Trayvon Martin’s Memory Marches On & Obama’s Reaction to Zimmerman Verdict

So, around this time last week I and millions of others had their eyes glued to their TV sets, anxiously waiting for the verdict in the Zimmerman trial to be announced. Once the “not guilty” verdict escaped the judge’s lips it was like a big stone thrown into a pond that reverberated around the world. One week later, people in support of the Martin family marched for Trayvon’s memory and shouted for justice. This afternoon, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organized synchronized protests in 100 US cities.

Trayvon’s mom Sybrina Fulton decked out in a ” The Trayvon Martin Foundation” T-shirt, attended the rally in New York City that attracted hundreds of protesters. She stood alongside Al Sharpton and adamantly denounced critics painting her son as a menacing thug.

He was a child. Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s dad, sporting a T-shirt with Trayvon’s face and ‘I love you’ message at the bottom, attended a vigil in Miami and echoed Sybrina’s words.

I’d like the world to know that Trayvon was my son. He was a loved child. He did nothing wrong and we’re not going to let them persecute him the way that they have.

Beyonce and Jay Z stopped by the rally in New York to show their support.

Many celebs are doing more than standing shoulder to shoulder with the Martin family in this tragedy, but have vowed to withhold their entertaining talents in states that have Stand Your Ground Laws. So far on the list are music icon Stevie Wonder and gospel soul singers Mary Mary.  Stay tuned, I have a feeling more names will be added.

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In light of the anger and emotion behind the verdict, Obama addressed the issue at a surprise press briefing Friday, in which he said Trayvon could have been him 30 years ago. Check the full video below for his thoughts on race in this country.

 

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Happy Birthday, Malala & Beyonce’s Birthday Message

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Secretary General of UN Ban Ki Moon greets Malala

At 16, let’s see, I was probably begging my mom to throw me a sweet 16 party that would rival my frenemy and praying my high school crush would attend. Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai’s 16th birthday wish is to have young girls educated around the world. It’s a wish that wasn’t quietly whispered over a birthday cake, but echoed throughout the United Nations among national leaders.

It’s a wish that nearly cut Malala’s life short after being shot in the head by Taliban last fall. But she said it has only made her vow to help young women have access to classrooms around the globe even stronger.

See why this extraordinarily brave girl is an old soul in a young body.

It seems I’m not the only one that has a girl crush on Malala. Beyonce posted a birthday message for Malala on Instagram today.

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Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez & Mary J. Blige Chime for Change

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‘Tis the season for summer concerts and what better way to kick it off than one related  to a charity that empowers women, which was held in London earlier this week. The Chime for Change headliner was pretty much a no-brainer, considering Mrs. Carter is a co-founder (along with Salma Hayek Pinault and Gucci’s Frida Giannini) of the organization that raises funds for charities supporting “education, health and justice” projects for females in over 70 countries. King Bey set the stage on fire–but didn’t cause a blackout, this time–performing “Girls (Run the world)” and “Grown Women” songs.

Despite over $4 million raised for the charity and a first time ever duet from Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Lopez, what was most buzzed about on Twitter was how inappropriate Beyonce was as a role model because …of her hidden pregnancy…nope….lip syncing during a live performance…not it. Her wardrobe!?!

Okay, do I consider Beyonce a modern day Gloria Steinem? ummm, no. Can’t envision Mrs. Carter burning a bra, however sashaying around the stage with one, yes absolutely, in fact. But, how does that make her voice any more or less significant for addressing young girls global issues, considering millions of tweens, teens, 20 somethings and even the First Lady of the United States continue to “bow down” to the singer no matter what she’s got her perfectly toned body wrapped in.

I’m not so naive to describe Mrs. Carter as a feminist because that would be a major reach and while there have been whispers from her camp and others she may be traveling down that route as of late, I’ve yet to notice the breadcrumbs. But, I find it hard to believe that conquering the stage in a small leotard automatically disqualifies you as a role model for young women. It raises the question, why can’t a woman own her sexuality while still maintaining her intellect and focus?

I believe all women, just like men, do their jobs with a uniform on. It may not be as evident as a cop, firefighter or mailman but it’s appropriate for what they do. Adele, Janelle Monae rock a uniform that doesn’t include sexy skirts and cleavage, but they own it all the same. It’s their identity. Beyonce took the traditional route of sex appeal and putting that on doesn’t make her any more or less an inspiration for others, her uniform just happens to be a leotard.

