NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 06: Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West are seen out and about in Manhattan on November 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)

NEW YORK CITY: Kanye West is encouraging America’s black community to vote against the democrats. Speaking politics at an impromptu event in the city on the weekend, the 42-year-old Jesus Is King rapper advised black voters to “own your power.” “Your power is not to just vote Democrat for the rest of our lives,” he said.  “That’s not the power.”

“The power is when I talk to my lawyer,” he continued, speaking in reference to how he wants to move Yeezy’s production to America. “I put on my trench coat and said, ‘We’re moving these factories to America, and that’s how it’s going to be’ — and it’s lovely. We moved the headquarters to Cody, Wyo…Our goal is to bring the manufacturing back to America — South America, North America — bring it back Stateside and to present jobs for people back here.”

West’s comments come in the wake of him speaking at an earlier event where he told the crowd he would be seeking the highest office in the land in a few years. “When I run for president in 2024, we’re going to definitely- yo whatchu all laughing at?” West reacted to the laughing crowd. “When I run for president in 2024, we would’ve created so many jobs that, in fact, I’m going to walk. What I’m saying is, when y’all read the headlines, ‘Kanye’s crazy,’ this and that, this and that, it’s like one in three African Americans are in jail and all of the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing! They’ve got no opinion! They’re so scared!”

West’s wife Kim Kardashian was an open supporter for democrat Hillary Clinton and voted for her in the last federal election. We wonder how both parties navigate dinner parties in Calabasas with friends when the subject turns to politics. With this in mind, GRAZIA’s resident Psychologist Gemma Cribb (equilibriumpsychology.com.au) has pulled together a few do’s and don’ts to note next time you’re sitting next to an arrogant right-winged relative (assuming you back our anti-Trump political positioning).

1.Remember that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions and views. Bullying them, criticising them (either to their face or behind their back) or ostracising them is unlikely to change these views or give you more insight into why they hold them.

2.Seek to gain a greater understanding before you seek to be understood. Ask them questions about their history, what motivates them to think the way they think and how they formed their beliefs. If you show genuine interest and try to empathise, you are in the best position to connect with them despite your differences. You are also in the best position to share your views and potentially influence them towards your way of thinking if they feel understood.

3.Remind yourself of what is really important for you in this relationship.  We don’t often need people to make exactly the same choices as us to still share a fulfilling relationship. Ask yourself what you want out of the relationship – you might come up with things like closeness, fun, a sense of belonging or family and it might be possible to still have these fundamental needs met despite having different political views.

thoughts?