Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations. If you've been on the blog, you know how this Tumblr works, too. Including the moderation policy.
Recent Tweets @racialicious

As often as Kanye West talks about the state of his mental health, one would think that we’d be having a national conversation on mental health–kind of like the way we had a wave of conversations about domestic violence in the wake of the Chris Brown-Rihanna incident. Yet, in the four years since Kanye began talking openly about the depression related to the death of his mother and the dissolution of his romantic relationship with longtime paramour Alexis Phifer, the conversations have continued to be one-sided.

A search for “Kanye West and Depression” brings up surprisingly few articles and discussions. There’s a sterile AP article describing his initial comments, Cord Jefferson advising Kanye to go to a therapist on The Root, an MTV news article on his path to recovery, and Tom Breihan in the Village Voice distilling 808′s and Heartbreak down to “emo bellyaching” and a “album-length tantrum at his ex.” While Bassey Ikpi later argued to have some compassion for Kanye, it was one small plea in a sea of indifference and condemnation.

After four years of being open about pain and vulnerability, I’m starting to wonder if society will ever really hear him.

The R’s editor/owner Latoya Peterson is posting about mental health—in pop culture and in daily lives—all this week. Check out her analysis on Kanye West’ 808’s and Heartbreak and how badly pop/media culture handled his discussing his mental health on the album on the R today. 
  1. asheacentral reblogged this from racialicious
  2. lezbth reblogged this from dgrays
  3. venuscreator reblogged this from revolutionary-afrolatino
  4. whoresdontgetcars reblogged this from loveyourchaos
  5. beansorderyoursoup reblogged this from visualfarts
  6. visualfarts reblogged this from templecandy
  7. acerbictomes reblogged this from sqbr
  8. sartanhair reblogged this from flatluigi
  9. lappi reblogged this from sqbr
  10. kleptomaniacunicorns reblogged this from barbeauxbot
  11. sqbr reblogged this from barbeauxbot
  12. magicallydeliciouskiwininja reblogged this from barbeauxbot
  13. wombsonstrike reblogged this from barbeauxbot
  14. barbeauxbot reblogged this from bonerdoctor
  15. bonerdoctor reblogged this from penismanlyguy69
  16. templecandy reblogged this from kithandkin
  17. ubergrun reblogged this from thingsstingshouldsing
  18. birkinsmith reblogged this from herecomesthezayn
  19. thingsstingshouldsing reblogged this from flatluigi
  20. herecomesthezayn reblogged this from indragamano