Earlier in the week, I reported that Frank Ocean opened up about his sexuality, then I posted that Ocean revealed his first love was a man in a letter posted to his tumblr blog. Since then, some music fans and people were left confused and wondering why did he chose to come out of the closet, while others supported his decision. There has been a lot of support from his peers in the Hip-Hop community and blogspheres. The Notorious B.I.G’s close friend, Hip-Hop Journalist & Author Dream Hampton (she co-wrote Jay-Z’ book, Decoded) showed her support to Ocean in a written letter penned to him from her, which was published on Jay-Z’s Life & Times website. AllHipHop Founder/CEO Chuck Creekmur weights in as well as New York’s Power 105 Charlamagne Tha God and Russell Simmons. Read below:
Thank you, Frank Ocean.
It’s true, we are a lot alike… “spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to.” In your opening few lines, you simultaneously established your humanity, a burden far too often asked of same sex lovers, and acknowledged that in this age of hyper self- awareness, amplified in no small part by the social media medium in which you made your announcement, we are desperate to share. You shared one of the most intimate things that ever happened to you – falling in love with someone who wasn’t brave enough to love you back. Your relieving yourself of your “secret” is as much about wanting to honestly connect as it is about exhibition. We are all made better by your decision to share publicly.
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