Kanye West Disses Record Labels, ‘Trashes’ Grammy Award In Latest Controversy

Kanye West took to the stage during a campaign rally at North Charleston’s Exquis Event Center in South Carolina on Sunday to reveal that he and his wife Kim Kardashian had considered aborting their daughter.

 

Kanye West has shared a video of himself urinating on a Grammy Award, adding a bizarre twist to his ‘battle’ against labels Universal and Sony over music rights and ownership.

The rapper, 43, shared the clip on Twitter which showed the object of many musicians’ aspirations getting placed in a toilet bowl.

‘Trust me… I WON’T STOP,’ West captioned the clip, which referred to his current bid to gain ownership of his masters – otherwise known as the copyright to his original songs.

 

 

The post, part of a barrage of over a hundred tweets from the rapper, record producer, and fashion designer, set off a twitter storm with the rapper trending for controversial reasons once again.

Over the course of his latest Twitter rant, he violated the micro-blogging site’s terms of use by sharing the personal contact details of a magazine editor he called ‘a white supremacist’.

‘If any of my fans want to call a white supremacist… this is the editor of Forbes,’ West wrote above the phone number of the publication’s editor Randall Lane.

Twitter hid the tweet some 30 minutes later before it was eventually deleted.

West has repeatedly hit out at the magazine in the past for failing to label him as a ‘billionaire’.

In another tweet, the “Gold Digger” hitmaker joked that his wife, Kim Kardashian, is his lawyer.

 

 

Kardashian-West last year revealed that she was starting a four-year law apprenticeship, however, the reality star has not yet commented on her husband’s latest antics.

Kardashian is taking 24 hours off Facebook and Instagram to protest the spread of ‘hate, propaganda, and misinformation’ on social networks.

 

Kanye had made a name for himself as a top record producer in the early 2000s before getting global fame with his critically acclaimed debut album ‘The College Dropout”.

He has won 21 Grammys for his efforts making one of the top Grammy award-winners of all time.

Kardashians Announce End To Reality Show

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 6, 2019 Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrives for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. ANGELA WEISS / AFP.

 

Fans will have to find another way to keep up with the Kardashians, as the mega-celebrity family announced Tuesday that their reality show will end next year.

“It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian wrote in a post to her 188 million Instagram followers.

“After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years — through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children,” she said.

“Our last season will air early next year in 2021,” wrote the businesswoman and wife of rapper Kanye West.

“Without Keeping Up with The Kardashians, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she added. “This show made us who we are and I will be forever in debt to everyone who played a role in shaping our careers and changing our lives forever.”

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 (L-R) Business women/media personality Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kim Kardashian arrive for the 45th annual E! People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. – Fans will have to find another way to keep up with the Kardashians, as the mega-celebrity family announced on September 8, 2020 that their reality show will end next year.  Jean-Baptiste Lacroix / AFP.

 

The statement was also shared by Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, the family’s highly adept “mom-ager.” The post was signed by the three Kardashian sisters — Kourtney, Kim and Khloe — their mother, their brother Rob, their half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick, the father of Kourtney’s three children.

The family gave no explanation for the decision to end the popular show.

The announcement comes after that of rap star West, who has four children with Kim Kardashian, that he is running for US president.

West has also recently made enigmatic and disjointed, even incoherent, remarks on Twitter and at a campaign event, prompting his wife to open up about his bipolar disorder and ask for “compassion and empathy.”

“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” skyrocketed the entire family to fame, turning them into regulars in celebrity tabloids and helping them leverage their notoriety into multi-million dollar careers in makeup, perfume and modeling.

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Kim Kardashian Seeks ‘Compassion’ For Husband Kanye West

In this file photo taken on May 06, 2019, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York. 
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Kim Kardashian West on Wednesday opened up about her husband Kanye West’s bipolar disorder, calling on the media and public to show “compassion and empathy” in light of the rapper’s recent erratic behavior.

West launched his presidential campaign Sunday in a rambling speech where he made bizarre comments about abolitionist Harriet Tubman, revealed he had wanted to abort his now seven-year-old daughter, and broke down in tears.

He has continued grabbing headlines in recent days for his tweets, later deleted, that accused his wife and mother-in-law of trying to lock him up, and suggested he is seeking a divorce.

 

Photo: Kim Kardashian West/Instagram

 

Reality TV star Kardashian West wrote in a lengthy Instagram story that she had been reluctant to speak publicly about how her husband’s illness had affected his family “because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy.

“But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health,” said the 39-year-old.

Biploar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings.

 

 

Photo: Kim Kardashian West/Instagram

 

Patients experience both mania, where they feel euphoric and often act recklessly, and bouts of severe depression that can leave them unable to function and fixated on suicide.

Kardashian West said in her post: “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.

“People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”

She said she understood that, as a public figure, West’s words were subject to criticism and could evoke “strong opinions and emotions.”

