After a successful album release, rapper Kendrick Lamar announced the engagement to his long term girlfriend and high school sweetheart Whitney Alford. All should’ve been well and good with this news but one woman in particular was not pleased. Activist Rashida Marie Strober who is also manager of the “Dark Skin is Beautiful” campaign called for a boycott of Lamar’s music after learning of his engagement.
Strober called for the boycott based solely on the color of Alford’s skin, as if to say anything progressive Lamar has done up to this point was now deemed null and void. Welp. There’s one less Waterford crystal purchased off the wedding registry. But we don’t think Strober’s presence would be missed had she been invited to witness the nuptials of the happy couple.
The interesting thing is that Kendrick has been with Whitney since high school, long long before he was famous. MediaTakeout.com located this old pic of the couple. He’s now 27, so it’s been a decade.
And in a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, Kendrick discussed Whitney’s long term presence in his life.
Yeah, yeah [we definitely got engaged]. I’m loyal to the soil. At the end of the day, you wanna always have real people around you, period. Whether it’s male or female. And everybody that’s been around me, they’ve been around me since day one, and I can’t change that. I don’t change for nobody. I can’t run from that. I always show respect when respect’s been given, and people that’s been by your side, you’re suppose to honor that. And that’s how you stand up. Running around it and not acknowledging it is trivial.
What are your thoughts?