included music from a hang drum.  There was a beautiful table display with Boseman’s photo and flowers.  The actor passed away aged just 43 at home in Los Angeles on August 28 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. His beloved wife Taylor, whom he secretly married shortly before his death, was at his bedside alongside close family. Since the actor’s death was announced tributes have since flooded in, with praise for Boseman's legacy and significance to millions of fans around the world following his starring role in the groundbreaking Black Panther. The film was a landmark moment for representation in Hollywood. 📸:@thesun

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We are going to miss Chadwick Boseman so much. He did not only bring Black Panther to life, he embodied so much dignity and honor, and moved with respect. He is one of the ancestors now, and we just know Heaven welcomed him with open arms. Rest well King, you have earned it.

 

 

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