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Posted Jul 22nd, 2015 (11:00 am) by Arielle Gray
Talib Kweli responds to Stephen Smith's tweets
Talib Kweli responds to Stephen Smith's tweets

ESPN curator Stephen A. Smith landed himself in hot water yesterday with rappers Talib Kweli and Killer Mike by using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to tweet about how all lives matter.

Smith's aim was to show support for democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley. O'Malley was unceremoniously booed off stage when he claimed "All Lives Matter" in response to questions about police brutality against minorities during a conference in Maryland. Smith tweeted the following yesterday afternoon:


Smith received a lot of backlash on his Twitter for his comment. The most notable criticism came from Talib Kweli, who is well known for his heavy involvement with social justice issues via his music and social media.



Killer Mike, of the art project duo Run the Jewels, then joined in on the conversation.


Perhaps Killer Mike will be a guest on ESPN's First Take? In all seriousness, this tweet war between Smith and Kweli is indicative of a larger divide between ideologies when it comes to addressing racial inequality and police brutality. Of course "All Lives Matter" but, as Kweli stated in his tweet, all lives are not treated equally.

Talib Kweli also announced a "Ferguson is Everywhere" free concert via his instagram yesterday that will go down on August 9 in St. Louis, Missouri. Well known rappers Pharoahe Monch and Immortal Technique are part of the impressive lineup. This concert is the epitome of hip hop's original, and ongoing battle, to challenge the establishment. Its a welcome change in a sea of beef between rappers like Young Thug and Lil Wayne and Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson. Kweli is asking that people bring canned goods to donate along with monetary donations for the family of Mike Brown, who was killed in Ferguson last year by police.

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