 

 

‘Brilliant and complicated’

But she added that he is a “brilliant and complicated person who on top of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother … has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder.

“Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”

She closed out her statement by saying that living with bipolar disorder did not invalidate her husband’s dreams or ambitions, “and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.”

West, one of the world’s best-selling artists, announced he was running for president on July 4.

“We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it,” said Kardashian West.

“I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this,” she concluded.

West, 43, first revealed his diagnosis on his 2018 album “Ye” where he called it his “superpower.”

For reasons that aren’t fully clear, bipolar disorder is often associated with creative people and high-achievers.

Research has shown that many who have it view their condition as an asset, even if it alienates family and friends.

 

 

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Kim Kardashian Christens Her Children In Armenia

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Artin New York.  ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

US reality television star Kim Kardashian baptised her children on Monday during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia.

Kardashian wore a tight-fitting beige dress and stopped to take pouting selfies with local fans as she left Holy Echmiadzin, the Caucasus nation’s main cathedral.

She was accompanied by her four children and sister Kourtney Kardashian, according to an AFP photographer. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, was not present.

The visit was the star’s first to the Caucasus nation since a 2015 trip marking the centenary of the Armenian genocide that saw her husband give a chaotic, impromptu concert in capital Yerevan.

Kardashian is due to give a speech on Tuesday at the World Congress on Information Technology which is being held in Armenia.

Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey.

Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion, in the fourth century.

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Kim Kardashian’s Paris Robbery To Be Made Into Movie

The dramatic Paris gems heist in which Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed of jewellery worth some nine million euros is to be made into a movie.

“Fashion Week” will be adapted from a 130-page graphic novel that cult French writer and director Joann Sfar has written but which has yet to be published, the producers said Thursday.

The American reality television star was threatened with a gun, tied up and gagged in the bathroom of a luxury residence in the French capital where she was staying during fashion week in October 2016.

Eleven people have since been charged in connection with the robbery, the biggest heist of one individual in France in two decades.

Despite the wave of arrests of mostly well-known and aging French career gangsters, only one piece of jewellery has been recovered.

A total of 9 million euros ($10.6 million) worth of jewellery was taken.

One of the team of five robbers who forced their way into Kardashian’s apartment dropped a diamond-encrusted cross worth 30,000 euros while he was fleeing the scene on a bicycle.

It was found by a passer-by a few hours later.

The suspected ringleader, 61-year-old Aomar Ait Khedache, told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for Kardashian’s 18.88-carat ring, which she had flaunted on Instagram.

 ‘Old school crooks’

The huge gem was given to her by her husband, the rapper Kanye West.

Ait Khedache said it was “too recognisable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.

Sfar is one of France’s best known comic and graphic novel authors, and also made “Gainsbourg”, the acclaimed 2010 biopic about the hard-living French singer and songwriter of “Je t’aime”.

He said that like the graphic novel, the movie would be about “a group of old school crooks who eye up the jewellery of a influential celebrity and find themselves swept up in the whirlwind of the fashion world.”

Sfar admitted it was “liberally based on the raid on Kim Kardashian”.

“It is going to be a popular comedy inspired by the real events… about the dying days of the patriarchy. The ‘Museum of the Man’, to put it briefly,” he added.

The producers said the film, which will be co-written by “Moloch” screenwriter Marion Festraets, has been “in development since the beginning of the year” and talks were going on with distributors.

French police are still trying to track down the missing jewellery, and believe part of the loot was sold in Belgium.

Last year Kardashian’s insurance company launched a $6.1 million lawsuit in the US against her former bodyguard Pascal Duvier and the company he worked for, ProtectSecurity, for breach of contract.

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Kim Kardashian To Rename Shapewear Line After Backlash

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Artin New York.  ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

“Kimono” is now a no-no, Kim Kardashian West said Monday.

The pop culture icon announced that she will change the name of her new “Kimono” line of underwear, after being accused of cultural appropriation.

Kardashian, who is married to rapper Kanye West, sparked a social media storm last week when she unveiled the new line, with some in Japan accusing her of disrespecting the traditional outfit.

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Following the backlash, which included the trending Twitter hashtag #KimOhNo, Kardashian revealed on Twitter and to her 142 million followers on Instagram that she would change the name.

“When I announced the name of my shapewear line, I did so with the best intentions in mind,” Kardashian said.

“My brands and products are built with inclusivity and diversity at their core and after careful thought and consideration, I will be launching my Solutionwear brand under a new name,” she said.

Once a standard of the Japanese wardrobe, the kimono is now often reserved for special occasions, such as weddings and coming-of-age ceremonies, and is mostly worn by women.

The mayor of Japan’s ancient capital Kyoto was among those who asked the reality television star to consider renaming her shapewear line.

