Rapper, fhv presidential hopeful and Danny McBride fan Kanye West has been pretty open lately — just not with a book. Kanye West has admitted that he has never read a book – and Reading the rainbow host LeVar Burton is having none of it.
In a recent episode of the podcast Hi Mind Full podcast, Kanye West admitted, “I haven’t actually read a book…Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me and talking is like having Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli.” For what it’s worth, a quick Google search tells us that Giorgio Baldi goes for $25, which is apparently the price Kanye West is putting on the conversation. It’s also listed as Angolotti on the menu, which means he doesn’t read it either.
LeVar Burton, who hosted Reading the rainbow from 1983-2006 and 155 episodes (that’s like a lot of books), chimed in, took a little jab at Kanye West and tweeted in part, “Hmmm… I’m going [to] must take Mr. West at his word.”
This comes on the heels of Kanye West launching Donda Academy, a private school that reportedly has an enrollment of $15,000 a year and requires a non-disclosure agreement. The school is named after his mother.
LeVar Burton also expressed some encouragement based in part on this. “However, I hope he shares a different message with the children enrolled in the school he founded named after his mother, who was a [sic] professor of English. I’m pretty sure she’s read a book or two.”
LeVar Burton runs on Reading the rainbow earned him multiple Daytime Emmy nominations with three wins. He also won five NAACP Image Awards. He also famously starred in the classic miniseries Roots and on Star Trek: The Next Generationplays Geordi La Forge.
What do you think of the LeVar Burton/Kanye West exchange? If you could recommend one book to Kanye West, what would it be?