Just like President Obama’s statement has had a “halo” effect among some Black voters, Jay-Z has had a similar effect in hip-hop. The rapper’s endorsement has sparked a major conversation about gay rights and homophobia in the American hip-hop music scene—and the conversation has jumped from the barbershops to talk radio, Twitter and Facebook.
Hova’s comments were rapidly followed by similar endorsements from actor Will Smith—who began his career in rap—as well as legendary rap icon Chuck D of Public Enemy. Entertainment, rap icon and fashion mogul Russell Simmons—a longtime gay ally—tweeted his support to his 1.6 million followers: “Extremely proud of Jay-Z for this.” Boxer Floyd Mayweather--who has a history of gay-baiting and homophobia--came out for marriage equality. So did dancehall artist Beenie Man, who has a troubling history of violent anti-gay lyrics.
This week’s narrative was a breath of fresh air in an industry better known for its homophobic lyrics and hostility toward gays—such Busta Rhymes violent remarks about gay men and Ja Rule’s whack comments about gays “ruining” society. And this is despite the fact that many younger Black gay men and women are die-hard hip-hop lovers.
Read the full article HERE.
You May Have Missed:
VIDEO: Jay-Z Supports Obama on Equal Marriage