Kanye West’s public mental health talk with Charlamagne has been cancelled

Charlamagne said the talk, hosted by The New York Times, “would not be productive.”

October 15, 2018

Kanye West and Charlamagne Tha God were scheduled to have a discussion about mental health hosted by The New York Times on October 17 in New York City. That event has now been cancelled, Charlamagne announced on his Instagram. Read his statement above via Pitchfork.

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Charlamagne writes he hoped the talk would encourage "normalizing being mentally healthy." However, he goes on: "Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him right now would not be productive and a total distraction from the point of the convo which is to eradicate the stigma of mental health especially in the black community."

The cancellation comes the week after Kanye West's oval office visit in the White House with President Donald Trump. His renewed embrace of Donald Trump was blasted as "next level futuristic sambo" behaviour by West's once-defender T.I. After the visit, West flew to Uganda to continue work on his upcoming album Yandhi. He reactivated his deleted Twitter account to livestream recording sessions and deliver a speech about "mind control."

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Kanye West’s public mental health talk with Charlamagne has been cancelled