Frank Ocean Becomes “Free” on Independence Day.
As sparkers were glowing, BBQ was served and everyone celebrated the Independence Day; R&B singer and member of the hip-hop group Odd Future’s Frank Ocean freed his mind on his Tumblr about his first love being a man. In of world where people are still being bullied for their sexuality, Frank Ocean showed unique bravery in expressing his emotions and feelings on an open letter on his tumblr.
In the R&B and Hip-Hop industry, homosexuality is still somewhat shunned and low-key. It would have been easier for Frank Ocean to hide his feelings and put up a “front” like so many nameless entertainers in the industry. Instead, he stepped out the closet and possibly opened the door for many others to face their fears and be free. An inevitable question looms in the minds of skeptics on whether or not Frank Ocean’s revelations will affect his career only time will tell. The music will speak on whether or not his career will elevate to another level. As we have seen over time with many artists, their music and talent will speak for them. Nevertheless, one can only imagine how difficult it was for a young African American R&B/Hip-Hop artist from New Orleans to come out in an industry that is still chauvinist in 2012. In a cutthroat industry, where only the strongest survives; Frank Ocean has strong has the guts and heart to endure. Not to mention the melodically crooners skills to make hit records.
Frank Ocean “Thinking About You”.