The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan made an earth-shattering announcement from the Atlanta Civic Center on June 26, 2010. Before a capacity crowd of over 5,000 people, and the world watching via Internet, in a speech titled, “Who Are the Real Children of Israel?” The Minister answered his question by saying that the real children of Israel were the Black people of America.
Now, Kanye West, known today as Ye, has stirred a global uproar by saying the same truth. The Minister set the stage for him in his announcement, and Ye has taken a starring role. But in the process, Ye has become the poster person for anti-Semitism in America. Over the past several weeks Ye has been vilified by almost every major media outlet in America.
Once characterized as a creative genius, a designation that earned him the status of a billionaire, Ye is now characterized as one of America’s most virulent anti-Semites. Some have even compared him to Hitler, as they have done to Dr. Martin Luther King and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan.
All their allegations and slander masks the essence of Ye’s essential message: Black people are Semites, in fact, are the Original Semites, founders and settlers of Jerusalem, and the original Black Canaanite. Moreover, he maintains that the dominant White Jewish community practices a double standard whereby Jews cannot be criticized for their aberrant behavior and criminal misdeeds, but they are free to criticize anyone they so desire, especially innocent Blacks.
However, for many, Ye’s message has remained consistent on all of the myriad media platforms he has appeared: The contracts that Black artists have performed under disproportionately devalues, marginalizes and dehumanizes them, all at the expense of their White, mostly Jewish executives, managers and lawyers.
Ye’s complaints are not new. Michael Jackson called the Jewish CEO of Sony Records, Tommy Mottola a devil, and accused Mottola of conspiring against Black artists. Speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network gathering on July 8, 2002, the King of Pop called the Sony chief a racist. He compared his troubles with the record company that made a bonanza off Jackson’s talents, to those who struggled financially and admitted that there was an “incredible injustice” taking place, laying claim to the same sentiments Ye has made that has resulted in the financial disenfranchisement of an untold number of music icons. Among them are Sam Cooke and Prince.
Sam Cooke, the “Father of Soul” and an ardent admirer of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad, patterned his musical enterprise after the teachings of the Nation of Islam. He challenged the music industry for control of his music empire, but through wicked contract manipulations his Jewish manager, Allen Klein, ended up controlling Cooke’s publishing rights and his catalog. His family did not benefit from Cooke’s musical genius, his manager/lawyer ended up with Sam’s $110 million dollar music empire.
Prince, the Purple One, who signed his first music contract at 18, compared contracts to slavery. Prince fought Warner Music publicly for control of his own music and his own name, only later to change his name to that of a symbol and wrote the name “Slave” on the side of his face.
All of these Black superstars died under mysterious circumstances. Ye has expressed that the same fate could await him.
Do Jews control Hollywood and the music industry? According to Joel Stein, staff writer for the L.A. Times, the answer is a resounding “YES.” “As a proud Jew, I want America to know about our accomplishments. Yes, we control Hollywood. Without us, you would be flipping between The 700 Club and Davey and Goliath all day,” he wrote. Funny, but no one is calling Stein an anti-Semite.
In addition to Ye’s consternation because of how he has been treated and disrespected in the entertainment industry, he lamented recently to Piers Morgan that 50 percent of the executives and CEOs in Hollywood are Jews.
One of the most popular recent HBO series was a program called ‘Entourage’. The program was ostensibly about a New York actor who moves to Hollywood to expand his career options. The aspiring actor engages the services of one of Hollywood’s most powerful agents, Ari Gold. Gold is characterized as smart, ruthless and neurotic. He emerges as one of the central characters in the eight year-long hit series because of his contacts, connections and influence with his fellow Jewish power brokers and studio executives.
Gold is identified as one of the most influential, feared and shrewd power brokers in Tinseltown. The character of Ari Gold is based on Ari Emanuel, recognized as one of the most dominant personalities in Hollywood. Emanuel is not only the brother of Rahm Emanuel, the former Mayor of Chicago and President Obama’s Chief of Staff, but he is also a very prominent and powerful power broker and a key player seeking to undermine Ye in the industry. Emanuel has launched a scorched earth policy to destroy the image, business and reputation of the most successful Black entertainer in the world, the former Kanye West.
