Talib Kweli Expresses Disappointment In The Zulu Nation’s Handling Of Afrika Bambaataa Molestation Controversy


(AllHipHop News) The accusations of sexual assault against Afrika Bambaataa continue to mount. After several men came forward to allege the “Planet Rock” performer molested them as children, Bambaataa’s own former bodyguard, Shamsideen Shariyf Ali Bey, stated he believed the Universal Zulu Nation founder potentially molested many more boys.

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The Zulu Nation issued a statement about the controversy. The organization claimed the allegations were the result of a “U.S. government sponsored media attack.” The UZN specifically took aim at the New York Daily News and internet personality Troi “Star” Torain.

While many Hip Hop stars have chosen not to comment on the Bambaataa molestation accusations, Brooklyn emcee Talib Kweli took to Twitter to share his disappointment in the way the Zulu Nation addressed the situation.

“I have a great love for the contributions of the Zulu Nation to Hip Hop,” wrote Kweli. “But I’m disappointed in the way they are handling Bams accusations.”

Kweli also posted a link to a Tumblr post titled “Hip Hop Breaking the Silence: An Open Letter to Our Beloved Community.” Over four dozen individuals – including Rosa Clemente, DJ Kuttin Kandi, Julie-C & Jasiri X – signed the letter which calls on ending the cycle of abuse and dismantling rape culture.

In addition, the document asks supporters to sign a MoveOn petition that advocates working toward restorative justice and the healing of the Hip Hop community. The petition reads in part, “As a community we need to facilitate a process for those who are victims/survivors of abuse to help them heal and be made whole again.”

Afrika Bambaataa has repeatedly denied he sexually assaulted any children. The Hip Hop legend is reportedly considering filing a defamation lawsuit against Bronx politician/author Ronald Savage and other accusers.

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Supporters can sign the “Hip Hop Speaks Out On Violence” petition below.