Kanye is probably happy to find out that he is having a textbook written about his cultural impact on the world.
Mr. West has spent the past couple of months doing interviews where he has stressed his importance as a influencer and genius and it looks like the academics have caught on. Julius Bailey, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University, has created a textbook of more than 300 pages on Kanye’s cultural impact on the world entitled The Cultural Impact of Kanye West. The book, which is scheduled to come out on March 6th, covers the “moral and social implications of West’s words, images and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas.”
Bailey is known in academia for his work in hip-hop, he is the author of Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop’s Philosopher King (2011) and author Philosophy and Hip Hop: Ruminations on Postmodern Cultural Form (2014). The Cultural Impact of Kanye West is currently available via preorder and is going for $80.
Here is the full synopsis:
The ability of popular art to offer societal critiques and challenge received ideas has been recognized throughout history. Through rap and hip hop, composers, singers, and entertainers have recently provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of the times. This book offers an in-depth reading of the works and cultural impact of Kanye West. Looking at the moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.
Exclusive: Sorry Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract
Last week rumors started circulating that Diddy had offered Liam Mango, the young model featured in the H&M ad a Sean John modeling contract. Unfortunately those reports, as sweet as they sound, aren’t true.
Diddy spoke to reporters backstage before a tapping of his new show The Four and clarified what really happened.
“I didn’t actually offer a modeling contract to him I told my people to reach out to him so we could use him in the next shoot that we do,” he explained. “But with that being said, I think that what we’re seeing is just a general insensitivity to how we feel you know. I think that H&M is going to feel the results of that.”
H&M has issued an official apology for featuring Mango on their website in a “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie, saying in a statement : “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
After photos of the young boy hit the web, folks started speaking out against the retailer calling them racist and insensitive. But one person not feeling that way was Mango’s mother. She posted her thoughts Facebook questioning what all the fuss is about. “I really don’t understand but not coz am choosing not to but because it’s not my way of thinking, sorry.”
She and the boys father Terry Odhiambo have since had a change of heart appearing on ITV on Monday, saying they don’t think that there’s ever an “overreaction when it comes to racism”.
They also said they’ve had to move from their home in Sweden, and haven’t been able to live a normal life since the controversy started.
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