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Why Frank Ocean Matters

Today is the day that many music lovers have been anticipating all week; Frank Ocean supposedly is dropping his long awaited album Boys Don’t Cry. To get all the details on that check out Bleu’s post herebut while we wait, it is important to remember one of the many reasons why Frank is important to pop culture today.

 

Of course Frank had tons of fans and people watching his every move, but it wasn’t until his, now infamous, Tumblr post in 2012 that Frank really set the internet on fire! Yes, the post where he revealed that his debut album, Channel Orange, in parts, are about a boy

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Why Frank Ocean’s Letter Still Matters

In that moment, Frank had done what no other popular black male artist had done before, and that was come out of the closet… Sort of.  Last year, writer for The FADER, Alex Frank wrote about exactly what Frank’s declaration of love and freedom meant for him and the rest of the world. In article, Why Frank Ocean’s Letter Still Matters, Alex says,

“For me, Ocean’s post symbolizes the entire potential of the internet in a single moment: a self-published, identity-forging, community-building piece of content. He could not have set a better precedent for regular young kids sharing their lives online—gay, straight, bi, trans, questioning, whatever. “As a writer, as a creator, I’m giving you my experiences,” he (Ocean) told GQ in that same interview, sounding every bit the modern, blissful hippie. “You can’t feel a box. You can’t feel a label. Don’t get caught up in that shit. There’s so much something in life. Don’t get caught up in the nothing. That shit is nothing, you know? It’s nothing. Vanish the fear.” And vanish it has, in countless ways in which the world feels more open. There are about 90,000 notes on that original Tumblr post, which seems so small in retrospect. No amount of reblogs or likes could count how big it has always felt.”

To read the rest of the article click here, or head over to TheFADER.com.

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