“Maybe for one of the first times in my life I understand how it is to feel humbled.”
The Grammy Award-winning musician/designer/mogul was caught off guard by an extensive highlight reel that played during Monday’s BET Honors show, where he was set to receive the night’s biggest honor, the Visionary Award.
After expressing his humility, West launched into a moving 9-minute speech that touched on his experiences as a successful black man in America. He spoke of how “groundbreaking” it was to visit Minister Louis Farrakhan and witness the civil rights leader’s reaction to him discussing his relationship with “a woman not of color”—Kim Kardashian West, the mother of his child. Then West discussed the wrongheaded societal expectations that come with being a black celebrity.