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Drake explains why he was willingly photographed in black face

The photo dates back to 2007 and comes from a project Drake was working on "about young black actors struggling to get roles"

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Drake in black face, photo by David Leyes
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    Yesterday, in a thunderous counterstrike against Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle”, Pusha-T delivered “The Story of Adidon”. In addition to accusing Drake of fathering a secret child with a porn star, the track brought to light a previously unseen photograph of Drake in black face.

    Already photographer David Leyes, who took picture, came out and said it was Drake’s idea to be in black face. In a new Instagram post, Drake acknowledged as much while insinuating that any outrage was unwarranted, as the photograph was meant to shine a light on systemic racism within the entertainment industry.

    Drake said the picture is from 2007, during a time when he was still an actor (not sure why that matters), and came from a project he worked on “that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast.”

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    He added, “The photos represented how African Americans were wrongly portrayed in entertainment… This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”

    Just for context, at the time of the photograph Drake had a starring role on the teen sitcom Degrassi, playing the character Jimmy Brooks, a basketball star who became physically disabled from the waist down after he was shot by a classmate. Drake benefited from the exposure of Degrassi as he launched his music career, later leaving the show to pursue the craft on a full-time basis.

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