Kanye West made a special appearance on Friday and stopped by a college classroom to give a lecture on welp … himself.
E! News first broke the story, the rapper surprised 40 students from LA’s Trade Technical College digital communications department and talked about his “experiences and personal struggles in the music, fashion and graphic arts industry, as well as talking about the importance of education in hopes of inspiring them.”
Per the news outlet, the group of students are troubled youth who are part of a summer bridge program and may not have graduated from high school.
Apparently, when asked how they would rate West as a teacher, a student responded, “I’ve listened to Kanye since I was younger, but I can’t rate him as a teacher because he didn’t come to teach a fashion class. He just spoke about his inspirations. He didn’t try to be a teacher, he simply spoke about how life really is.”
It’s our guess that West’s surprise appearance was part of his community service in connection with the July 2013 paparazzo scuffle. Yeezus, who was charged with battery and attempted grand theft, was ordered to 24 months informal probation and 250 hours community service, which includes teaching at the school.
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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