Houston Police Shut Down Kanye West's Public Screening of 'New Slaves' Video

| by Michael Allen
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A public screening of Kanye West's new music video "New Slaves" was shut down by Houston, Texas police on Friday night (video below).

West was scheduled to screen the racially-charged video at the Rothko Chapel in Houston.

Police broke up the "upbeat" and "respectful" crowd that had gathered to see the video and threatened to arrest anyone who refused, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Some fans thought the police were part of the show, but had to leave the scene after threats of arrest. Houston police have not said why they broke up the screening.

West has now tried three times unsuccessfully to have a public screening in Houston. An earlier show at the Central Library was shut down due to technical problems and another at the Bush Memorial was cancelled.

Lyrics to West's new tune "New Slaves" make several racial references: "My momma was raised in an era when/Clean water was only served to the fairer skin/Doing clothes you would have thought I had help/But they wasn't satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself."

Public screenings for West's music video are being promoted on his website's map.

"New Slaves" is from his new album, "Yeezus," to be released on June 18.

Source: Houston Chronicle and KanyeWest.com