Talib Kweli is suing the feminist information web site Jezebel for “emotional misery” following a 2020 story titled “Talib Kweli’s Harassment Marketing campaign Reveals How Unprotected Black Girls Are On-line and Off.” The piece, written by Ashley Reese, described how the rapper had been suspended by Twitter for “repeated violations of Twitter guidelines,” which consisted of him repeatedly harassing a 24-year-old scholar and activist named Maya Moody. He’s searching for $300k in damages.
On the time, Kweli and Moody had been engaged in a dialogue about colorism in hip-hop. The rapper proceeded to tweet nonstop at Moody, generally for 12 hours straight in sooner or later. On the time, a number of Black ladies struck up a marketing campaign to report Kweli for focused harassment. Initially, the marketing campaign was unsuccessful, however two weeks later, Twitter Assist suspended Kweli.
As Jezebel factors out, the go well with was filed professional se, that means on his personal behalf. Kweli alleges that Jezebel used him as a “guinea pig to make clear how black males deal with black ladies.” He additionally alleges that Jezebel made him out to be “some monster that didn’t like black ladies, when 500k plus of his followers are black ladies, his ex-wife and baby’s mom are black ladies, and his workers are black ladies.”
He additionally cites “Brown Pores and skin Woman” from his 1998 album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star as counter proof: “The truth that plaintiff Talib Kweli wrote the tune ‘Brown Pores and skin Woman’ in an album that charted #53 on US Billboard 200 and #13 US Prime R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) in 1998, this tune was well-known worldwide.” (Earlier this 12 months, Kweli reunited with Madlib to launch Black Star’s sophomore album No Concern Of Time.)
He continues within the go well with:
My brown girl creates environments for completely happy brown infants, I do know it sounds loopy, however your pores and skin’s the inspiration for cocoa butter. You provoke a brother; we must always get to know each other I uncover once I deliver you thru my individuals say TRUE, all I can say is all reward due I thanks God for a magnificence such as you [Talib] This goes to the brown pores and skin women.
In response to the go well with, Jezebel has stated through a spokesperson:
Jezebel’s article pretty reported on the controversy which led to the everlasting suspension of Talib Kweli’s Twitter account. This go well with, filed two years after the story was revealed, has no benefit and the corporate might be searching for our attorneys charges pursuant to the protections afforded to the press to publish tales about issues of public curiosity like this one.
Kweli’s go well with is eerily paying homage to Hulk Hogan’s 2013 lawsuit through which the professional wrestler — with appreciable monetary backing from Peter Thiel — efficiently sued Jezebel’s onetime sister web site Gawker for posting a intercourse tape of Hogan’s. In 2016, Gawker Media in the end misplaced the trial and was compelled to file for chapter and put itself up on the market. Within the aftermath, six Gawker Media-owned web sites (together with Jezebel) had been offered to Univision. Jezebel is now owned by G/O Media. Gawker later relaunched in 2021 beneath Bustle Digital Group.