Emanuel has put out the word in Hollywood for anyone doing business with Ye to cease doing business with him, in effect destroying him financially. So far Emanuel’s campaign of personal destruction seems to be working. According to several Hollywood media outlets Ari Emanuel is calling for Ye to be banished from the entertainment industry completely.
In an op-ed published in the Financial Times, Emanuel, CEO of Endeavor, an entertainment and media agency that is a part of the William Morris Agency, one of the world’s most powerful and influential talent agencies, let that world know that Ye is toxic and persona non grata. LeBron James, one of Emanuel’s clients, immediately canceled Ye’s appearance on his five-year-old HBO talk show, The Shop.
Emanuel has expanded his boycott to influence Spotify, Apple and Adidas to curtail their business interests with Ye’s companies. Can one man be this powerful? Do these actions underscore Ye’ s contentions about how powerful the Jews are in Hollywood?
After a heated and contentious debate with cable host Piers, Morgan, the cable talk show host agreed to Ye’s request to examine the contracts of these artists publicly. Time will tell if Mr. Morgan follows through with his commitment.
Because of Ye’s public disclosures verifying what the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan revealed about the relationship between Black artists and their Jewish managers 12 years ago, some have said that Ye’s life is in danger, and his enemies may seek to poison him. Killing Black men physically may have been their method in the past; now their new methodology has become more sophisticated. They kill your character in the media and destroy you financially, then you are left as good as dead, bloodlessly.
Ye classifies himself as a Jew and challenges his detractors and critics to prove that he is anti-Semitic. The criticism leveled against him is based on destroying his image because of the truths that he speaks, not because of his religious beliefs. He said on Chris Cuomo’s new platform on the lowly-rated News Nation recently, “Over 10 times in the past two years alone I have been screwed” in the music industry that’s dominated by Jews. He charged the Jews with having canceled several of his live shows and perpetuating the narrative that he is crazy.
He stipulated that his life has been threatened by his “Jewish managers and his Jewish lawyer.”
Ye added, “My people haven’t heard me, they need to hear me saying out loud what the truth is.” “There are a lot of people in sports and entertainment that know what I am saying is the truth and are happy that I am saying it. This is not from a place of anti-Semitism. I am also a Jew and some of my best friends are Jews.” He continued, “Every celebrity has Jewish people in their contract. This is not hate speech, this is the truth, and if you say anything out of line, then your career can be over.”
Ye ended his comments with the following statement, “There are so many Black musicians that are signed to Jewish record labels and the Jewish record labels take ownership of not only the publishing, like MC Serch (White rapper, born and raised in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Far Rockaway, Queens) is selling Nas’ publishing right now, but also ownership of the culture itself. It’s like modern-day slavery.” Finally, he said, “That’s what I mean by Def Con 3, I am calling out all these contracts.”
Ye sometimes comes across as inartful, inarticulate or erratic, but when we remove the smoke screen and remove the veneer, his statements are revealing and earth-shattering, and the world needs to hear what this brother is saying. Heed the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan in Atlanta in 2010, “All of our entertainers; see, we have the talent and the Jews have the expertise.
They attach themselves to our talent: They are the managers, the agents; and they are the accounts. That’s why our Black artists loved fame, and got fame, but died poor, because somebody else got their money, while the Jews sent their children to the finest schools, and were able to rule, while you pass on nothing to your children but the legacy of your fame, and nothing else.”
Therefore, when Ye complains about the treachery of the Jewish cabal that robs the Black artists of their artistic gifts with rigged contracts, he stands as a living testimony to the Minister’s revelations in Atlanta in 2010. The question is, will he be left to stand alone?
Brother Jackie Muhammad is a member of the Nation of Islam Research Group