Trayvon Martin PSAs: Chaka Khan, Other Celebrities, Ordinary People Pay Tribute to Slain Teen

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A pair of videos - one featuring celebrities, one starring ordinary people - have surfaced online as public service announcements and tributes to Trayvon Martin.

In the first, singer Chaka Khan enlists help from celebrity friends Kelly Price, Eric Benét, Eva Pigford, Kenny Latimore, Terry Crews, Angela Bassett, Kimberly Elise and Loretta Devine, creating this public service announcement for Trayvon Martin:

Donning a black hoodie, Chaka sings “A mama’s cryin’ ’cause another young man has gone and died. He’s not some statistic. He’s an awesome destiny denied.”

In a second video, filmmakers from Newark, N.J., assembled 30 African-American males to lend their voices to speak out on the Trayvon Martin case and the way they believe black males are being perceived in the media and society.

They, too, wear hooded sweatshirts as audio of a 911 dispatcher speaking to George Zimmerman, and Geraldo Rivera's comments, play in the background:

The tributes are moving, however, some have suggested that Martin becoming a national symbol and media obsession has indirectly led to bias against George Zimmerman, who claims self-defense and has not been charged with a crime.

Martin's death is a tragedy and the public is right to question why an unarmed teen was slain. Yet making Trayvon into a martyr or entertainment form oversimplifies a complex matter does little to honor his memory - or the accused's right to due process.

It's important to consider all sides of the issue. Do you agree?

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@Reed/texas, i know damn we'll that you are the same person. You need jesus and God!


@Reed/texas, i know damn we'll that you are the same person.


i was saying thank you - i didn't know what ( they) meant. I guess it means what that guy was saying earlier about the ( you people thing) I say you people all the time with even my friends. but I don't riot or blame all whites.


@Margaret Well, Jesus Christ! Don't keep us in suspense. If YOU know what 'they' means..then do tell us! You seem to have a definite opinion!


geezzz! so I guess we all are to blame. thank you for answering. I just knew with all these people on this topic- with their insight on how this kid was chased down and murdered -blow by blow- that some of them would have known what " THEY" meant. evidently not!


@Stefani and Margaret "They" is their way of hanging this all on the white community. "They" is the attempt to inflame a race war! . "They" will become the watch word here on out. "They" will be accused of everything. "They" will be the whipping boy for their racial rage. Not just Trayvon's family, but the entire black community will see it this way. Needless to say, it's time for "They" to stand up for themselves, protect themselves if necessary, stop apologizing for being white, and take their rightful place in our American society. No, we don't have to sit in the back of the bus either!


yes- I saw the show & Im wondering who (They) is.




Piers Morgan had the Martins on tonight. Mrs. Martin continues to say "THEY MURDERED MY SON" - who is THEY? Surely I'm not the only one noticing this!


I'm starting to think calling someone racist is pointless the process of calling someone racist, we make racist statements like most the comments on here. I'm white, and I stand for justice for Trayvon. So it isn't all whites feeling like this is a stupid thing to get mad over..