“Kimono is a traditional ethnic dress fostered in our rich nature and history,” Kyoto Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa wrote in a letter to Kardashian.

“(I) ask you to reconsider your decision of using the name Kimono in your trademark,” Kadokawa said.

Explaining her decision to change the name, Kardashian said “being an entrepreneur and my own boss has been one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve been blessed with in my life.

“What’s made it possible for me after all of these years has been the direct line of communication with my fans and the public,” she said. “I am always listening, learning and growing — I so appreciate the passion and varied perspectives that people bring to me.”

However, Kardashian’s U-turn did not appear to mollify Japanese officials, with Trade and Industry Minister Hiroshige Seko announcing that Tokyo would sent senior Patent Office staff to the US on July 9 to discuss the situation.

“The kimono is a culture our country has given to the world. In America as well, kimono has high name recognition as being Japanese,” Seko told reporters in Tokyo.

“I hope the United States will take the appropriate screening measures, taking into account the spirit of the trademark system,” added the minister.

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It’s A Boy! Kardashian, West Welcome Fourth Child

In this file photo taken on May 06, 2019, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive for the 2019 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York. Superstar Kim Kardashian West said Friday, May 10, 2019 that she and rapper Kanye West have welcomed their fourth child, a boy born via surrogate. ANGELA WEISS / AFP

 

Television reality star Kim Kardashian West said Friday that she and rapper Kanye West have welcomed their fourth child, a boy born via surrogate.

“He’s here and he’s perfect!” the 38-year-old Kardashian, who also has her own make-up and fragrance lines, tweeted.

She had announced the couple were expecting in January, telling the US program “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” that the youngest Kardashian to keep up with was due “sometime soon.”

The new baby joins three other siblings: sister Chicago, who was born last year via surrogate, five-year-old sister North, and three-year-old brother Saint.

The couple has yet to announce the new baby’s name.

Kardashian said the newborn was “also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her.”

Kardashian has been open about her struggles with pregnancy and decision to use a surrogate, as she had previously suffered from placenta accreta — a serious condition where the placenta becomes too deeply attached to the wall of the uterus.

Kim Kardashian Pursues Dream Of Becoming Attorney By Enrolling For Law

Suspect Charged In France Over Kardashian Gunpoint Robbery
US reality TV star Kim Kardashian poses during a photocall to present her new cosmetic brand in Paris on April 15, 2015. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

 

American television star Kim Kardashian, known for her reality shows and marriage to hip-hop artist Kanye West, is studying law and hopes to pass her California bar exams by 2022, the magazine Vogue reported on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old lifestyle mogul, who has 134 million Instagram followers, has been interning at a California law firm since last year. She said she was inspired to study law after successfully petitioning US President Donald Trump last year to pardon Alice Marie Johnson.

Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, had served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for cocaine trafficking.

A week after meeting with Kardashian, Trump — also a former reality television star — pardoned Johnson in June 2018.

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The star of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” said she had been invited on a different occasion to the White House to participate in a working group on pardons and clemency.

“I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she told Vogue.

“I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more,” said the mother-of-three whose own father Robert was an attorney who helped defend OJ Simpson in his murder trial.

Admission to law school in the United States usually requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Kardashian never graduated from the college she attended, Pierce, having dropped out before she completed her course.

But some states including California do allow would-be attorneys to intern in a law firm for four years before taking the bar exam.

Kardashian has been apprenticing at a San Francisco law firm since last year and hopes to pass her exams by 2022.

In the meantime, she said she is taking an interest in other cases of inmates calling for the early release from prison.

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Kardashian’s Ex-Bodyguard Sued Over Robbery

Suspect Charged In France Over Kardashian Gunpoint Robbery
US reality TV star Kim Kardashian poses during a photocall to present her new cosmetic brand in Paris on April 15, 2015. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

 

Two years after Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, her insurance company is suing her former bodyguard and his security firm in the United States for $6.1 million.

The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday in Delaware by company AIG and accuses Pascal Duvier and the company he worked for, ProtectSecurity, of breach of contract.

Celebrity website TMZ, which first reported the suit, says Duvier left the luxury residence, where Kardashian had been staying during Paris Fashion Week in October 2016, and followed two of her sisters to a nearby club.

As a result, Kardashian was left without security. The lawsuit also accuses Duvier of failing to plug a number of breaches at the property that allowed the masked gunmen to enter, TMZ reported.

Five men tied her up, gagged her and locked her in a bathroom, before making off with jewels worth $10.6 million, including a diamond ring gifted by rapper husband Kanye West, which she had flaunted on Instagram.

AIG is seeking the $6.1 million that it paid Kardashian after the robbery, holding the bodyguard and firm negligent, TMZ said.

Duvier no longer works for the mother of three.

French justice charged 11 suspects in connection with what was the largest robbery of an individual in France for 20 years. Only one piece, a diamond-encrusted cross, has been recovered.

