Talib Kweli Dedicates New Song “She’s My Hero” to Domestic Abuse Victim Bresha Meadows
Talib Kweli has never been known to stay quiet when he feels passionate about an issue, a topic, or an event, and his most recent song proves that. The Seven rapper releases a new song called "She's My Hero," a tribute to Bresha Meadows.
If you recall, Meadows shot and killed her allegedly abusive father last summer, and she accepted a plea deal that will let her get out of a mental health facility in January 2018. The new song talks about what the teenager went through with her family over the years before being charged and pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter earlier this year. In an open letter regarding Meadows and the events, the Quality MC talks about her strength and feeling inclined to make a dedication to her.
"The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter," Kweli writes. "I had a similar experience when George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, who reminded me of my son. I instantly felt drawn to these children and I felt compelled to dive deeper into their lives. Leading up to shooting her father, Bresha’s grades were slipping in school, she had run away from home and had repeatedly told relatives and authorities that her father was beating up her mom and threatening to kill the whole family."
Kweli even continues to say that he hopes that the song can uplift his own children to use their voices as well.
"Regardless of how you feel about this particular case, whether you feel it’s a self defense issue, a domestic abuse issue, a mental health issue or all of the above, the take away for me is that we must do a better job of taking care of and protecting our children," he continues. "Our children should never feel they have to make these kinds of decisions. I see my own children in Bresha’s young face, and I want to uplift their voices as much as I possibly can."
There is also a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $150,000 to help pay for her mental health treatment.
Take a listen to "She's My Hero" in the stream below to hear Talib's tribute, and read his full letter here.
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