Across 100 cities today in America, there were #JusticeForTrayvon rallies and amongst the many artists and celebrities that were out amongst the people today to support were none other than Jay Z & Beyonce, pictured above with Trayvon Martin's family in New York City.
Beyonce took it one step further by releasing a petition on her website (where she also has more photos.) It reads:
WE ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE ISSUE OF INEQUALITY AND THE LACK OF VALUE FOR A BLACK MAN’S LIFE. TRAYVON MARTIN’S MOST BASIC CIVIL RIGHT, THE RIGHT TO LIVE, WAS VIOLATED.
WE HAVE MADE SO MUCH PROGRESS AND CANNOT ALLOW HATRED AND RACISM TO DIVIDE US. WHEN WE ALL JOIN TOGETHER, PEOPLE OF ALL RACES, WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
WE MUST FIGHT FOR TRAYVON THE SAME WAY THE GENERATION BEFORE US FOUGHT FOR EMMETT TILL.I JOINED OVER 570,000 PEOPLE IN SIGNING THE PETITION BELOW AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL, TOO.
That's awesome. And not to discount anyone's efforts and support today either, because it's truly amazing how everyone's uniting together, whether you're a Grammy winning artist or everyday person. We can all make a difference as one! #JusticeForTrayvon
#JusticeForTrayvon A painting from last nite's #NewVisions. Up all month at South Side Community Art Center
Talib Kweli has taken over the past couple of nights of Late Night. Up first: Jay Leno with Nelly and Abby Dobson for the Trayvon Martin tribute track "Before He Walked" (fast-forward to the 36 minute mark OR watch the whole thing and see what 'Chuck' is up to now!)
The following night (last night), Kweli showcased his versatility for those paying close attention: he performed his collab with Pretty Lights called "Around The Block". The juxtaposition between PL & Talib made this one an even more interesting live performance that translated well to the televisions. Watch this one below (along with another of Conan's guest last night, and possibly my favorite comedian right now, Ben Schwartz!)
Raheed DeVaughn and Styles P voice their opinion on the recent events following the verdict of the Zimmerman trial and addressing the issue of race in the consciousness of our American, Democratic nation.