In a statement posted to Instagram, Simmons urged Ye’s peers to intervene and used the untimely death of Chris Lighty, who passed away from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2012, as an incentive to take this seriously.
“Kanye West is suffering, he is unraveling in public. We have lost friends like Chris Lighty and others who suffered in silence, reach out to him. He is your brother," he wrote.
Revealing that his attempts to contact Kanye West have gone unanswered Simmons added, “Call your brother. I refuse to believe a black man who supports black empowerment, but now says “Slavery was a choice”, is operating with a healthy state of mind.”
Russell Simmons now joins the list of entertainers who have spoken out about Kanye West’s recent commentary.
Check out his full statement below:
Time for intervention. No more memes. He has made your hits and stood with us in the trenches. I personally occupied Wall Street with him, and worked on countless Hip Hop summits as well had the opportunity to march with him. Ye, call your brother back. Let’s discuss the 50 relevant issues confronting the human family like the unraveling of race relations, poverty, Israel, Iran, the prison system, police brutality, ,gun control... Honestly there’s not enough space here. Call your brother. I refuse to believe a black man who supports black empowerment, but now says “Slavery was a choice”, is operating with a healthy state of mind.
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