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Jay-Z, Kanye, Nicki Minaj Silent About Trayvon Martin’s Murder … Why?

Wed., Mar. 28, 2012 6:00 AM EST
by Danielle Canada

Since the murder of Trayvon Martin, a number of celebrities have cried out for justice for the 17-year-old Florida teen. Surprisingly however, there are still a few who have yet to give their opinion.

While artists like Common, Mos Def and even Plies are doing their part to at least bluff like they care about Martin’s murder, six of the biggest acts in hip-hop have yet to utter a word.

Here are six people who could and should speak out about the murder of Trayvon Martin.

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  • Fkdaniellecanada

    Danielle Canada. Smh. If these people voiced their feelings about Trayvon Martin’s death, you probably would say ” at least [they] bluff[in] like they care about Martin’s murder.”

  • Kettleblack1

    This article amazes me on so many levels.  Are we acting as if celebs are the reason we should jump on any bandwagon?  What about the millions of people who go in silence until it becomes popular to support a cause?  What about the media outlets who don’t pick up stories until it can no longer be ignored, simply BECAUSE celebrities mention them?  We forget that celebs are people and if we want to demonize them for not speaking up, then we need to look in the mirror and see how often we have sat idly by while an injustice has been committed in our lives and that of others.  Treyvon Martin is not the first black teen male to be murdered in American.  It happens daily and often at the hands of other teen black males.  Where’s the DAILY public outcry about that?  Is Rolling Out willing to do the research and put up a running tally to remind us daily of how many of our young men are being murdered?  Better yet, keep a running tally of how many are incarcerated…just as Times Square reminds us of the Nation’s Debt.  Oh, but, I guess it’ s much easier to sit behind a desk and write an article that you hope will draw traffic to the site. What about a number to remember all of Treyvon’s Rolling Out?

    • USArmy

      Great comments!

    • UncleChuck2

       “…not the first black teen male to be murdered in American.  It happens
      daily and often at the hands of other teen black males.  Where’s the
      DAILY public outcry about that?”

      That was MY reaction to the Treyvon Martin indecent. Why is White on Black crime a major issue for us while Black on  Black crime (even killing innocent babies) is tolerated?

      • Really?

        So you’re basically sounding like a head klansman right now. Because black people kill other black people white people should be able to get away with it too?? How ignorant!

        • Kimberly Black Wilmoth

          It’s ridiculous for you to call someone a racist when they’re making totally valid points. The Trayvon Martin killing was self defense and had nothing to do with race. If you’re going to freak out about racially motivated crimes, do so about Emmett Till, Steve Harvey or James Byrd. The Zimmerman case had nothing to do with race.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ayesha-Shabazz/1389757133 Ayesha Shabazz

    ON THE LOW THIS CHILD WAS PROBABLY A SACRAFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYBE THATS WHY THEY NOT TOUCHING THIS SITUATION AT ALL

    • UncleChuck2

       A sacrifice to who/what?

  • Realtalk

    i like fk-canada & kettleblack comments, this artical was wrote as if the writer is critizing some rappers for saying something & also critizing the rappers who ain’t saying nothing, so like kettleblack said to write artical just to attrack readers is wrong, so you make yourself look bad, so my messege to you daniell write what what you feel and not what you think you should write, let the other writers protend to be anderson cooper or somebody like that cause we are sick of they point of view. so daniell be the writer you always wanted to be not what you think they want you to be, and you will go along ways, and remember that realtalk has spoken to you daniell God bless you and i look forward to seeing daniell become a big time news writer GOOD LUCK !   

  • http://www.facebook.com/ReneetheG Renee Gardner

    Artists like Common, Mos Def and even Plies have always spoke out for our community; and more specifically Common and Mos Def have always been great examples of young black artists that have contributed empowering music to our black youth.  To say that they “at least bluffed” about caring about Trayvon is quite out of line.  If no one said anything, that would be different. Half of the celebrities mentioned hardly speak out on anything heavy in the black community anyway… too busy being N*ggaz in Paris….

    • tim

      what did Jay Z say about shoting his brother when he was 12 cause he stole his bling?

