Nelly Blames Spelman College’s “Tip Drill” Protest For His Sister’s Death

Nelly Blames Spelman College’s “Tip Drill” Protest For His Sister’s Death

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In the past, Nelly has expressed his frustration with a group of protesters who boycotted his 2004 bone marrow drive at Spelman College due to his sexually explicit music video, “Tip Drill.” The planned drive was in support of his sister, Jacqueline Donahue, who later lost her battle to leukemia in 2005.

And while the multi-platinum rapper may have been mum on the college’s protest in recent years, today during an appearance on HuffPost Live he revealed the one thing he would’ve done differently in retrospect to the demonstration.

“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s azz…that’s just how it felt to me, Pimp,” he said to host Marc Lamont Hill. “I don’t have my sister. 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…”

I see said the blind man. And now…

This is…telling you what the story left out is that the bone marrow drive still went on as planned not just at Spelman but encompassing the community of the West End. It just continued without him. In addition to that each year there is a bone marrow drive at Spleman. The women that protested this music found out that he was coming to the school and wanted to have a discussion with him about what they viewed as his woman bashing music. He declined both to sit down to have this conversation and also to come to the campus. The women of Spelman continued with what they said they were going to do and had the bone marrow drive. What Nelly needs to realize is that if you want to come to Spelman it’s their terms. You don’t get to come to someone’s house and dictate the rules. It just doesn’t work that way. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a Morehouse Man.


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