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Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alicia Keys Reportedly Join Stevie Wonder’s Boycott of Florida

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Reported By Britt L

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Right after the jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, legendary Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder decided to to boycott any state with the “Stand Your Ground” laws. Zimmerman did not stand by the “Stand Your Ground”  law during his trial, but the law played a part in the police’s decisions to not initially arrest Zimmerman after the slaying of Martin.

Stevie wonder issued a statement  about his boycott stating:

“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said at a concert in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.”

After Stevie’s decision to not perform in any state that abides by the controversial law, a number of A-list celebrities have joined in the crusade. The list includes Madonna, Usher, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Will I Am, the Rolling Stones, R. Kelly, Joe, Pattie Labelle, Rod Stewart, Eddie Levert, Keyshia Cole, Parliament, Wale, Frankie Beverly, Young Jeezy and Erykah Badu.

The states that carry the “Stand Your Ground” law  include;

-Alabama

-Arizona

-Georgia

-Idaho

-Indiana

-Kansas

-Kentucky

-Michigan

-Louisiana

-Nevada

-Oklahoma

-Oregon

-South Carolina

-Montana

-Mississippi

-South Dakota

-Tennessee

-Texas

-Utah

-Washington

-West Virginia

Saturday, rapper Jay Z and singer Beyonce attended the Trayvon Martin rally in New York City alongside Rev. Al Sharpton.

Friday night although, Jay Z made an even more emenced tribute to Trayvon with fellow artist Justin Timberlake at their “Legends of the Summer” concert at Yankee Stadium. They performed Jay Z’s hit song “Forever Young”. As the song swayed the audience, Jay exclaimed “Let’s light the sky for Trayvon Martin tonight in here,” to the crowd.

11 Comment

  1. Isnt keisha cole from atlanta GEORGIA?

  2. Nope, Oakland

  3. if she was all the more reason for her to boycott

  4. Mary Mary did as well

  5. boycott that is

  6. I want the stand your ground law abolished in Alabama and wherever it exist in the US – If we have to seek out justice in special ways, SO BE IT! I SALUTE all these artists courage to take a STAND and we as Mothers' and Fathers' have to speak out and let our voices be heard – "NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!"

  7. I am so happy to read this post. I only hope that other celeberties; especially with son(s) will stand up and boycott these states. This is half of A-M3-Ra-Ka that feels that they have the right to murder a creation of god. No murderous death is justified. All killings of humans and animals should face court and fines, as well as imprisonment. There can be no “Purging” of yourselves when it involves harming another human life. Where is the right-to life-righteousness that is suppose to be a part of the lifestyle of the human civil person? Where are you Obama? Killing is an unjust act that is unlawful. Any killing or unjust act should be punished in order to maintain a righteous order in a community of human beings.

  8. Thank you! I wish other celeberties (that I've met face to face-Snoop Dog, "Chicken George, and others) will also join in the boycott. Today is "no-spend" day and wear black day. Come on Novas, shine; represent humanity.

  9. I'm behind you all what ever you going to do right is right we need Justice!

  10. Get real. “stand your ground” laws are not going to be abolished. I am a 76-years-old black man who does not believe I should try to limp away from a hoodlum. Yes, I have mobility problems, and if I am attacked, I will fight with what ever weapon I happen to have on me at the time, be it my cane or a gun if I happen to have a carry permit for one. Presently, I don’t have one but if things keep getting worse, I’ll probably get one. Many other people feel the same way. it is one thing to grandstand when you have a body guard. It is quite another when you are alone in a parking lot.

  11. Now that's what we need: some cooperation. I heard dick Gregory say that we need to boycott Christmas. would get our people some serious respect

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