Leave it to Kanye West to make an otherwise uninspiring Grammy award show interesting. As Beck was about to accept his award for Album of the Year, Kanye looked like he was about to step onstage and interrupt him as he had Taylor Swift during the 2009 VMAs in favor of Beyonce. Although many saw it as a prank, West had some choice words in an interview later that night:
When you keep on diminishing art, and not respecting the craft, and smacking people in the face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration. We, as musicians, have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album, and they feel like it takes them to a different place. … And by the way, I got my wife, my daughter, and I got my clothing line, so I’m not going to do nothing that would put my daughter at risk, but I am here to fight for creativity.
Say what you want about Kanye’s theatrics, the man makes some valid points.
Team Blackness also discussed the power of Prince, measles parties, and a #BlackLivesMatter course now offered at Dartmouth College.