Drake has decided to clear the air about his controversial blackface photo that Pusha T exposed when he dropped his ‘The Story Of Adidon’ diss track. Drake took to his Instagram Story to share a statement that highlighted that he was concentrating on acting at the time (2007) and the photo represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.
His statement read:
“I know everyone is enjoying the circus, but I want to clarify this 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 voices to bring awareness to the issues dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions. This was to highlight and raise out frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that struggle for black actors had not changed much.”
The statement came just hours after the founder of the clothing brand Too Black Guys, who Drake was wearing in the photo, denied rumors that the photo was from a Jim Crow-project that they did, which Drake also admitted to having nothing to do with either.