NO NO NO...I DIDN'T SAY THAT! Mathew Knowles FILES DEFAMATION Lawsuit OVER DISPARAGING Remarks About Beyonce + Lauryn Hill RANTS About RACISM
Mathew Knowles plans to take a British tabloid to court after it printed what he called a mispresentation of his relationship with Beyonce and Blue Ivy. Read his statement inside....
Music World owner Mathew Knowles is suiting up for a fight now that he's dropped a bombshell lawsuit on THE SUN, a UK tabloid for "knowingly and maliciously misrepresented [his] relationship with his daughter, Beyoncé, and with his granddaughter."
You'll recall that we told you about a salacious interview printed in The Sun that painted the relationship between Beyonce and Mathew as "tense" and even insinuated that he had not met his granddaughter Blue Ivy. Of course, we found out that Mathew had indeed met Blue Ivy once Bey's HBO documentary, Life Is But A Dream aired. And now, Mathew is suing for unspecified damages, defamation and breach of contract. In a statement to E! News he said,
"My daughters and my family mean the world to me," he said. "The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun's defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me. No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity. The Sun crossed the line when it went after my family. The Sun needs to be held responsible for its lies in a court of law. This happens too often to too many people, and it is simply unfair."
News Corp., the owner of The Sun, has not responded to the lawsuit. No surprise there...
And in strong political statements.....
Ms. Lauryn Hill has posted a long blog about reverse racism. And it's all stemming from her big IRS case she's been going through. Here's a portion of the essay....
MLH On Racism
The concept of reverse racism is flawed, if not absolutely ridiculous. Most, if not all of the negative responses from people of color toward white people, are reactions to the hatred, violence, cruelty and brutality that they were shown by white people for centuries. Much of the foundation of the modern world was built on the forced free labor of black peoples. The African Slave Trade, the institution of slavery, colonialism, its derivative systems, and the multiple holocausts throughout history, where whites used race as the defining reason to justify their oppression, conquest, and brutal treatment of non-white peoples, are how race became such a factor to begin with.
The initial claim by the oppressors, followed a moral imperative (so they said) that people outside of Occidental and European birth were in savage and cursed conditions, and that God justified the captivity of these people, and the rape and pillage of their lands.
Ironically, these oppressors would try to discard this same God, who supposedly justified this brutality, in the name of Darwin, whose famous line ‘survival of the fittest’ was used to justify criminal behavior once the Bible could no longer be used as a hiding place for economic domination and evil intention.
Spirituality and morality were replaced by capitalism, and with it a conscious shift of focus toward the exploitation of the vulnerable.
In order to justify reverse racism one would have to first create an even playing field, undo the generations of torture, terror, and brutality, and then judge whether or not a non-white person is in fact a racist. This approach would require people to examine the need/addiction to feel superior to someone else for no justifiable reason, and the myriad policies: Spiritual, political and social, that it bore. True dominion is self evident and not the result of sabotaging another in order to achieve it. That would be an illegitimate as well as a fleeting position. The Universe, will eventually seek to right/balance itself.
Oh Lauryn. Read the entire piece here.
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