Did I miss something or is it national coming out month? First we respected journalist Anderson Copper come out, big surprise and now a young black artist has come out.
Frank Ocean is an up and coming solo artist who's work travels between hip-hop and R&B. You can hear a sample his work on Odd Future.
We have to give credit to our historical gay artist and Diva Sylvester, who was gender bending and representing in an era when no one even dared speak of homosexuality.
I don't know if Ocean has necessarily come out proper by identifying himself as gay or bi-sexual but he has spoken openly about falling in love with another man. I know that seems pretty gay to me too.
He shares and writes on a flight from his hometown of New Orleans to Los Angeles that, “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together and every day almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide.”
Could there really be a shift in the culture of hip-hop?
I know it seems confusing. I was like pick a character Sybil.
Lil B shared his ideology with MTV "I'm very gay, but I love women. I'm not attracted to men in any way. I've never been attracted to a man in my life. But yes I am gay, I'm so happy. I'm a gay, heterosexual male," he told MTV. "I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that's why I'm doing it."
But back to the man of the hour Mr. Frank Ocean. Ocean coming out is a major statement in the world of hip-hop which is historically known for it's hyper-masculine posture, homophobia, materialism and misogynistic themes.
So far Ocean seems to be getting support from fans and other artist.
Ocean even got support from hip-hop mogul Russel Simmons when he wrote, “Today is a big day for hip-hop, It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honest of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many people still living in fear.”
Hey that is a profound statement coming from a man who boast selling black culture and the N-word to boost his profile and line his pockets...lol.
Hey this might even change the face of the BET awards. Imagine an artist instead of giving the requisite acceptance speech of "I would like to thank God and all my N-words that held it down."
You might hear something quite different from a gay artist like "This goes out to my boo Rey Rey"....smile.