Killer Mike talks to The Grio on an array of topics like President Obama, the state of hip-hop and his overall music career. Mike speaks some real truth, and s quite candid in this interview. But his quote on Frank Ocean’s recent coming out and how black women caught my attention:
According to a tweet I saw from your twitter, it doesn’t seem that Frank Ocean coming out didn’t make an impact to you one way or another.
“It wasn’t in reference to Frank Ocean. It was in reference to black women. Black women tend to be overly celebratory about things that directly or could directly affect them in a harmful way. I watch black women on twitter malign heterosexual black men who they view as promiscuous. I watch them malign them every day, yet it’s harder for a woman to give HIV to a man than it is for a man to give it to a woman. I watch the same women celebrate bisexuality in a black man. I don’t judge bisexuality or homosexuality; to each his own. I grew up under wonderful gay uncles who are the reason why I went to Morehouse, the reason why I have certain fashion sensibilities. They are the ones that gave me culture because my dad and stepdad were just manly kind of men. Artistically and culturally I am who I am because of my gay uncles.
carries higher risk for something. (<there’s clearly something missing here because it doesn’t make sense but whatever) So I am just amazed when I see black women who just castigate their heterosexual partners to dirt level, celebrate gay and bisexual in a way that is almost exclusive of how their distrustful they are of black women. They look down on black women and say that ‘I’m not a whore,’ but all these other whores are. In how they look down on heterosexual men who are traditionally their partners, but they celebrate somehow another group of man that supposedly will never betray them and seek their heterosexual partner.
I support Frank Ocean’s freedom to be who he is. I congratulate Frank Ocean. I feel that my gay uncles would be ashamed of me to be anything else. With that said, I’m not ever going to let black women who don’t let us off the hook, off the hook. I’m not going to let sisters who are the highest growing population of HIV cases off the hook either. There is some sick s*it in our community we got to get our head around. That’s a problem.”
I was referring to a tweet I was referring to the day Frank Ocean came out and you tweeted was something like Luther Vandross was one of my favorite R&B artists … I don’t care. Are you saying that there is a certain type of black woman that likes to put bisexuality or homosexuality on a pedestal?
“No that’s not what I’m saying. What I’m saying is on Twitter, bisexuality and homosexuality being celebrated by the same women who were disparaging their heterosexual counterparts and their mates. In terms of like he’s gay and singing, if you look at high school, all the kids that were in AV were techs and they were music nerds. So when I get in the music business those guys are that run the boards. Most of the kids that were in theater, some of them were gay. So I’m not surprised by that culture. I was introduced to the arts by my gay uncles; like they’re point of interest is there so I’m not surprised if any singer or rapper is gay honestly. I just want their music to be good. It mattered to me that Luther Vandross sang about love honestly. It doesn’t matter who he was singing to. When I listened to his song I apply to it who I want to apply to it. When I listen to his songs I think about my woman.”
Food for thought. I’m still digesting. I’m sure he meant well but I’m a little lost if I’m being honest. And, I’m not sure how I feel about “They are the ones that gave me culture because my dad and stepdad were just manly kind of men.” I find it to be a little stereotypical.#KanyeShrug
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