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Trump Campaign Reportedly Leverages Kanye West Support For Fundraising

Amongst many other things, the signed MAGA hat became a marketing tool, selling Trump’s campaign with and through the support of Kanye West.

If you’ve been keeping up with Kanye West, you know that his most recent strings of tweets have aligned him with the GOP and, more significantly, with President Donald Trump. After West boasted about a signed hat from the president, “MAGA” suddenly became more than a slang term. It permeated the minds of fans and came in contact with those who weren’t devotees of the Yeezus rapper otherwise. West's ideas rolled off the tongues of former allies, but as his wife, Kim Kardashian West, noted, “Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion.”

Amongst other things, the signed hat became a marketing tool, selling Trump’s campaign with and through the support of West. The endorsement proved fruitful for Trump, his team jumping on the chance to raise money and spread the word, Complex reports. Amanda Hess of the New York Times and Julie Bykowicz of the Wall Street Journal posted screenshots of a text that all Trump supporters received from the campaign.

“We support Kanye speaking his mind, even if sometimes we do not agree on the issues,” it reads. “Do not let them silence you. “Get your red MAGA hat today.” The GOP also advertised the MAGA merchandise.

Despite the outrage that West has incited, the general response and impact are only due to his lengthy hiatus, and thus, a disconnect between himself and his fan base. It’s not his first time being vocal about supporting Trump or encouraging that validation.

In August 2016, the producer/fashion designer met with the then president-elect at Trump Tower, voicing concern about the lack of change in his home city of Chicago. In November of the same year, West stopped a concert to tell black people to “stop focusing on racism.” “The world is racist, okay?” he said. “Let’s stop being distracted. We are in a racist country. Period.” He told fans that, had he voted, he would have voted for Trump.

Fans and stars have allegedly unfollowed Ye at unimaginable rates since the onset of his latest reveal. Many fans have called his mental health into question but KKW has assured fans that West is as well as they come.

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.


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Chris Brown And His Ex-Girlfriend Reportedly Welcome Baby Boy

Chris Brown has become a father for the second time. According to numerous reports, Brown's ex-girlfriend, Ammika Harris gave birth to their son on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Neither Brown nor Harris have publicly confirmed the birth but fans suspected the reported baby news after the 30-year-old singer shared two cryptic posts on Instagram late Wednesday.

In one image, which fans believe was snapped at a hospital, Brown is seen looking down and smiling. He captioned the photo with the date, "11.20.19."  A second post features Brown wearing a sweatshirt with the words, “Born” on the hood.


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Harris also pointed posted to her Instagram Story, “I was in love with you the moment I first saw you,” TMZ reports.

The newborn is the first child for Harris and the second for Brown, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Royalty. Although Breezy has never directly addressed rumors about Harris being pregnant he may have dropped at least one clue. In May, Brown commented “BM BAD” on Harris’ Instagram account leading fans to believe that he was referring to her as his baby’s mother.

Aside from reportedly welcoming a new bundle of joy, the Virginia native’s “No Guidance” collaboration with Drake received a Grammy nod on Wednesday. Brown is also up for two  trophies at the 2019 American Music Awards, which air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Nov. 24.

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