Trayvon Martin‘s father, Tracy Martin, joined the National Action Network’s southeast regional chairman and Florida chapter at the Miami “100-city Justice for Trayvon” vigil. Martin was joined by a crowd of hundreds singing the protest song “We Shall Overcome.” He demanded that George Zimmerman, acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter exactly a week ago, should… Read more »
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Beyoncé encourages fans to #ActNow for Trayvon Shortly after President Obama spoke candidly on George Zimmerman’s acquittal, a superstar singer shared her thoughts on her website. Beyoncé, 31, is currently at a Trayvon Martin rally in New York City with her husband Jay-Z. The twosome will join Sybrina Fulton and Al Sharpton for the peaceful protest… Read more »
Beyoncé and Jay-Z attend Trayvon Martin rally with Sybrina Fulton, Al Sharpton Beyoncé, 31, is currently at a Trayvon Martin rally in New York City. By her side is her husband Jay-Z as well as her mother Tina Knowles. The Carters are currently alongside Sybrina Fulton and Al Sharpton for the peaceful protest that marks… Read more »
Today, President Barack Obama, surprisingly, addressed George Zimmerman’s acquittal during his daily press briefing in the White House briefing room. He praised Circuit Judge Debra Nelson for acting “in a professional manner” in presiding over the case of the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17, in Sanford, Fla. And, the “grace and dignity” of… Read more »
In honor of Trayvon Martin, Talib Kweli, Nelly, and Abbey Dodson teamed up to perform “Before He Walked” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” which is featured on Kweli’s Prisoner of Conscious album.
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player During one of their first interviews following the shocking Zimmerman Trial verdict, Trayvon Martin’s parents Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton sit down with “Good Morning America.” They reveal the pain and disgust that set in during and post trial. – ruthie hawkins
Ace Hood has been working hard for quite some time to break into the mainstream market, and amidts many trials and tribulations, his hard work is paying off. While promoting his new project, Trials and Tribulations and talking about his journey in the music industry with Hot 97, Ace Hood speaks on Trayvon… Read more »
Grand Hustle artist and G.O.O.D. Beats producer, Travis Scott, sits down on Hot 97’s “Real Late with Rosenberg” show to share is journey, his various musical influences and how he met T.I. and Kanye West. Scott also shares his contributions to Kanye’s Cruel Summer and Yeezus, and his opinions on the Travyon Martin/George… Read more »
ATLANTA — The George Zimmerman not guilty verdict on murder and manslaughter raised the cultural heat index to levels matching the scorching heatwave blanketing the nation in misery and unrest. Rallies, protests and even a few riots have sprouted in major cities from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San Francisco that have… Read more »
Trayvon Martin’s parents gave their first interview since the George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing their son. Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin sat down with “CBS This Morning” and discussed their thoughts on the verdict and how they would like the federal government to move forward with an investigation. Click continue to view Twitter reactions… Read more »
V-103 hosted a special Town Hall meeting at Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, in response to the ‘not guilty’ verdict of George Zimmerman’s trial. Guests were able to ask Darryl Parks questions, and also voice their concerns on where does the community go from here. Check out a few pictures from the event below. – necorey… Read more »
In wake of the ‘not guilty’ verdict of the Trayvon Martin murder trial, many churches across the U.S. hosted ‘Hoodie Sunday’ last Sunday to honor the tragic murder of Martin. From the state where the teen was murdered all the way to New York were seen wearing their best hoodies to church instead of their… Read more »
The family of Trayvon Martin gave their first public interview since George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of the 17-year-old college bound boy that touched off impassioned protests nationwide. Tracy Martin, Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s brother Jahvaris Fulton and family attorney Ben Crump appeared on the “Today” show… Read more »
In the moments following George Zimmerman’s verdict, several black athletes shared their thoughts. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat responded by saying, “Wow! Stunned!! Saddened as a father!! Someone make sense of this verdict for me right now please. How do I explain this to my boys?” Along with Dwyane Wade, there are other superstar… Read more »
Lester Chambers attacked for Trayvon Martin dedication After dedicating a song to the memory of Trayvon Martin, a soul singer was attacked by a crazed woman reportedly enraged about the case. Lester Chambers, 73, was performing at Hayward-Russell City Blues Festival in Hayward, California Saturday when he was attacked by Dinalynn Andrews Potter, 43. According to the… Read more »
On Sunday, July 14, the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP collaborated with celebrity Solange Knowles to host a rally on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for the United States Department of Justice to file Federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the wake of his acquittal in the criminal case. Dressed unassumingly… Read more »
During the protest there were several signs expressing the frustration felt by people from all walks of life. There were some that were funny, blunt and thought provoking. Click continue for the ones that stood out.
Trayvon Martin did not stand a chance. George Zimmerman always had the upper hand. Gun loaded, he aimed for any opportunity to target an African American or person of color whose experience and interaction with him would be the stereotypical plight prescribed by perpetrators. Trayvon Martin did not have the attention of all those who now are wearing hoodies to support him in his walk in life, let alone his walk at night. Trayvon Martin had the unfortunate circumstance of not seeing himself in fast-forward or having the supernatural ability to rewind his behavior displayed by the average teen, including posts placed on social media that depicted actions that could be questioned. Trayvon Martin couldn’t pick his friends to testify on behalf of his character. Trayvon Martin didn’t have a disguise to cloak his blackness. All the charades of equality in our society robbed him of the opportunity to pick a jury containing a juror who looked like his mother or had given birth to an African American male child. The value of Trayvon Martin’s life was entrusted to individuals who at no particular point have likely ever held, nurtured or watched a Trayvon Martin walk as a toddler and grow up as a teen whose life is constantly threatened. The jury that Trayvon needed was not in place, instead the ethics of the state, the movement of social justice and the laws enacted to protect Trayvon Martin had been infiltrated by individuals who prescribe and support laws like Stand Your Ground, where lethal force is enforced and tolerated even when the victim is unarmed. Bodily harm and physical threat in the mind of a fragile and frightened teen existed, but no one cares. Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were never going to be friends. In the end, a shot in his heart was a call out to the world that Trayvon Martin and Lil Wayne have something in common — the fact that both would be judged the same even in Trayvon Martin’s absence. The example that African American men have set — the antics and lyrics of hip-hop artists — have been consumed by these jurors. Unintelligence has been broadcast and etched in the minds of these six jurors and allowed by the black community. Networks like MTV, MTV2 and TBS have had a hand in creating a mind-set that life was not permanent for the Trayvon Martins and that George Zimmerman is, in fact, a victim based on this disillusionment. When the door closed, if there was one juror who even thought he should have been convicted, she was overruled by the majority, and unprincipled jurisprudence prevailed. The legal process failed Trayvon Martin. In the room with the doors closed, black life obviously meant less than the living white perpetrator. There are people who believe that Trayvon Martin was not a victim but a perpetrator. Who would perpetrate a crime with an Arizona drink and a package of Skittles? What does this say for the hip-hop generation? Maybe they’re far too comfortable with their own accomplishments taking for granted that the community or this country is no longer racist. I hope a standard is set for how much or how little communities appreciate or believe that we are equal or are fair to us. Trayvon Martin’s murder brings to question the value of African American life and the unconsciousness of two communities — insidious, mean-spirited racism that’s reinforced daily in our society. Let’s use our collective energy to reduce the dropout rate and crime against our own community and utilize social media productively — not to bully peers. Let’s come together and agree that we want more from a society that is finding each and every day a method and laws to reduce our freedom and economic accomplishments. Peace.