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Biloxi rapper's Confederate flag, noose ensemble drums up controversy, death threats

Biloxi rapper Gensis Be wrapped herself in a Confederate flag and a noose during a recent show in New York. She said she did in respsone to Gov. Phil Bryant.
Biloxi rapper Gensis Be wrapped herself in a Confederate flag and a noose during a recent show in New York. She said she did in respsone to Gov. Phil Bryant.

Biloxi rapper Genesis Be said she is tired of Gov. Phil Bryant's negative portrayal of black people in her home state.

To drive home her point, she draped herself in a Confederate flag and placed a noose around her neck during a performance of her song "Young Brown Fly" last week in New York.

A picture of the rapper in the flag was posted on her Facebook page, which received several hundred likes and shares.

But not everyone was happy with her performance art.

"I received some threatening phone calls from unknown numbers to my phone," she said.

Genesis said she did not report the death threats to the authorities.

"I halfway expected there to be some negative fallout and I just left it alone," she said.

The performance, she said, was to denounce Bryant's decision to declare April "Confederate History Month."

"It's a slap in the face to my ancestors," she said.

After the performance, she said, she threw the flag into the crowd where it was then ripped apart.

She said she almost wore the flag and noose during a recent South Mississippi performance.

"I was planning to do it when I performed on the Coast, but I didn't know if some the organizations involved with the event had political and financial ties to Bryant," she said.

Although the rapper currently calls New York home, she said Bryant's political agenda, including the recent signing of HB 1523, would not keep her from working in South Mississippi.

"I have an EP coming out later this summer and I will be doing a lot of promotional work in Mississippi," she said. "I'm not going to let this keep me from coming home."

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