  • Frustrated

    I agree with most the posts here. First off, why would I, as a celebrity want to speak out if all the media is going to do is say I’m taking advantage of this tragedy or faking my support? And why do we as a society need to have celebrities tell us what we should be supporting? There is so much black on black crime every single day, yet it doesn’t get reported. And this is because of reporters like you, Danielle Canada. Try reporting on something worth people’s time then what rappers haven’t commented on something.

  • Madamepresidential

    Nicki minaj is non – talented

    • Shaymosely

      Shutup noone asked for your opinion on her r.i.p trayvon

  • Allonzopaige

    Maybe they dont want to be quoted on anything why do they need to reply to it ? They dont HAVE to at all, there are SO many black on black crimes & noone says anything until someone not black kills a black person but r.i.p trayvon you WILL get justice. Btw i am AFRICAN AMERICAN & PROUD

  • Drei

    I’m actually surprised that Kanye hasn’t said anything cause he really does have an opinion about everything

  • tim

    jay z shot his brother when he was 12 cause he stole his jewelry. where he get the gun??

  • Mikki Mousse

    Trayvon was a thug.
    Trayvon started a fight.
    Zimmerman ended the fight.
    End of story.

  • JD

    George Zimmerman only did what eventually the Sanford Police Department or the Seminole County Sheriff’s department would of ended up doing down the road. How far does anyone think this little dumb punk would of gotten away with then, had it been someone with the local law enforcement. But
    just like they want pin on Zimmerman now, His Civil Rights being violated.
    You can bet now ,if a police car ever stop good ole Tracy or Sabrina now they no doubt would call for back up unit before they would approach these two,just the wouldn’t be accused of violating the rights or have Al Sharpton
    creating problems.

  • sherah

    OMG! CAN WE JUST STAND TOGETHER REGARDLESS?!!!!! IT’S AN APPOINTED TIME THAT GOD HAS US TO DO HIS WORK/WILL. AND AS USUAL, HE PUT HIS PEOPLE IN PLACE TO DO WHATEVER HE SET OUT FOR THEM TO DO. INCLUDING YOU!!!!!!! NOW SHUT UP AND STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BE THANKFUL FOR “THIS TIME” THERE WAS NO BETTER TIME THAN NOW!!!!!!!!! TRAYVON WAS ALSO A PLAYER IN GODS PLAN. DO YOUR PART! WE HAVE NO TIME TO ARGUE WITH EACH OTHER OR RIDICULE CELEBRITIES ABOUT WHEN THEY FINALLY SPOKE OUT REGARDING ANY SITUATION. THE TIME WAS SET FOR NOW!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.slater.9275 Jeff Slater

    Monday 7/22/2013 morning report on NBC- 6 people killed and 22 people injured by GUNFIRE in Chicago since Friday night (7/19/2013)! Does anyone want to guess what the racial makeup of the individuals involved are? Where is the outrage over this? Where is Jesse J. & Al Sharpton? This is an average weekend. Don’t these people as Jesse Jackson said of Trayvon have the “civil right” to live? Or is it that there isn’t enough media attention for the two “media whores” to get involved!

  • Blah

    The law is the law, is the law. Zimmerman had the right to defend himself.

  • Don Mackay

    Where was their “get involved”, ” make a difference”, “raise awareness” & “provide support” bravado when,THREE,YES (3)black punks beat a poor, young mother to death? for her hard earned tips, made while serving her customers at Joe’s Crab Shack. And I didn’t hear anything from the dynamic duo when the little white girl in Az. was brutally murdered by a couple of thugs of color for her shiny new bicycle? where was the outcry for justice? where were the marches? where were the protests? where was Jesse Jackson? The pathetic racist jerk off Sharpton? or our President with his invective, divisive, racist, rabble rousing gibberish? where was the media? what’s up JZ? word Buoyancy? little white girl gets skull crushed by black boys for bicycle don’t have a good enough grab for your star power? your all pathetic racist assholes! from the President down, capitalizing on a poor kids tragic and senseless death. Rest In Peace Traven Martin.

  • imho

    Umm…because Trayvon was a thug and not an innocent little boy like the prosecution wanted everyone to believe.

  • Dee Jamacek

    Why do people feel like we have to listen to these clowns anyway? a bunch of egomaniacs.