Issa Rae blasts Kanye West’s ‘slavery’ remarks in front of Kim Kardashian

Photo: A.R. Shaw
Photo: A.R. Shaw

Issa Rae made several bold statements while hosting the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. The creator of Insecure made her first statement through fashion by wearing a belt with the words, “Every n—a is a star.”

The lyric is from Boris Gardiner’s 1973 song “Every N—a is a Star” and was recently made famous by Kendrick Lamar who used the sample on his album, To Pimp a Butterfly.

But Rae took things to another level by blasting Kanye West while Kim Kardashian was in attendance. Rae questioned Kanye’s Blackness by saying, “I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black — only when it’s convenient.” Rae continued by saying, “That joke was my choice, just like slavery.”

Kardashian was in attendance and received the Influencer Award.

Although Kanye has faced a backlash due to his statements, the controversy did not hurt his album. According to reports, Kanye will have the No. 1 album this week on the Billboard charts and is scheduled to sell around 175K copies by this Friday.

Rae was the first Black woman to host the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.


A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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