P. Diddy & Russell Simmons Share Business Tips to Young Entrepreneurs

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With an unemployment rate hovering over 8 percent and a majority of the country’s workers only holding down part-time work to pay the bills, it’s no secret that you have to find creative ways to keep the checks coming in. So whether it’s a side hustle or plowing your own way down a rocky path towards independence vis-á-vis a new business, we realize somewhere down the road we need mentors. Imagine if they were business icons Russell Simmons, P. Diddy and Daymond  John from Shark Tank? Well…you are in luck because they may be able to pencil you in. The three entrepreneur extraordinaires have teamed up with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) to volunteer their time and guidance to young businessmen and women…for a price. You get to bid on the three in an online auction hosted by charitybuzz from April 9th to 30th.

If you’re heart was set on having a one-on-one sesh with Daymond Lewis. Hate to break it to you, but he’s been sold for $20,000. Not to shabby for a shark.

Winners of the auction will meet with the tycoon and their respected teams and pitch ideas, in addition to receiving feedback. The money raised in the auction will go towards developing programs for NFTE, a global nonprofit that inspires low-income kids to stay in school and work towards being business leaders.

*Slams Gavel* LET THE BIDDING COMMENCE!!! heheheh…I always wanted to say that, er, write it.

Check P. Diddy’s inspiring message to the future Warren Buffett’s and Bill Gates’

If you Bl;nkedKing Bey wants to put her hive to work. She has launched an online auction for tickets to her highly anticipated Mrs Carter Show world tour. Bidders have a chance to win VIP tickets to see the divalicious star and help the millions that are unemployed all at once. Money used to bid on the tickets will go to support job creation programs such as Goodwill. Here is what Baddie Bey had wrote on Facebook about this joint venture:

Goodwill helps people get back to work by providing education, job training and placement. I wanted to team up with an organization that puts people first and works everyday to help them improve and re-establish their lives. -Beyoncè

Concertgoers can bring clothing and electronics to the Mrs Carter Show and be entered in a raffle to receive a special gift from Bey.

Sources: Look to the Stars, Celebrity Buzz

Willow Smith Joins Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign; Beyonce Expresses Outrage about Gun Violence

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As often as its been said–kids can be so cruel–that more alarming and true the saying is. I think everyone has at least  one humiliating school memory they wish they can bury deep below the Earth’s surface. Imagine it constantly resurfacing like a dog digging up a bone. Nowadays kids have the harrowing dilemma of reliving those experiences over and over again through cruel text messages and threats on Twitter and Facebook. Cyberbullying isn’t a cute kids-will-be-kids type of behavior, it is unrelenting  hateful acts that occur through the Internet and over 25% of teens face those taunts everyday with damaging effects.

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Seventeen Magazine teamed up with Willow Smith and other teen celebs to start an Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign to show young adults they aren’t alone in the fight against cyber bullies.  The Delete Digital Drama Campaign is a partnership between Seventeen Magazine and Facebook to survey young girls about their experiences witnessing or being a victim of cyber threats online. The campaign also includes a [delete] tee designed by  L’Amour Nanette Lepore sold at JC Penney in which proceeds go to STOMP Out Bullying, a national anti-bullying organization.

Willow, 12, is no stranger to this issue after being cyber bullied last year when she shaved her head. The topic became a firestorm on Twitter, Facebook and blogs. Not only criticizing her decision to rock a baldie, but Jada Pinkett and Will Smith’s laid back parenting style of letting their daughter be in control of her own body.

Jada took to Facebook this week to rant about young celebrities being just as vulnerable, if not, more susceptible to cyber bullies as well as the media and paparazzi:

Are we bullying our young artists?

How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?

If you Bl;nked: Another heartbreaking gun violence story reached the news this week. A 6-month-old baby was shot to death in Chicago. King Bey took to Facebook to express her outrage.

Why kill a 6 month your old baby? i dont understand why another human would do such a thing smh im praying for the little angel GUN VIOLENCE NEEDS TO STOP! its going way to far.

Sources: Facebook, Seventeen