West Coast hip-hop artist Macklemore and sidekick Ryan Lewis made sure to do the right thing last night at the American Music Awards (AMAs) after accepting their “Rap Album of the Year” trophy by paying homage to the memory of slain teenager Trayvon Martin.
During his acceptance speech, Mack quoted iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
“Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” he said. “This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.” Florida became a focal point after Martin’s killer was freed under the state’s stand your ground law. It was the first win of the night for Macklemore and Lewis, whose album “The Heist” has been an unexpected hit and made them the AMA’s top nominees with six. (NBC Bay Area)
Recently a juror from the Trayvon Martin case said shooter George Zimmerman deserved to be behind bars following domestic violence accusations.
How’s this for irony … George Zimmerman belongs in prison … this, coming from one of the jurors in the Trayvon Martin case who kept him OUT of prison. Juror B29 — who identifies herself as Maddy — tells TMZ, she always had a bad feeling about Zimmerman, despite finding him not guilty of murdering Trayvon … a verdict she begrudgingly reached through a strict interpretation of the law. Now, she says Zimmerman’s domestic violence arrest is proof he’s not freedom-worthy … “God is showing George’s true side … [George] is continuing to dig himself a bigger grave.” The juror believes Zimmerman will continue to commit violent acts until someone lays down the law … telling us, “He NEEDS to do some type of time … He thinks he is invincible.” (TMZ)
Despite serious charges, Zimmerman was released on a $9,000 bond last week.
On Tuesday afternoon, a judge set a $9,000 bond for Zimmerman and directed that he have no contact with his alleged victim, not leave the state of Fla., and not possess any firearms or ammunition as he awaits an arraignment on domestic violence charges. Dressed in a gray jumpsuit, Zimmerman appeared in a Sanford, Fla. courtroom the day after being arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend during an altercation in her Apopka, Fla., home. He is charged with aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence and criminal mischief He must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until his arraignment on Jan. 7, 2014. (CBS News)
While in jail, George’s estranged wife had him served with divorce papers.
As if being accused of choking his girlfriend, shoving a gun in her face and threatening suicide weren’t enough, his wife Shellie served him with divorce papers in jail and his lawyer said he is $2.5 million in debt. During his two-day stint in jail, his estranged wife, who had her own domestic dispute with him back in September, was able to serve him with a divorce petition, NBC News added. (International Business Times)