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‘It’s Always Going to Be Challenged’: T.I. Shares His Thoughts on How He Believes Black Men In Power Are Treated

Amid the severe sexual allegations facing T.I. and his wife Tiny and with the production of their reality show, “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle,” being put on pause, the Atlanta couple has released several statements maintaining their innocence. 

Recently, when asked by The Shaderoom how he had managed his presence in the media, the “Live Your Life” rapper said he was focusing on his truth “and my purpose.”  

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 21: Rapper T.I. attends Harris Community Works Holiday Caravan at DTLR on December 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

The 40-year-old expressed that the opinions of others could never override his assessment of himself. “Your fantasy of me will never overrule my fact of myself. That facts that I know about me, about my life. That’s what I’m gon’ — I’ll never — the tail shall never wag the dog, ya dig.”

The discussion got a bit more interesting when the “Dead and Gone” rapper offered up his thoughts on how he felt society treated successful black men. “I think that, you know, one thing social media has shown us, and society at large, is one, that any time a Black man is in a position of power and he uses his platform to speak on behalf of the community and to help people who need the most help… that’s gon’ be objected to, challenged, ridiculed,” the actor explained. 

He added, “I mean, from Malcolm X to John Africa to anybody. To the chairman to Fred Hampton, it’s gon’ always be challenged as long as you tryin’ to be a voice for the voiceless. You just gotta believe enough in your purpose. Stand up and go on through it. But other people’s fantasies and fiction of me will never overrule the facts I know of myself.”

Many people in the comments section of where the clip was posted felt as though T.I. should have used the moment to address his current allegations, including one user who wrote, “He should be discussing the importance of marriage counseling with Tiny.” They added, “Trying to figure out why they have to have so many threesomes to the point where they’re destroying their Empire..”

“So we just gonna move on from the allegations?” another user questioned. 

As previously reported, T.I. and his wife were accused of sexual misconduct, including drugging and sexually exploiting women, all of which the pair has denied. At this moment, there are no pending charges against the two. 

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