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Kanye West Calls Himself A “Servant” In Speech At Oxford University

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Kanye West delivered an epic speech on Monday while addressing the Oxford Guild Society at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

During the rapper’s lecture, he managed to compare himself to Picasso. Yes, Picasso. But the rapper also went on a tangent about the one thing that is often questioned: his ego. “One of my biggest Achilles’ heels has been my ego,” he said, according to The Tab. “And if I, Kanye West,the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.”

“People say I have a bad reputation. I think I’ve got the best reputation in the building,” the rapper explained. “They want you to have a reputation of tucking your black nail polish into your pockets and sitting in the corner of the class, and not fighting for your ideas out of fear of being ridiculed. That’s one of my favorite ones … to be called crazy.”

He continued, “I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, with my ability to build relationships with amazing people, speak to amazing people,” he said. “Call Elon Musk out of the blue, or call Obama out of the blue … he calls the home phone, by the way.”

For the rest of the speech head over to The Tab. 

Following the lecture, Kanye relaxed and joined and his mother-in-law Kris Jenner at The Arts Club in Mayfair, London. Click to see photos:

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Exclusive: Sorry, Folks, Diddy Did NOT Offer H&M Model A Contract

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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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