Nope, no sign of new music but at least we know he’s alive. And apparently still has a way with words.
This month is LGBT Pride Month & Frank Ocean has published yet another heartfelt, rather lengthy Tumblr post addressing the recent Orlando shooting, life, death and religion.
“I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in.”
Ocean continued by referencing the recent Orlando tragedy that has been called the worst mass shooting in our nation’s modern history;
I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month. I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us.
Frank, who opened up about his sexuality in 2012 singer also went on recalling detailed personal moments of his childhood;
I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a fa**ot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.
“Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”
Frank Ocean released his Grammy Winning debut album, channel ORANGE in 2012 & is reportedly working on his long-awaited follow up. We were filled with excitement when we saw there was some sort of low key listening session in New York a few months back but yet, no album. If this letter is a reflection of anything he’s been writing for the album lately,
I’m going to crythen it should be pretty friggin awesome. Or at least, vulnerable. Come on Frank. Everyone’s waiting kid.