“You know, Kanye has a lot of love for all of you, all of his fans, and everybody who’s been there to support him forever. And, I know that he will explain himself in his own way. And, I think that anything he does – and I just think this is important to say is – he always does things with really good intentions.”

— on West’s recent behavior, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

“You want to be a free-thinker, you want to be thought-provoking, you cannot have these ideas without facts to back them up. Slavery is a fact. Slavery is part of our history… we cannot forget it… we are still feeling the effects of slavery within our community, within our culture. It hurts me. At the end of the day, we all got lucky and got plucked out of our hoods and live these amazing lives, but you cannot be so far in your bubble to think you are not a part of what this history is.”

— on West’s controversial comments calling slavery “a choice,” on The Talk

“That broke my heart, because I thought about my grandma, who was born in 1920, and her connection with her mom who raised her, who was born in the late 1800s. And my grandmother’s grandma, who was a slave. And when you’re a slave, you’re owned. You don’t choose if you’re owned. When you’re a slave you’re deprived of education. That’s not choice, that’s by force.

“That statement was one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors, that slavery is a choice. What are you talking about?”

— on West’s controversial comments about slavery, on Good Morning America

“You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion.”

— texting West after the rapper shared he supports President Donald Trump, on Twitter

“Where do you start with Kanye? I genuinely believe that this young man has brain chemistry issues and that he is in a hypomanic phase. I’m not a psychiatrist, I’m not a psychologist but I’ve seen this behavior and I know it fairly intimately well.

“I just think somebody in Kanye’s camp if there is somebody in Kanye’s camp needs to put their arms around him and have him sit the hell down for five minutes until his brain chemistry levels out because he’s not helping himself right now.”

— on West’s remarks implying slavery “was a choice,” on KTLA Morning News

“Kanye West is not just a mentor or big homie to me. He’s my family. No matter how much I may disagree with him, it’s hard for me to watch people talk about someone I love — even if they were justified in doing so.

“I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or cause I f— with trump, I did it because I wanted to help my friend and cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen either.”

— apologizing for attempting to support West after the rapper publicly proclaimed his love for President Donald Trump, on social media

“The evolution of Jay-Z and Kanye show you how influential your wife can be to your life.”

— alluding to JAY-Z’s wife Beyoncé following West’s comments supporting President Donald Trump, on Instagram

“We, as the black delegation, cannot afford to lose Kanye West. He is our Michael Jackson.”

— on confronting West over his controversial statements, on The Breakfast Club

“Kanye West has performed a great service to the Black Community. Big things are happening and eyes are being opened for the first time in Decades – Legacy Stuff!”

— praising West for publicly supporting his presidency, on Twitter

“I’ve had it with @KanyeWest + @RKelly using the imagery of lynching as rebuttals re: their dastardly behavior. Evoking racial terrorism and murder for personal gain/blame is stratospheric in is audacity and ignorance. This is what lynching looked like. How dare they?”

— sharing her anger over West’s tweets, on Twitter

“He’s a f—ing moron kanye – wake from the illusion.”

— on West’s tweets supporting President Donald Trump, on Twitter

“When he spoke about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this. But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics.”

— on West’s pro-Trump stance, on Twitter

“No, Kanye, slavery is not a choice. Going blond is a choice. Both are terrible but one is easier to undo. Although when I think about it, slavery was a choice — for white people. White people were like, ‘Hey, should we keep doing things ourselves or make other people do it for us? Hmm …. Yeah, other people. That sounds good.’ ”

— on West’s comments about slavery, on The Daily Show


— on West’s comments about slavery, on Instagram

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Kanye. I think what Kanye is – is he’s insulated in his own thoughts, in his own mind. And I don’t think that Kanye has people around him where he can run stuff by and bounce it off, and get some real truth from. You have to have people around you that can be truthful…

“Kanye needs an older, black man in his life, that’s real, that will tell him the truth. Older black man, period…Those of us that’s older know, there’s certain things you just can’t say. You ain’t free to be free. I don’t know who told you that, but we’re not. Freedom of speech – they’re not talking to us.”

— on West’s recent controversial comments, on Steve Harvey’s radio show 

“Our job is to love not to always agree! Love you Kanye!”

— responding to the backlash amid West’s recent comments, on his Instagram Story

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