Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Talib Kweli Suing Gossip Blog


Last year Black Star rapper Talib Kweli was banned from Twitter after relentlessly cyber stalking a Black woman for weeks after she critiqued him, along with a bunch of other rappers, for exclusively marrying light-skin women. 

Now Talib is suing Jezebel for reporting on the incident...

From Jezebel
Rapper Talib Kweli is suing Jezebel for emotional distress that he claims we caused him with our 2020 story, “Talib Kweli’s Harassment Campaign Shows How Unprotected Black Women Are Online and Off.” The piece detailed the then-44-year-old rapper’s social media interactions with and about a then-24-year-old student and activist named Maya Moody—interactions that Twitter found warranted his permanent suspension from the platform. He filed his at-times bizarre and indecipherable suit on Thursday in New York Supreme Court against our parent company G/O Media and the piece’s author, Ashley Reese.
Had Kweli taken issue with the veracity of any of our commentary, he surely would have sued us for libel—but the statute of limitations for libel came and went last year. And so Kweli instead claims our story resulted in a “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” one so deep that he “went into a depression state of loss of appetite, sleeplessness, edgy, anxiety, and discomfort around certain women.” Much as we’d like to, we can’t link to or quote from the Jezebel story in question (per our lawyers), because doing so would risk restarting the statute of limitations clock and creating a multi-part arc that could easily fill out a Law & Order episode. Instead, here is what a Twitter spokesperson said about banning Kweli at the time:
Kweli is asking for $300,000 in damages, or half his salary, he says.
We are legally required to issue the following statement from a G/O Media spokesperson: “Jezebel’s article fairly reported on the controversy which led to the permanent suspension of Talib Kweli’s Twitter account. This suit, filed two years after the story was published, has no merit and the company will be seeking our attorneys fees pursuant to the protections afforded to the press to publish stories about matters of public interest like this one.”
Obviously, we stand by our story.


The Tweet that set everything off.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Remy Ma is not light skinned. That tweet sounds really stupid. I’m sorry but I don’t see how that caused him to have his twitter suspended. Had to be something else.

Anonymous said...

Jada and Beyonce barely count as light skinned.

Anonymous said...

I don't see what the problem is. This has been going on since Yt slave ownings starting raping black women and having mixed babies. It's a little too late for getting stressed out about this now. It's part of our culture.

Anonymous said...

Most of those Dudes Wives are NOT light skinned...
more like Light brown
WTF ...

And Paul Wall is white...
so he shouldn't be in the list...

this young'n is quite stupid.

Anonymous said...

If the tweet is so called stupid, why was that ninja big mad at it to the point of cyber stalking the poster? And, now two years later suing the blog? If there is no truth to the post, why is anyone upset?

Anon said...

9:37

That hell you seeing, Jada and Bey are definitely lite brites

anonymous said...

^^it's the fake super woke black twitter who love 'canceling' folks on that app. they do a lot of keyboard thuggin on that app and not enough IRL

Anonymous said...

Beyonce is bi-racial.

Anonymous said...

When I think of light skin the color tone is like Tina Knowles, Zandaya, Alisha Keys. The women mentioned are more middle of the road to brown skin. All of our Black Queens are beautiful in their own right.

Unknown said...

Tisha Campbell, Beyonce, Luda's Eudoxie, Tiny - that, to me, is "light skinned". Jada is more melanated than those women. But, I agree, the tweet was stupid and was clearly race baiting. However, Talib stalking and then suing the blog was even more stupid. No one barely heard of the tweet or the accompanying article. He basically created a mountain out of a molehill while diminishing his credibility. I get that times are hard for a "woke" rapper, but don't go pinching pennies from gossip blogs to generate income.

Anonymous said...

@10:41 is white.

R in NYC said...

He stalked that woman relentlessly so I have no fux to give for this colorist clown.

Anonymous said...

Dude is a whole clown, always has been. He's still trying to harrass this woman with this frivolous lawsuit. There's tangible evidence in the form of tweets from him harassing her. Didn't Twitter eventually ban him?

Anonymous said...

Beyonce is not biracial and most of those women on that list aren't even light skinned! Just because someone has yellow tones does not make them light. Plus, what's wrong with light skin? Just like dark skin, you can't decide what color skin you were born with. Some of you need to get over your insecurities and inferiority complexes. Black is beautiful and in all shades.

Danni P said...

I don't care what shade if black you are .... I just want the "You're cute .... For a DARK SKINNED girl" to stop! We come in all shades and black is beautiful, but that shit irks my nerves!

NyahbinghiObeahWomanWarrior said...

That lawsuit has no merit and will be tossed out. And how thin skinned is this rapper to be stalking, someone on social media for their opinion? really kneegrow sigh...

Anonymous said...

The comments she made were true and he is a weird person. This not what they say it’s what they show you.

Anonymous said...

9:23, 9:37, 9:52 Talib is that you bitch LOL

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