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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It's alwyz a big issue to freaking crackers when a black man die wit innocence ....Bck then y'all had da law on y'all side,but now we just kill u n y'all white kids n care less Abt u

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Also everone is racist, end of story.

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All white people in (America) are closet racist, one should hear what is talked about in their homes at dinner time,also their's a code word for (Africa American's) in this country. You people= is the code word for (blacks ) in this country.when you are walking down the street, and see a white person walking toward you,they will look at the ground to avoid eye contact. coward's Ernest from Chicago, yeah I said it. what?

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You know who should have been shot? His mother for not teaching her son how to not act like a thug! I bet if that mexican guy asked him what he was doing and he just told the truth! (IM WALKING HOME), i bet you he would have left him alone. But acting like like a thug and saying none of your business probably set the mexican guy off. And did anyone hear what happen before he was shot? HE WAS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF THE MEXICA GUY. Why else do you think he shot him!

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usually I would say 'oh thats ridiculous just blacks trying to start another race issue' but this time, to me, not the case. Thats just me though, i believe in justice for Trayvon. no one deserves to be killed, but he really didnt. To me it is almost like the boy who cried wolf in a sense that so many times the media has been filled with blacks making something a race issue that now something realy is a race issue but so many people got tired of hearing the same old story and now they just brush it off..though this one shouldnt be just brushed off.

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So when a black person kills a white CHILD I'm sure the whites will sing a song on tv and none of the black people have a problem with that right? You would have Sharpton screaming racism at the top of his lungs! The kids mom is capitalizing off of her son death by trademarking saying! Don't tell me about the poor grieving mother.

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Oh and I'm F-A-R from hispanic..LOL!

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Pathetic: What an apt handle! So tell us, how is it that you "know" that Trayvon Martin was far from being a saint? Plus, we can all see that Biased?, Pathetic, Race?, Yes they do-- are all the same person..now who's pathetic? However, before you start firing shit at me..note, first I'm not black, nor white, I'm not even American. Don't bother guessing you're too ignorant to get it right.

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I agree with you crazy. Zimmerman was in his car safe on the phone with a police dispatcher. Trayvon was in his neighborhood walking home from the store im pretty sure feeling safe until some asshole who takes no order from the police follows and guns this poor CHILD down. Yes people are killed everyday and it is sad but it is even sadder when you actually here his cries for help and the fatal gunshot and knowone does anything to bring his killer to justice. This was not self defense. IT WAS SELF WILL!

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@Mia- Our White kids are killed everyday- By Blacks- Home Invasion-Murder etc. you blacks have the Media on your side. They want even air it on TV! It's out there- everyday.