The Full Transcript of Kanye West’s Bonkers VMA Video Vanguard Acceptance Speech

Kanye West accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the VMA’s with a memorable speech, something that we wouldn’t forget. 


“Bro. Bro. Listen to the kids. Jeremy, I gotta put it down for a second. It’s beautiful—Jeremy Scott, the designer. First of all, thank you, Taylor, for being so gracious and giving me this award this evening. Thank you. And I often think back to the first day I met you, also. You know, I think about, when I’m in the grocery store with my daughter and I have a really great conversation about fresh juice at—you know. And at the end, they say, ‘Oh, you’re not that bad after all.’ And like, I think about it sometimes—like, it crosses my mind a little when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. Crosses my mind a little bit.

"And I think if I had to do it all again, what would I have done? Would I have worn a leather shirt? Would I have drank half a bottle of Hennessy and gave the rest of it to the audience? Y'all know y'all drank that bottle, too. If I had a daughter at that time, would I have went onstage and grabbed the mic from someone else’s?

"You know, this arena, tomorrow, it’s gonna be a completely different setup, some concert, something like that. This stage will be gone. After that night, the stage was gone, but the effect that it had on people remained. The… [long pause] the problem was, the contradiction. The contradiction is, I do fight for artists. But in that fight I somehow was disrespectful to artists. I didn’t know how to say the right thing, the perfect thing. I just—I sat at the Grammys and saw Justin Timberlake and Cee-Lo lose. Gnarls Barkley, and the FutureLove [sic] 'SexyBack’ album—and bro, Justin, I ain’t trying to put you on blast, but I saw that man and tears, bro. You know, and I was thinking like, he deserved to win Album of the Year. And this small box that we are, as the entertainers of the evening, how could you explain that? Sometimes I feel like, you know, all this shit they run about beefs and all that, sometimes I feel like I died for the artist’s opinion. For the artist to be able to have an opinion after they were successful.”

"I’m not no politician, bro. And look at that. You know how many times MTV ran that footage again, because it got them more ratings? You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award? Because it got them more ratings? [long pause]

"Listen to the kids, bro!

"I still don’t understand awards shows. I don’t understand how they get five people who work their entire life, one, sell records, sell concert tickets, to come, stand on a carpet, and for the first time in their life be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser. I don’t understand it, bro. I don’t understand when the biggest album or the biggest video—I don’t understand it, bro. I just wanted people to like me more. But fuck it, bro! 2015. I will die for the art, for what I believe in. And the art ain’t always gonna be polite.

“Y'all might be thinking right now, 'I wonder: Did he smoke something before he came out here?’ The answer is yes, I rolled up a little something. I knocked the edge off. [long pause] I don’t know what’s gonna happen tonight. I don’t know what’s gonna happen tomorrow, bro. But all I can say to my artists, my fellow artists: Just worry how you feel at the time, man. Just worry about how you feel and don’t never—know what I’m saying? I’m confident. I believe in myself. We are millennials, bro. This is a new—this is a new mentality. We’re not gonna control our kids with brands. We’re not gonna teach low self-esteem and hate to our kids. We’re gonna teach our kids that they can be something. We’re gonna teach our kids they can stand up for themselves. We’re gonna teach our kids to believe in themselves. If my grandfather were here right now, he would not let me back down. I don’t know what I’m gonna lose after this. It don’t matter, though, because it ain’t about me. It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas, people with ideas, people who believe in truth.

"And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

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The Successor Challenge: Miles To Go

by Luna Manar and SkribleSkrable


Higher res PNGs

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost


I was going to write something short and eloquent here, but I think I’m going to have to settle for short. Although I’m not much of a poetry buff, I have always loved Frost, and when thinking about the criteria for this challenge these particular lines stood out in my mind. It seemed to fit well with FFVIII’s running theme of appreciating meaningful moments, but not dwelling so much on the past that you fail to look to the future. The passage of time, a moment of rest and reflection, and progression into the hopeful unknown were very important bullet points. In order to grow, you have to move forward, and having a common destination helps people grow together, rather than apart. That’s what I was going for, anyway. I never know if I actually capture these things well.

If we did, I really have to give skribleskrable​ the lion’s share (har) of the credit, though, because she drew and redrew panels and moved things around and put up with my dialogue micro-editing and pacing picky-ness all month long, and her suggestions were invaluable to the writing. Whatever work I put into this, she put twice as much. It’s been amazing and I’m so grateful to have had the chance to work with her.

Well, so much for short! I hope you enjoyed this piece. We had a blast making it.

(And happy birthday, Squall!)

