News: "Forget Bling. Forget 'Get Rich Or Die Trying'. That's An Evil Message"
Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 10:11PM
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has come forward to speak on tragic fatal shooting of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin last month in an open message aiming to erase racial tensions.
After making claims such as all humans having an African American link to one another and pointing out inspirational black leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., O'Connor sent a stern message to hip-hop heads.
"Forget bling. Forget "Get Rich Or Die Trying". That is an evil message. Evil my dears is only life backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual and therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the wonderful place it secretly is and can be.. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!! You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth." (No U Aint Radio)
She also said entertainers should unite to bring more awareness to the Martin tragedy.
"Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child's killer be arrested immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon bended knee. Frankly. I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme. Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know." (No U Aint Radio)
Hip-hop artists like Diddy and Nelly have also stepped forward to offer support.
"I didn't know wearing a hoodie made me a target," tweeted Diddy who posted a pictured himself in a dark hoodie. Nelly also sported a hoodie and added a link to the Change.org petition to have George Zimmerman prosecuted for shooting Martin. On his Tumblr page, a hooded Frank Ocean pointed two fingers to his head resembling a gun and wrote, "suspicious black." The-Dream, Jamie Foxx and Swizz Beatz also posted photos of themselves in hoodies to show their support for Trayvon Martin, adding the hashtag HoodiesUp (#HoodiesUp) so others can do the same on Twitter. (Pop Crush)
Sinead is known for actively speaking out on controversial topics.
O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a cover of the song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Since then, while maintaining her singing career, she has occasionally encountered controversy, partly due to her statements and gestures such as her ordination as a priest despite being female with a Roman Catholic background, and her expressed strong views on organized religion, women's rights, war, and child abuse. (Wikipedia)