Wale to Perform at D.C. Black Pride, After All

Rapper says he wants to show he isn't homophobic

By Carissa DiMargo
|  Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM EDT
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Wale to Perform at D.C. Black Pride, After All

Anwaa Kong

Wale performs at the 9:30 Club, taking a break from touring with Jay-Z to support the DMV Helps Haiti benefit concert

D.C. rapper Wale has cancelled his cancellation by cancelling something else.

Wait, what?

Late last week, Wale abruptly cancelled a planned performance at the D.C. Black Pride festival, with two possible explanations: family obligations... and that he hadn't known Black Pride was a gay-related event when he agreed to appear, reported the Washington Blade.

But the situation has turned around: Wale has tweeted to announce that he will perform after all: "I'm cancelling what I was supposed to be doin..to go ...yeah ILL BE THERE!! I'm not scared nor do I have any hatred for ANYBODY."

Wale also said on Twitter that he "didn't even know bout it. I wasn't even posed to be in dc till july."

J Holiday had been booked to headline the event after Wale's apparent cancellation. He'll still be performing as well. The concert is Sunday, May 30 at the Washington Convention Center.

"People are forgiving," D.C. Black Pride board member Earl Fowlkes told Metro Weekly. "This whole situation can be looked at as a turning point for our black LGBT community. I can't imagine this happening ten years ago."

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