One of the biggest beefs in recent rap times included Toronto’s Drake and New York born hip hop artist Pusha T. The barbs being thrown by the two had been going on for years, but it hit a peak last year when Pusha T unleased a real photo of Drizzy in blackface shocking people worldwide. The history of blackface in entertainment in the United States is a touchy subject due to its roots in racism. A new documentary will be released by HBO explaining just why this concept in entertainment is so offensive to those not only in hip hop culture, but American culture in general. Below is an official statement on the documentary.
(VIA VICE NEWS) Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia—for now. But he’s facing increasing pressure to resign after a conservative media site unearthed a photo of a man in blackface on Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook. Northam insists it isn’t him in the photo. And the New York Times today reported that a group of his medical school classmates is standing behind him. “We fully believe Governor Ralph Northam is neither of the individuals in those repugnant costumes,” they wrote in a letter.
“We attended classes with the Governor. We socialized with him. We knew him very well.”But even if Northam can prove he isn’t in the photo, there’s another problem: In a press conference on Saturday, Northam admitted he had “darkened” his face for fun around the same time. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume,” he said. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that.”Northam may not have understood that “harmful legacy” back in the 80’s—plenty of people didn’t. In fact, many still don’t understand it now.