Kanye West Says His Biggest Weakness Is His Ego, Makes Surprisingly Insightful Comments At Oxford Lecture

Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 8:39am PDT       By X17 Staff


After reading Kanye West's University of Oxford lecture (oh how we wish there was a video!), we remember why initially fell in love with the rapper's message. He's bold, he's funny, and even if you don't agree with what he has to say, you have to admire his enthusiam. Of course, Kanye also made a number of completely ridiculous comments, but for the most part he redeemed himself when he spoke at the prestigious university last night.

Only a few photos of Kanye have made their way online, but lucky for us, Oxford's student newspaper, The Tab, posted the full transcript on their website. Highlights?
  • "People say it takes a village to raise a child. People ask me how my daughter is doing. She's only doing good if your daughter's doing good. We're all one family. We have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs."

  • "Clothing should be like food. There should never be a $5,000 sweater. You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people."

  • "I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile. To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be out-shined…to be beat by a girl [Nicki Minaj], basically. This was necessary. I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is."

  • "Some of you here probably remember the night when the Donda [his creative agency] tweets came through me and I started talking about professions that you guys are going into, that seemed they had nothing to do with a rapper. I was talking about a band of thinkers that could remove religion, race, gender, and somehow come together to find solutions for a broken planet. We have the resources as a civilization to find a utopia, but we're led by the most greedy and the least noble."

  • "My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater. That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you're not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That's a mentality that suppresses humanity."

  • "People say I have a bad reputation. I think I've got the best reputation in the building. They want you to have a reputation of tucking your black nail polish into your pockets and sitting in the corner of the class, and not fighting for your ideas out of fear of being ridiculed. That's one of my favorite ones ... to be called crazy."

Of course, the best quote came at the end of the night when Yeezy admitted that he has a pretty big head. Yeezy told the crowd, "One of my biggest Achilles' heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there's hope for everyone."

Tell us: After reading this, has your opinion of the rapper changed at all?

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Has Kanye West redeemed himself with his guest lecture at Oxford University?
Has Kanye West redeemed himself with his guest lecture at Oxford University?
Definitely! Not only does he come across as intelligent, but he sounds pretty humble!
No way! I'll always think he's an egotistical d-bag.

 

Jennifer Garner Gets All Glammed Up At Star-Studded Theater Bash In The Big Apple

Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 7:55am PDT       By X17 Staff

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Jennifer Garner attended the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2015 Spring Gala honoring Helen Mirren last night in New York City, and the actress looked amazing in a simple black dress and heels. She was joined by Alec Baldwin and his pregnant wife Hilaria, who showed off her growing baby bump in a skintight red number.

The bash was titled "There is Nothing Like A Dame," and Garner was the lucky one who presented Mirren with the Jason Robards Award For Excellence In Theater. That would explain why she was extra dolled up, but where was her hubby Ben Affleck? She can't possibly have left him behind in Los Angeles to watch after their three kids, right?

Other celebs at the event included Liam Neeson, Victor Garber, Matthew Broderick, Alan Cumming and Jane Krakowski ... check out more photos in the gallery below!

 

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Report: Bobbi Kristina Brown's Family Filming Reality Show While She's In The Hospital On Life Support

Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 7:29am PDT       By X17 Staff

We would say our hearts go out to Bobbi Kristina Brown's friends and family, but when some of them are reportedly trying to bank on the fact that she's fighting for her life in the hospital, we feel like they should be called out for that...

Several members of Bobbi Kristina's family are currently shooting a reality show, and while her father Bobby Brown will NOT be appearing in the series, three of his siblings (sisters Tina and Leolah, along with brother Shane) and a handful of his nieces and nephews are involved in it. Really guys?!

TMZ reports that the show will not show footage from inside Emory University Hospital, which is where she's currently staying, but family members are shown discussing Bobbi Kristina's medical status.

In addition to slamming Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend Nick Gordon last month, Leolah has a bit of a history of mouthing off to the media. Several years ago she told reporters that she held Ray J responsible for Whitney Houston's death, claiming he fueled her cocaine habit. Leolah hinted that she'll be sharing her story when she posted a lengthy message on Facebook over the weekend.

"I will always speak the truth no matter whom or what," she wrote. "For it is God that 'I' truly fear. Never will I try to make a name for myself to make one appear bad or ugly in others eyes...for my only interest is The Truth and the well being of my niece Bobbi Kriss Period. With that said stay tuned for THE TRUTH coming from MY mouth. For there is much that is serious and needs to be said to help others coming afterwards. My niece Bobbi Kriss is painfully suffering because of the neglect and greed that certain ones who on a daily basis maliciously aimed to simply see her where she is today. I, as her aunt and one who TRULY loves her will not sit back and let the sick, sad madness and injustice continue. With the help of almighty God, I intend to expose THE LIARS who pretend to have her back but are yet THE evil doers! Their days are Over with the fakeness! It's Exposing time!"

