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Wale Apologizes to LGBT Community With Free Concert

Last week, D.C. rapper Wale invoked the wrath of some hometown supporters when he unexpectedly pulled out of a $20,000 performance, which was scheduled to take place in the nation’s capitol during the LGBT-sponsored Black Pride Legacy Festival on May 30. Fans and organizers accused the rapper of being homophobic for backing out at the last minute, but Wale claimed no knowledge of the performance to begin with.

Wale’s management reportedly canceled the show for a family emergency, but the confusion started when his agent released an email claiming the rapper was unaware that the event would celebrate homosexuality as well.

Wale took to Twitter to combat the heated accusations, and on Sunday (May 31), he took the stage at the Washington Convention Center, where he performed for free and addressed the situation. “One thing I stand for is hip-hop music. And hip-hop music knows no race, no color, no age, no gender, no sexual orientation — none of that,” he said. “So, the most important thing about it is the music, and if it makes the people feel happy, that’s what we hear.”

“I will say,” Wale continued, “sometimes in this business you get aligned with people that don’t understand that, or don’t necessarily have the same beliefs that you do,” he continued. “And I apologize for not having my best foot forward to understand the people I’m in business with. And I’m going to do better, as we all do.”

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