Talib Kweli and Journalist Don Lemon Argue on CNN [VIDEO]
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Rapper Talib Kweli had a Kanye moment during an interview with CNN journalist Don Lemon on Thursday (Aug. 21). It all started when the Brooklyn rhymer accused the news network of falsely portraying the events that occurred in Ferguson, Mo., during a peaceful rally. When Lemon interrupted him during the live broadcast to defend CNN’s reporting, that’s when the interview went left and a heated argument followed.
The conversation grew a bit contentious when Kweli and Lemon started arguing about not greeting each other before the segment. “You didn’t say nothing to me. You were on your phone the whole time. You asked how to pronounce my name,” recalled Kweli.
Then the heated talk segued into Kweli accusing Lemon of cutting him off as he tried to explain how the police allegedly attacked him and the protestors. “Let me say my piece at first then we can have a conversation,” he said.
Lemon was unsuccessful in keeping Kweli’s temper down. Thankfully, the pair did shake hands afterwards and when Lemon asked, “Are we cool?” Talib responded, “Emotions are flaring high, but we good.”
Political website Mediate has the entire heated interview here.
On Twitter, reactions of the CNN interview were mixed. Some praised Kweli for his fiery statements while others felt that Lemon should not have invited the rapper to talk about Ferguson. Read some of the tweets below.
Watching @TalibKweli on CNN being interviewed by Don Lemon and man oh man! Talib is going in and rightfully so!
— Rowdy Rooksy (@RowdyRooksy) August 21, 2014
— Kortnee Ashley (@calibudkay) August 21, 2014
Hahaha Talib Kweli punking Dom Lemon during this live interview on @CNN!!!
— ♛ Ms. 愛興 ♛ (@MsLoveJoy) August 21, 2014
WHOA. Talib Kweli did everything but tell Don Lemon "DO YA GOOGLES, B."
— Toy Sldrs (@ToySldrs) August 21, 2014
Talib Kweli going off on this @CNN news dude right now.
— ClaireDon'tCare (@theclairebear23) August 21, 2014
Talib Kweli on CNN now slamming CNN coverage of #Ferguson. Shouting match between Don Lemon and Talib. wow.
— Toluse Olorunnipa (@ToluseO) August 21, 2014
— Jonathan Owens ن (@jonathanowens21) August 21, 2014
RT @GlennIsaiah: Talib Kweli doesn't know how to have a conversation obviously…
— Brian • 9463 (@iPulledDaTrigga) August 21, 2014
— CPM (@CarlinPierre) August 21, 2014
@donlemon respect for the way you handled the Talib Kweli interview.Glad to see debate btw two successful black men resolved with respect.
— ChuckkySM (@SgtCattyWampus) August 21, 2014
Why the hell is Talib Kweli arguing with Don Lemon on CNN! He's looking like a complete fool
— Baron Meeks (@iBmeeks) August 21, 2014
Talib Kwali looked like a thug on CNN than an "Activist" while feeling "Disrespected" by Don Lemon? C'mon man it's his job to ask questions!
— Hit_Men SB #99 (@MannySanchez24) August 21, 2014