Talib Kweli Pens ‘She’s My Hero’ Dedicated to Domestic Violence Victim Bresha Meadows [LISTEN]
Talib Kweli said he felt compelled to write a song about Bresha Meadows, the Ohio teenager who shot and killed her father in 2016 after he was accused of abusing her mother and terrorizing the family.
In an open letter, the Black Star member said Bresha reminded him of one of his own daughters, which urged him to pen the song called "She's My Hero."
"The first thing that struck me about Bresha was how much she physically reminded me of my own daughter," wrote Kweli. "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.”
Since being charged with involuntary manslaughter, Bresha received a plea deal to enter a mental facility, which she'll be released from this coming January and shortly after the shooting, her mother Brandi Meadow praised her daughter's actions.
"She is my hero," Brandi told a local news outfit. "I wasn't strong enough to get out, and she helped us all."
Right now, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Bresha and her family pay for mental health treatment, which you can contribute to here if you like.
In regards to Kweli's "She's My Hero," the Brooklyn MC said he wrote the song to remind everyone that children should be protected.
"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 wrote. "Our children should never feel [like] they have to make these kinds of decisions."
You can listen to the new song below.
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