In a move that he admits could cost him some fans, New York rapper Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan, considered "the first black Jewish MC," has come out publicly as a gay man of color.
"I feel like I have wasted years of my life worrying that my ‘public reputation’ will be negatively impacted by my identity," Jordan said in a statement. "Now that I'm over 30, I simply can't care as much about what people think, despite the prospect of alienating the community I dedicated my life to as an artist and a man. My hope is it will open their eyes – and hearts."
Although he's now publicly talking about it, Jordan tells Out magazine in an interview that he's "never been conflicted about my sexuality ... Any conflicts that have come up in my life have come up because of other people's homophobia. I've always known when to be in the closet and when not to."
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A black gay Jewish rapper? We're aware of you Y-Love, you can stop it now.
I heard he is also part Native American, a vegan, an expert botanist, and a ruthless cribbage player.
As we speak, Koreans are working on cloning him to become V2.0 of the Y-Chromosonal Adam of the human race.
Black, Jewish... AND gay? Boy, did HE hit the jackpot!
Nice jewish boy ! So what if he's gay He's a good artist ! May he be seen in a good light !
He's a Great Singer Check him out on Youtube ! So what is he's Gay.... May he be inscribed with the righteouss !!!
He had me at "Jewish rapper."
Really? What about the Beastie Boys?
... and so is CNN.
Rap really is dead.
if he comes out as a republican, im moving to the space station.
Welcome to the group baby!!! Great to have you here!
Seriously, congratulations. Coming out is never easy for anyone. I honestly cannot imagine, in your position, what it must be like.
I wish you much much love and happiness, brother.
gay men die young.
WHO is this guy ?????????
WHOA, a gay, black Jewish rapper, I can see the heartland white-robe "'murrican" types growling and frothing at the mouth already...
I am sure those comments will come–but you hurt and generalize Caucasians as a whoe when you say stuff like that. I try very hard to be open-minded, and when stuff like that is said, I wonder to myself: why bother?
And I meant to type "whole."
I am not attacking you wither–just bein honest.
What incenticve is there to try and be open-minded, when you seem to have an idea about Causasians as a whole? (And maybe you are Causcasian too, I don't know).
To be fair to Jorge, he never mentioned Caucasians as the issue. Perhaps you misread "white-robe" as white people? If so, I believe he was referencing KKK members' traditional garb. In response to your obviously retorical "why bother" question: that it is a moral issue – you either want to judge others and put yourself above them or you don't. It really should matter how others perceive you.
I think you're confusing the Heartland with the South, unless the definition of Heartland has changed and I missed it.
Thats cool. But why do they mention his religion. Hes black and gay. And reads the torah.
I think they mention his religion because it is part of how he identifies himself, just like he identifies as black and gay.
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