It was to symbolize the Black Actor’s struggle – Drake clarifies Story of Adidon Blackface Photo

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Canadian rapper, Drake has reacted to a picture showing him with his face painted black which was used by Pusha T to diss him in a song titled ”The story of Adidon”. Via a social media post, Drake explained the circumstances surrounding the photo. According to him, he painted his face black in protest to how black actors were treated in Hollywood, which is contrary to Pusha T’s claim that he was desperately trying to be black.

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He wrote:

”I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify the image in question. This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career.

This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.

Me and my best friend at the time Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions. 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.”

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