News: Hip-Hop & Hollywood Celebs React To George Zimmerman's Murder Charge

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 10:37PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With Florida resident George Zimmerman officially charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, hip-hop artists ranging from Plies to MC Hammer have stepped up with their reactions.

Fellow Floridian rapper Plies displayed his support for the Martin family.

"Congratulations 2 TRAYVON MARTIN FAMILY 4 Finally Gettin JUSTICE! Tune n 2morrow @ 12noon(EST) I have a BIG GIFT 4 Trayvons family," he tweeted Wednesday (April 11). (Plies' Twitter)

Hip-hop pioneer Pete Rock acknowledged Wednesday evening's murder charge announcement.

"In the case of Trayvon Martin let's all pray that justice gets served," he tweeted. (Pete Rock's Twitter)

MC Hammer reminded his 2.6 million followers of the importance for continued support.

"The World must be put on notice that the value of the Lives of our children is as precious and worthy as that of any child on Earth #Trayvon," he tweeted.
"Al Sharpton Thank you for being consistent in your passionate work for the community. I have videos of you in 1974 as a teen Activist."
"The man is fighting for the Lives of Our Children, the mission not yet complete and is an Elder voice, you don't respect him, they won't." (MC Hammer's Twitter)

Music mogul Russell Simmons informally introduced his followers to Martin's mother.

"The spiritual awakening that's going to lead to ur change and eventual enlightenment can come at any second."
"we must have the courage and conviction to run to the world and embrace all of it's inspirations"
"follow Trayvon's mother on twitter -- @SybrinaFulton -- let's shower her with love." (Russell Simmons' Twitter)

Actress Reagan Gomez analyzed the difference between a first and second-degree murder charge.

"1st degree murder means pre-meditated. Meaning, he went out of his house saying "I'm going to go kill Trayvon." Not what happened.," she tweeted.
"So it's 2nd degree murder. #JusticeForTrayvon #TrayvonMartin" (Reagan Gomez's Twitter)

Hollywood star Taraji P. Henson decided to let others speak for her through a series of re-tweets.

"RT @AnikaNoniRose: Zimmerman is now, finally, in custody. Day 44. #TrayvonMartin #BoutTime"
"RT @MichaelSkolnik: #HoodiesUp #Tears"
"RT @veahismyname: I remember @TherealTaraji tweeted "1 day she'd wake up to breaking news! George Zimmerman arrested". Today is the day!" (Taraji P. Henson's Twitter)

Wednesday evening, Zimmerman was officially charged nearly two months after Martin's death.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Sanford, Fla., the special prosecutor in the case announced Wednesday. In a televised news conference, State Atty. Angela B. Corey outlined the charges in the case that has sparked national demonstrations calling for Zimmerman's arrest. "I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly," Corey told reporters. "We do not prosecute by public pressure." She said her office had filed information with the charge. Zimmerman, who has maintained he acted in self-defense, was in custody, Corey confirmed, though she gave no details. He had been in hiding since the shooting after his family said he had received death threats. (Los Angeles Times)

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