The suspected ringleader, Aomar Ait Khedache, told investigators he had struggled to find a buyer for Kardashian’s 18.88-carat ring, complaining it was “too recognizable” and that he had given it to an unidentified third party.

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Kim Kardashian Talks Justice On Second White House Visit

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Kim Kardashian on Wednesday made her second visit to the White House this year to talk criminal justice, months after she successfully appealed for the release of a great-grandmother convicted of cocaine trafficking.

The reality TV star was one of around 50 people, including US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, set to discuss the clemency process, the White House said in a statement.

“The discussion is mainly focused on ways to improve that process to ensure deserving cases receive a fair review,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said.

Kardashian, 37, has championed criminal justice reform in recent months.

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former President Barack Obama’s administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

Trump, meanwhile, has advocated a more hardline approach to criminal justice.

However, during her first White House visit in May, Kardashian met the president and called for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old woman who served over 20 years for a nonviolent drug offense.

Days later, the White House said Trump had commuted Johnson’s sentence.

Trump Grants Drug Offender Clemency Plea, After Kardashian’s Appeal

TV personality Kim Kardashian is seen entering the grounds of the White House on May 30, 2018, in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan / AFP

 

US President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence on Wednesday of a 63-year-old woman whose release had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, had served nearly 22 years of a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense.

Kardashian, the wife of rapper Kanye West, met with Trump at the White House last week to appeal for the release of the great-grandmother convicted of cocaine trafficking.

The White House said in a statement that Trump had commuted Johnson’s sentence and that she “has accepted responsibility for her past behaviour” and been a “model prisoner.”

“Despite receiving a life sentence, Alice worked hard to rehabilitate herself in prison, and act as a mentor to her fellow inmates,” the White House said.

“While this Administration will always be very tough on crime, it believes that those who have paid their debt to society and worked hard to better themselves while in prison deserve a second chance,” it said.

Kardashian welcomed the commutation of Johnson’s sentence with a tweet saying it was the “BEST NEWS EVER!!!!”

Following his meeting with Kardashian last week, Trump tweeted: “Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing.”

Kanye West recently raised eyebrows after tweeting about his “love” for Trump and describing him as a “brother” with whom he shared “dragon energy.”

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of former President Barack Obama’s administration, but he failed to win congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

Trump has so far taken a more hardline approach, advocating a “lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” approach to criminal justice.

During his first year and a half in office he has issued a number of pardons, however, mostly involving high-profile cases.

Opposition Democrats say Trump’s pardons — or hints to issue clemency — of political allies is meant to signal his present and former aides that they need not fear resisting the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

Last week, Trump pardoned firebrand conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of violating campaign finance laws.

He previously pardoned disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Trump supporter who violated a court order to halt traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

He also commuted the sentence of vice president Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Trump issued a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, who was sent to prison a century ago in a racially charged case

The president has also signalled that he could similarly favour lifestyle guru Martha Stewart, who went to jail for making false statements in an insider trading case and commute the prison sentence of Rod Blagojevich, a former governor of Illinois convicted of corruption.

Blagojevich — a Democrat — appeared on Trump’s reality TV show “The Apprentice” while Stewart once hosted a spin-off version of the show.

Trump on Monday even asserted a right to pardon himself of any crime.

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The ‘Other Kim’ Summit: Trump Keeps Up With Kardashian At White House Meet

TV personality Kim Kardashian is seen entering the grounds of the White House on May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan / AFP

 

Days away from a historic summit with North Korea’s mercurial leader, US President Donald Trump held a White House meeting Wednesday with another famous Kim — reality TV star Kardashian — to discuss prison reform and sentencing.

The reality star entered the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wearing a black suit and canary yellow stilettoes, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Kardashian was expected to meet aide Jared Kushner, who has spearheaded stuttering White House efforts at criminal justice reform.

In the end, she met with fellow TV personality, President Donald Trump — formerly of “The Apprentice” and New York tabloid fame.

“Great meeting with @KimKardashian today, talked about prison reform and sentencing,” the president said in a tweet, accompanied by a photograph of the pair in the Oval Office, with Trump flashing a broad grin.

Kardashian, 37, is known for her socialite TV persona, but has also called for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old who has been in prison for more than two decades for a nonviolent drug offense.

Fixing tough sentencing laws had been a priority of President Barack Obama’s administration, but he failed to win Congressional support, prompting a stream of presidential pardons and clemency actions.

Trump has so far taken a more hardline approach, advocating a “lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” approach to criminal justice.

During his first year and half in office he has pardoned disgraced Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Trump supporter who was convicted of violating a court order to halt traffic patrols targeting immigrants.

He also pardoned vice president Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Last month, Kim’s rapper husband Kanye West raised eyebrows after tweeting about his “love” for Trump and describing him as a “brother” with whom he shared “dragon energy.”