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Ben Horowitz says he did not compliment Black Women

Posted by Rahel Thorsten on June 3, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Ben Horowitz did not make comment complimenting Black Women.

Attention Friends,

Billionaire Ben Horowitz says (through his assistant Grace Ellis) that he did not make complimentary comments about Black women that were posted in a recent commentary by me. He seems to be very upset that the comments were attributed to him. I was under the impression that I had spoken directly to him at his company, so I am just as confused as he is. I definitely don't need Mr. Horowitz's 1 line compliment, nor do I wish to make him uncomfortable by having people think he complimented Black women as my original post suggested.

I wanted to publicly post here...the denial by his representative...and also I share my email response back to Mr. Horowitz and to her.  Please feel free to share this posting.

Email from Grace Ellis:

Hi, Kola -

I work with Ben Horowitz.

It's come to our attention that there is a quote that is erroneously attributed to Ben in your blog post:

Ben never made this kind of a statement so we'd hugely appreciate it if you could remove his association with it altogether.

We'd really appreciate it if you could fix this as soon as possible. Please confirm once the post has been updated on your site.

All the best,


Here is Kola Boof's email responding:

Attention Grace Ellis,


Please read this email very carefully.


This is NOT my blog that you've sent.


This is the blog of Christelyn Russell Karazin that you've linked me to.


(1) I asked her to remove the comment attributed to Mr. Horowitz. I was

under the impression that she had done so.


(2) I was lead to believe that I had spoken with the actual Mr. Horowitz directly and I posted his compliment to black women with that belief.


(3) I don't know if public attention is causing Mr. Horowitz to deny he gave a quote and he's recanting what he said....or.....if I was duped by someone in the Press department at his company. I am extremely confused at this point.


(4) But please be clear that I was contacted on Facebook by Ms. Karazin

weeks ago, I told her to remove your boss's comments...and I immediately

removed them from my Fan Site. I have no jurisdiction over Ms. Karazin's

site or anyone else's site who picked up the commentary.


(5) I am very sorry that Mr. Horowitz was wrongly quoted (or is claiming he

was). But there was no malicious intent on my part. I emotionally swooned

at the kindness of the person who claimed to be him & the beauty of such

a compliment. I thought nothing of it. And I'm shocked and dismayed at the

big deal being made over people thinking he gave black women a compliment. And I hope you share this email Mr. Horowitz, because no disrespect was intended, I am just as confused as he is and I have done all in my power to remove this comment.


I hope Mr. Horowitz all the best...and I also feel terrible for both him and us

black women.


Kola Boof

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1 Comment

Reply Lauren J
9:38 PM on September 13, 2013 
This is great!