You would never believe that a meaningful, thought-provoking rap lyric would make you think of Kim Kardashian West, but it’s starting to happen. Before we get into that realization, however, a little background: in 1993, legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur released what is probably one of his most-respected songs to date, “Keep Ya Head Up.” The anthem-like tune, which was written as a response to the demeaning nature in which Black women are continuously treated, as well as the death of a 15-year-old Black girl by the hands of a Korean shop worker, has long been considered one of the most important of its time, as well as one that still speaks to where we, as a society, find ourselves today.
“Some say the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice,” he begins, “I say the darker the flesh, then, the deeper the roots. I give a holler to my sisters on welfare — Tupac cares, if don’t nobody else care.”
Those last six words are what brings us to Kardashian’s latest act — and no, in case you were wondering, it has nothing to do with her affinity of attempting to “break the internet” by showing off some skin (although she did retry that recently). In fact, it actually has to do with a topic that hasn’t been brought up much when it comes to the Keeping Up With The Kardashians focal point: her attempts to be extremely vocal about several, long-standing issues that have plagued this country.
Following last Sunday’s Orlando nightclub massacre that saw 49 people (many of them LGBT+) brutally killed, Kardashian took to her millions of followers on Twitter to send out her condolences, and a battle cry.
I'm truly at a loss for words. To everyone in Orlando affected by this massacre, my thoughts, love, & prayers are with u ❤️????????????????— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2016
We have repeatedly called on Congress to close this loophole that makes it easy for dangerous people to get guns & kill.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2016
Nothing has changed!!!! People continue to senselessly die. When will these gun laws be changed?!?!?!?!!!!?????— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 12, 2016
Big words from someone who is more known more for her habitual selfies and self-promoting ways, right? But, it doesn’t stop there. Check out how Kardashian lashed out at the 53 senators who refused to pass four laws that would’ve stopped people like Omar Mateen from getting their destructive hands on guns.
So sad! The senate voted against background checks being needed to buy guns. So terrorists on fbi's wanted lists can legally still buy guns— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 21, 2016
Oh & mentally ill people can buy guns without a background check too.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 21, 2016
The fact that anyone can so easily access guns is so scary & after all of the devastating loss the Senate should have not failed us!!!— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 21, 2016
The thing is — and prepared to be really floored by this one — this is not the first show of concern or care that Kim has displayed regarding real-life issues. Actually, it’s not even the second or third time, and it’s not just public displays of giving a damn, either. Were you aware that she’s tied to no less than 20 charities that support several important causes, including, but not limited to, breast cancer treatment and survival, HIV/AIDS research, and even Alzheimer’s Disease? Did you know that 10 percent of all earnings from KUWTK and sales from her fragrance, jewelry, and clothing lines go directly to those charities? Granted, that amount may not seem like a lot from the outset, but when you factor in just how many things you can buy and watch with the name “Kim Kardashian” attached to it, you can see just how truly giving of a person she really is.
“I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world,” she wrote in an open letter via her blog in 2013. “I do it because I want to. I do it because my dad [the late Robert Kardashian, Sr.] taught me to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do.”
Also, to my fellow journalists who have occasionally trashed Mrs. West for being less than an exemplary member of the entertainment world: perhaps we can agree that we were all just a little wrong for not noticing this respectable side of her a lot sooner. Maybe just as with the silence that is coming from certain notable figures, we’re ultimately part of the problem for not raising up the volume on the folks who are speaking for a greater good. Either way, we’re definitely looking at you now, Kim, and we like what we see. Keep it up, girl.
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