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I’ll support you, Frank Ocean.

It’s a taboo subject within a genre that emphasizes masculinity at every turn. Although it’s known that the music industry is filled with people who identify themselves as homosexual, some people refuse to acknowledge that it exists. It’s like some people truly believe that every artist is straight and it’s blasphemy to think otherwise. As if every hip-hop artist is toting pistols and gang-bangin’ like they try to portray in their music. It makes no sense.

As of a couple of days ago, we may be on our way towards more openness in music.

On his tumblr page, Odd Future’s Frank Ocean posted a letter that was intended for the closing thank you’s of his upcoming July 17 album, Channel Orange. In the letter, the singer admitted that his first love was in fact, a man.

Ocean immediately received support from fellow Odd Future member Tyler the Creator, Russell Simmons, Solange Knowles and many others. Even co-author of Jay-Z’s book Decoded, Dream Hampton, wrote a letter in support of Frank Ocean’s decision. But where there is positive support, there is negative criticism. Many people decided to call Frank Ocean gay slurs and claim that they can’t listen to his album. Bombarding the man’s twitter timeline with negative comment after negative comment, showing their true colors as bigots.

If the man’s own mother supports him, why should we as fans say anything different. It’s his personal decision to love whoever he wants to love behind closed doors. If anything, I admire Frank Ocean. Hip-hop culture is and has been homophobic for ages. In taking a risk as big as this one was, he essentially slapped conventional wisdom in the face and allowed himself to be free to write whatever music he feels like writing. He has complete artistic freedom in the writing of his songs.

It’s hard enough just trying to be a black man in America. But as a heterosexual black man, I can’t imagine being a bisexual man would make things much easier. But I’ll still be supporting Frank Ocean on July 17th. His sexual preference changes nothing; the guy is still a genius songwriter with an incredible ceiling. And if someone wants to call Frank Ocean names for having feelings for either sex, maybe you take a look in the mirror and think about who you are. Real, confident people could care less what another person does in their private life.

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Lets say “NO” to “No Homo”

Random conversation:

Me: Man I’m telling you, Chris Paul has some of the best handles in the league.
Friend: He’s no A.I. (Allen Iverson, for those who don’t know)
Me: True, but Chris can carry the ball well.
Friend: WHOA…PAUSE MAN! PAUSE!

If you’re a grown man reading this, on how many occasions have you been in this situation? You’re trying to have a simple conversation about sports and some guy decides that what you said could be taken as homosexual. If you’ve never been in this situation by explaining the meaning of “pause.”

“Pause” or “No Homo” are terms used to negate or mask the sexual connotation of a statement.


“No Homo” – Brett the Intern – A parody of “Ridin’ Solo” from Jason Derulo

If you have never heard of these terms, you are probably wondering why someone would use these terms. Hell, if you hear these terms EVERYDAY you are probably wondering why brothers use these terms. I’m here to tell you why. Continue reading

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