As Black History Month begins, Kanye West has made a bid to rebrand it into Black Future Month to shift focus to the future of blackness, rather than dwelling on the painful past.
Kanye Coins Black Future Month
Kanye West took to Instagram to post his latest controversial stream of thought on black culture and folks are already talking. His new idea dismisses the traditional celebration of Black History Month in America in favor of a new paradigm – Black Future Month.
The always irreverent Jeen-Yuhs dropped an image of a black screen with the words Black Future Month written in cursive on it, and captioned it, “February is now Black Future Month.”
Kanye has a point in seeking to rename the month of February to look toward Afrofuturism as Black history is often only taught in terms of struggle and pain. A cursory look at Black history programming available this month on streaming services Netflix and Hulu reflect themes overwhelmingly centered around slavery or the struggle and pain of the civil rights movement.
Certainly, the history of enslaved Africans in America is vital and necessary and should never be forgotten – like the Jews remember the Holocaust. But Black trauma aside, the future for African people in the US and the world looks promising and bright.
Common Sense Media curated a list of offerings in movies, TV, books and more to spotlight Black success and excellence and for the whole family to enjoy and bring joy.
In another recent controversial moment, Kanye expressed his disapproval for NFT’s and the metaverse. Kanye took to Instagram to address everyone asking him to enter into the metaverse, saying, “STOP ASKING ME TO DO NFT’s I’M NOT FINNA CO-SIGN … FOR NOW I’M NOT ON THAT WAVE I MAKE MUSIC AND PRODUCTS IN THE REAL WORLD”
The Chicago rapper also has been working diligently to get more tracks prepared for his upcoming album, DONDA 2. Kanye took to Instagram to make the album announcement, a rare post these days from his own account. The caption read, “DONDA 2 Coming 2/22/22 Executive Produced by Future.” The cover art featured a burning church and the drop date, 2/2/22, IN a gray cloudy background.