Tuesday, February 1, marks the start of Black History Month, an annual observance that started in the United States to celebrate black culture. Annually, African-Americans worldwide join in commemorating this observance, and this year is no different.
Several African-Americans have begun raising a buzz about the celebration all over the internet, and some celebrities have joined in. One of such stars is Kanye West.
The famous rapper has joined in the ongoing discussion, but as expected, Ye has an unconventional approach to the celebration.
Kanye West Renames Black History Month
The “Flashing Lights” rapper took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the famous celebration. Ye uploaded a blank black photo with the design, “BLACK FUTURE MONTH 2022.” Alongside the image, the Yeezy founder wrote, “FEBRUARY IS NOW BLACK FUTURE MONTH #BFM.”
It didn’t take long for fans to show support for Ye’s new idea and endorse the new name with hashtags and love emojis. One fan wrote, “BLACK FUTURE MONTH IN FULL EFFECT,” while another “A message I will support.”
One user noted, “Kanye looking ahead as always,” while another praised the rapper for the brilliant name, “Thank you, Kanye, very cool.”
Other fans lauded Ye for “pushing the culture forward” and urged him to help “reprogram the masses.”
It’s no surprise that Ye unveiled a new name for Black History Month on day one of the celebrations. The Grammy Award-winning artist has been vocal about his problem with the name and the premise of the occurrence.
Ye Think Black History Month Should Be Canceled
In October 2020, Ye appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast and gave his controversial opinion on Black History Month. The Atlanta, Georgia native bashed the premise of BHM, saying:
Most Black people, we don’t know [where we come from]. We think we came from slaves. We don’t know our bloodline and we’re given Black History Month, and we take that like it’s some gift to us. No, it’s a programming to us. Racism doesn’t end until we get to a point where we stop having to put the word ‘Black’ in front of it.
Kanye argued that African-Americans don’t need a special month as it only serves as a reminder of slavery. His opinion caused quite the controversy on social media, but that didn’t stop the fashion designer.
In November 2021, during his headline-making appearance on Revolt TV’s “Drink Champs,” Ye doubled down on his stance on Black History Month, stating that the annual observance should come to an abrupt end and hinting at the new name the celebration should bear.
“I need a Black Future Month, I need Black Possibility Month. I’m tired of seeing us getting hosed down. I’m tired of talking about slavery and about how we should only be so lucky to vote for a women we ain’t seen since the election.”
It seems Ye settled for Black Future month over Black Possibility Month!
No Full Vaccination, No Entry
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In other news, the father-of-four seems to be on the bad side of the Australian government after speculations that he would be denied entry into the country because he isn’t fully vaccinated.
Per a previous The Blast report, the Donda rapper is set to perform in the Land Down Under in March, but the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a warning about his vaccination status. Morrison declared that no one would be allowed into the nation without being fully vaccinated.
While the Prime Minister didn’t explicitly mention Kanye, he insinuated it, saying, “the rules are you have to be fully vaccinated. They apply to everybody, as people have seen most recently. It doesn’t matter who you are, they are the rules.”
Morrison’s statement two weeks after Tennis player Novak Djokovic entered the country unvaccinated. The athlete was there for the Australia Open but got deported for not adhering to the country’s rules about vaccination, shattering his hopes of winning a grand slam.
Hence, it seems Morrison is sending a message to Kanye. The rapper is yet to comment on the matter, but if he ever wants to tour in Australia, there’s no doubt he has to get the jab.
Ye first commented about his vaccination status last year during his appearance on “Drink Champs,” saying he had to get his first shot when he traveled to Paris and couldn’t go through Lisbon without being vaccinated.