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Kanye West Timeline

June 8, 1977
Kanye Omari West is born in Atlanta, Georgia to Jay West and Donda West, a former English professor at Chicago State University.
Oct. 23, 2002
West is involved in a car accident and fractures his jaw in three places. He now has a metal plate in his jaw.
Releases his first album, The College Dropout.
Feb. 13, 2005
At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, West walks away with the awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best R&B Song. He had received 10 Grammy nominations, more than anyone else that year.
July 2, 2005
Appears on the Philadelphia Live 8 concert. He uses the opportunity to express some political opinions, including a reference to "man-made diseases placed in African communities." This is a reference to the belief that AIDS was introduced to Africa by the U.S. government with the polio vaccine in the late 1950s.
Aug. 9, 2005
Stuff magazine names West "Style Icon of the Year." West tells the magazine: "Appearance is everything. You have to respect the clothes. When you walk into a room and you are well-dressed, those who respect fashion have to honour you in a whole new way ... Someone with no taste - automatically I am taking points off of their opinion about other things, about music. I'm like, 'You cannot figure out what shoes to put with your shirt! How am I going to listen to you about anything else?'"
Aug. 29, 2005
Appears on the cover of TIME magazine.
Aug. 30th, 2005
Releases his second album, Late Registration.
Sept. 2, 2005
At a benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims aired live on NBC, West and Mike Myers appear together. West ignores his prepared script and says: "I hate the way they portray us in the media. You see a black family, it says, 'They're looting.' You see a white family, it says, 'They're looking for food.' And, you know, it's been five days because most of the people are black. And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I've tried to turn away from the TV because it's too hard to watch. I've even been shopping before even giving a donation, so now I'm calling my business manager right now to see what is the biggest amount I can give, and just to imagine if I was down there, and those are my people down there. So anybody out there that wants to do anything that we can help - with the way America is set up to help the poor, the black people, the less well-off, as slow as possible. I mean, the Red Cross is doing everything they can. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way - and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us!" After this, Mike Myers takes his turn to speak and goes back to the script. When it is West's turn to speak again, he says the now famous line: "George Bush doesn't care about Black people." To many people's outrage, the comments are cut out of the west coast feed of the program and NBC is accused of censorship.

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