Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds. It’s been nearly ten years since protestors at Spelman College forced Nelly to abandon a blood drive he had planned at the school because of the sexually explicit and degrading imagery in his video for the song “Tip Drill.” He proved as much after making a recent appearance on HuffPost Live with host Marc Lamont Hill.
“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s ass…that’s just how it felt to me, Pimp,” the rapper said to Hill. “I don’t have my sister [who died in 2005 from leukemia]. And I doubt it if half of those girls are still campaigning for what they quote, unquote took advantage for that opportunity for.”
“You [protesters] robbed me of a opportunity. Unfairly, my brother. Because we could’ve still had your conversation after I got my opportunity, but it could’ve been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day, that was possibly a match for my sister. That didn’t come because of that…”
On Monday, the student activists who were involved in the original protest and former Spelman professor Jelani Cobb appeared on HuffPost Live to address Nelly’s comments. You can watch the conversation in the clip above of the women, most of whom were all active in the Spelman Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.