Seven Top Designers Share Their Best Business Advice

It’s no lie when I say the world of fashion is a difficult and scary place, especially when you’re looking to start out. Young designers, from Alexander Wang to Christopher Kane, share with BoF, the most important lesson that they learned form launching a fashion business.

It’s a rocky road, often fraught with danger. So Phillip Lim, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christopher Kane, Erdem Moralioglu, Alexander Wang, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos all share their top advice. 

Be true to yourself — Christopher Kane 

Use the power of creativity — Phillip Lim 

Find clarity — Alexander Wang 

Be patient — Erdem Moralıoğlu 

Find a partner in crime — Nicholas Kirkwood 

Define your signature — Peter Pilotto 

Don’t seek fame — Thakoon Panichgul 

Read what each designer has to say over at Business of Fashion.

Photos via Courtesy. 

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Statues

This has to be one of my favorite looks from Zoe Arku and I immediately fell in love with it the minute I saw it. I styled it with a crystal studded belt I got from a bridal store a year or so ago. Its perfect since it goes with everything. I hope you enjoy the images. Photography by the incredible Ksenia.

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Did you know that Esther’s name is actually Hadassah? Hadassah means, “compassion,” due to the -ah addition to the name. Isn’t that beautiful? This week’s devotional is dedicated to the beautiful and truly fearless Queen Hadassah, also known as Esther. We all know the story of Queen Esther. She protected her people from being persecuted by all of those who were not Jewish in the kingdom, and from the hands of Haman. Although she is not a modern woman, there is still some key attributes we can learn from her. She was, of course, a lady in waiting, queen, and force in the kingdom of King Xerxes.  Shall we begin?

  1. She trusted God above all else.
  2. She was humble, to the core.
  3. She understood her position and her purpose.
  4. She honored her guardian’s wishes. 
  5. Her inner beauty and outward beauty aligned with one another.
  6. She was powerful and wielded her power wisely.
  7. She was fearless in the face of adversity, and more specifically, death. 
  8. She put others before herself. 
  9. She was elegantly dressed but not boastful.
  10. She was honest.
  11. She was an extraordinary wife.
  12. She was patient in every circumstance.
  13. She was wise.
  14. She was confident.

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Premiere: The Obsessives graduate into emo stardom with “Camping” music video

Written by Joel Funk

The Obsessives are a band straight out of high school, but they’ve never let their age or the typical high school commitments keep them from making something of themselves. Their debut album, ‘Heck No, Nancy,’ was recorded on their spring break and they skipped out on Homecoming to tour. It only seems fitting that the music video for “Camping,” directed by Corrinne James, plays out like a graduation video. A montage of memories too recent to be nostalgic, but nevertheless evoking a strong emotional response. There’s something heart-wrenchingly beautiful about seeing memories of current youth being layered over the desperate and emotional lyric “Zooming out on Google Earth, I become even less significant” that is just bound to make your eyes well. You can watch the music video for “Camping” after the cut along with a list of upcoming tour dates that will see The Obsessives playing alongside Perspective, A Lovely Hand To Hold. 

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I woke up this morning with an interesting question: “What if I started living exactly how God wanted me to live? What would I gain? What would I lose?” We are often told in our various youth groups and churches that we should live how God wants us to live, but what are we really gaining from this transaction of subtracting ourselves and adding God? Below are some 25 side-effects of living the life God wants you to live; shall we begin?

  1. You do not have to worry anymore.
  2. You are confident in Christ.
  3. You are both wise and knowledgeable.
  4. Because you are working for God rather than self, you work hard.
  5. You are respectful, kind, and loving.
  6. You seldom judge, but you correct with love.
  7. You have few friends, but many admirers (e.g. Esther).
  8. Even when temptations come your way, you have no incentive to cave.
  9. You eat healthily and you exercise daily because your body is a temple.
  10. You are neat because cleanliness is next to godliness. 
  11. You are humble, and people are drawn to your character.
  12. You are patient and content with your season.
  13. You lose feelings of shame, fear, doubt, and sadness. 
  14. God’s plans for you never feel delayed, but rather right on time.
  15. The Bible becomes your second home. 
  16. You honor your parents willingly and frequently.
  17. You dress modestly, and in turn, elegantly. 
  18. You are fearless and can face any trial because God is on your side.
  19. Young people look to you, and older folks sing your good praises.
  20. If God wills it, you become a great spouse and parent.
  21. You serve others expecting nothing in return.
  22. You are wealthy because you are wise with your funds.
  23. Your speech is music to everyone’s ears.
  24. Because you are humble, you move higher.
  25. You are the Proverbs 31 woman.

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