 

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Britney Spears' Hair Falls Out At Her Las Vegas Concert

Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 7:06am PDT       By X17 Staff


You want a piece of Britney? You definitely could have gotten one at Planet Hollywood last Friday, as the pop star lost a large chunk of hair while performing her hit "Do Something." Well, it wasn't her actual hair, but it hasn't been for quite some time...

A clump of Brit's extensions fell out and got stuck to her butt for a second or so, and they then fell to the floor when she zipped around on the stage. In fact, it seems like she didn't even notice the wardrobe malfunction, as she carried on her performance without a hitch. Britney recently renewed her contract with the venue through 2017, so perhaps they could invest in a better weave for the next leg of the residency?

On the plus side, at least she didn't pull a Madonna and fall on her butt!

 

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS - Lamar Odom Gets Back In Shape After Putting On A Few Pounds

Posted on Tue Mar 3rd, 2015 6:46am PDT       By X17 Staff


Lamar Odom and a pal went for a run in Calabasas on Monday afternoon, and though the former NBA star's legs have stayed pretty skinny, it definitely looked like he's battling a bit of a bulge around his waist! But hey, seeing as he's getting some exercise, we can't be too critical -- good for him for doing something about it!

While it's doubtful that Lamar is getting in shape to win back estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, it does seem like he'll yet again try to get on a pro team here in the states this coming season. Seeing as Khloe is reportedly trying to take him to the cleaners, Lam Lam might want to get a job so he can pay spousal support and whatever else the reality starlet is seeking.

You see, HollywoodLife is reporting that the main reason Khloe won’t finalize her divorce with Lamar is because she's trying to squeeze more money out of him. "She feels he was the one who screwed her over and he should pay her millions," a source tells the site. "They are still fighting over a secret joint bank account they had which Lamar emptied when they separated. He’s spent all that money and Khloe wants it back."

"Nobody can really understand Khloe‘s motivation for fight over the money," the source added. "It’s been so long now it seems bizarre that she’s still out for revenge." From losing Khloe to parting with his millions, that's gotta sting!

 

Ryan Phillippe Reveals He And Daughter Ava Struggle With Depression

Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 2:40pm PDT       By X17 Staff

Nothing like outing your child's mental health status in a public forum!

Ryan Phillippe sat down with Elle.com to promote his latest role in ABC's miniseries Secrets and Lies, and not only did the actor reveal he suffers from depression, but he also divulged that he passed depression down to his and Reese Witherspoon's daughter Ava. Something tells us he's going to get an angry phone call from his Oscar winning ex in the near future!

"You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I'm just innately kind of a sad person. I'm empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others. I see it in my daughter [Ava]. She has it, and I wish to hell she didn't. It's just, some people do have this pervading sort of sadness, or they're so analytical that they can kind of take the fun out of things because they think too much," he explained.

After he got finished exposing his teenage daughter's secrets, he went on to discuss how his sadness acts gives him a unique sense of humor. "I’m way funnier than people know me to be. And it's a dark humor, like a gallows humor. I think that's where, if you do carry any of that sadness or depression, your humor does tend to be a little darker than most people," he boasted.

Does he want to tell us about son Deacon hitting puberty while he's at it? Talk about foot in the mouth!

 

The Talk's Sara Gilbert Gives Birth To A Son

Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 2:12pm PDT       By X17 Staff

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Rhodes Emilio is the talk of the town! Sara Gilbert has welcomed a son, Rhodes Emilio Gilbert Perry, with her wife, songwriting superstar Linda Perry.

On today's episode of The Talk, fellow co-host Julie Chen announced, “Our very own Sara and her wife Linda are the proud parents of a new baby boy and both mother and child are doing well."

The former child star announced that she and Perry, who were married last March, were expecting this past September during an episode of The Talk in which the co-hosts faced their fears. The Roseanne actress, whose fear was to have a cinder block dropped on her stomach while laying on a bed of nails, decided to opt out of the dare due to her pregnancy. The 40-year-old told viewers, "Before we go I just want to say I'm actually not going to do the dare. I was scared to do it and I really believe in facing your fears, but I actually can't do the dare because I'm pregnant!"

Gilbert also has a daughter, Sawyer, 7, and a son, Levi, 10, from her previous relationship with Alison Adler.

 

Is Fergie Getting TOO Skinny?!

Posted on Mon Mar 2nd, 2015 12:35pm PDT       By X17 Staff


Skinny minnie!

Fergie ventured out with husband Josh Duhamel, son Axl, and a female friend over the weekend in Brentwood, and the singer looks like she's lost a ton of weight! The Black Eyed Peas front woman looked like a true rock star in knee high boots, a short skirt, and a jacket, and while normally boots tend to be slightly unflattering, these made the brunette beauty's legs look like sticks!

The married mom has a picture perfect life and tons of money, but before she burst on the scene with the BEP's, she was so broke that she had to move back in with her mother! "I remember when I ran out of money in the early 2000s - I moved back to my mom's, and she was my angel for a period of time," she revealed to People magazine.

Working on her fitness has done wonders for her figure!

 

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