Talib Kweli, Nelly Perform Trayvon Martin Tribute on ‘Leno’

Nelly and Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli and Nelly put on their hoodies and paid tribute to Trayvon Martin on Tuesday’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” The rappers performed “Before He Walked” off Talib’s new album Prisoner of Conscious with some help from Abby Dobson, who added her soulful stylings.

Nelly also shared some more behind-the-scenes footage from his “Get Like Me” video shoot with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell.

Check out both videos below.

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  1. jerilyn

    It is a known fact that those up to no good use hoodies to conceal their identity while committing crimes. Nelly should be old enough to NOT advise children to wear hoodies.

    He can find some other means to honor his death, other than wearing hoodies.

    He could advise kids to respect the law, be a gentleman and be a lady, be careful of the company you keep and not use violence to resolve all their issues.

    Trayvon will always be suspect of being a thug because he kept company with an illiterate, thug girl, he had drugs in his system, and got kicked out of school, he confronted zimmerman when he could have gone in the house and called the police himself.

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    Zor Reply:

    @jerilyn, Wow!!! So, blacks can’t wear hoodies, because of the stereotype that they might be thugs? You my friend, need help and education. I’m not even going to go into the third part of you little rant, but believe me others will.

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    jerilyn Reply:

    @Zor,I’m not advocating they be locked up for wearing hoodies, like old negro entertainers like oprah, bill cosby, politicians, etc., DID for years regarding sagging pants. But

    I am saying if you wear a hoodie to conceal your identity and wear a mask to conceal your identity you ARE IN JEOPARDY OF BEING A SUSPECT CRIMINALS. REAL TALK! NO BULLSH8T HERE!

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    Patricia Reply:

    @jerilyn, I can tell you aren’t very bright. I’m white and a college student who loves to wear hoodies. Haven’t committed a crime in my life. Take your racism and ignorance elsewhere.

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    jerilyn Reply:

    @Patricia, Do you wear the hoodie on your head to conceal your identity as you peruse through a neigborhood peering in windows and doors? If so, you just been lucky so far, because if I see anyone walking around aimlessly peering in windows in my neighborhood, I’m calling the cops.

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    Adrian Reply:

    @jerilyn, Explain to my how Rachel Jeantel is a thug, please. I’ll wait while you dig up propaganda and lies. Speaking of lies, here’s another one — the girl said she cannot read CURSIVE. Do you know how to differentiate that from the inaccuracy you just wrote? And if someone you didn’t know was following you in the dark, I’m quite sure you wouldn’t have tried to call the cops immediately. By the time they arrive to the scene, do you know how much damage could be done to you? You are a fool but I know so many people have told you that over the years.

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    jerilyn Reply:

    @Adrian, Fools take the law into their own hands and end up dead like Trayvon did, and you will when someone takes you down with a concealed weapon.

    When you talk like a thug, walk like a thug, lie by your own admission for no good reason, arent decent enough to attend a funeral but you can show up to get money on someone’s else’s misery, YOU ARE A THUG!

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    shaunta Reply:

    @jerilyn, you are eveil and wicked and soulless.

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  2. Peacefuldissent

    Based on the more than 40 calls over the last ten years placed to 911 by George Zimmerman (one that includes him seeing a “suspicious 7-9 year old black male” but Trayvon couldn’t have known this no more than George knew about Trayvon’s past so let’s stop discussing the marijuana, Trayvon’s friends etc); based on the 911 recording the night he killed Trayvon Martin where he was told NOT to follow Trayvon Martin but he chose to take the law in his own hands, it is reasonable to conclude that Trayvon Martin was being stalked by a suspicious person and therefore Trayvon, NOT George had a right to stand his ground. George Zimmerman was violating the law, not Trayvon Martin. For me to believe otherwise would be to say that if a robber walks into a store with a gun to rob the place the store clerk doesn’t have a right to defend themselves and if they do the robber now has the right to shoot the clerk. George Zimmerman admits to being wrong given that Trayvon was not out that night trying to steal or cause any harm; but George Zimmerman was out with a gun looking for “suspicious people.” What is suspicious about this tragedy is that we are accepting the account of George Zimmerman, but no one even made an attempt to listen for Trayvon’s story. There has been a movement (and now an acquittal) to take what Zimmerman has said as true. Have we thought that Zimmerman could be telling the story in the light most favorable to him? Have we considered his injuries are also consistent with being self inflicted? I could go on and on, but the bottom line is I wasn’t physically there and I don’t know much of what was going on in either Trayvon’s or George’s head. But we do know that Trayvon Martin isn’t here to tell his story because he died at the hands of George Zimmerman. We know that George Zimmerman was safe in his car, was told by the 911 operator not to follow Trayvon Martin but chose to defy that advice and follow Trayvon. We know that Trayvon Martin wasn’t seen as suspicious by the store clerk moments before he was gunned down, but rather made a lawful purchase of skittles and a drink and the clerk wasn’t pressed to call the police to report a “suspicious person.” (Quite frankly you would think that stores like these that are called “stop and robs” by some law enforcement officers would have personnel that are hypersensitive to someone looking suspicious). We know that Trayvon Martin was unarmed, he didn’t have burglar tools on him; no evidence whatsoever that he was going to hunt down a guy with a gun to start a fight of some sort so that he could be shot…This case may not be about race. Again I am not sure what Zimmerman was basing the label of “suspicious” on in his mind. However if it isn’t based on race, then WE ALL are suspicious to somebody and could all end up like Trayvon Martin.

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