Cash Money Content’s Reverend Al Sharpton has provided some insight on what motivated hip-hop couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter to appear at yesterday’s Justice for Trayvon Martin rally in New York City.
According to the renowned civil rights activist, Young Hov told him they felt their roles as responsible parents made it vital for them to attend the rally.
The superstar couple attended a rally in Manhattan alongside a reported 2,000 protesters, including MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton. “Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn’t want to speak and they didn’t come for a photo op,” Sharpton said, according to reports. “Jay-Z told me, ‘I’m a father. Beyoncé is a mother.’ We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn’t protect anybody … We do not come from hate, we come from love of children.” (People)
The music duo joined the likes of Martin’s mother, Sharpton and hundreds of protestors on Saturday (July 20).
Platinum-selling power couple Jay Z and Beyoncé joined the crowd demanding “Justice for Trayvon Martin” at a Saturday rally where the pair greeted the slain teen’s mother. The celebrity backing on a blistering Manhattan day came after Sybrina Fulton proclaimed her son’s innocence and urged a federal civil rights prosecution of George Zimmerman. Fulton, choked up by the racially diverse crowd’s cheers and support, had trouble speaking before declaring that 17-year-old Trayvon did not deserve to die. “He was a child,” she said outside 1 Police Plaza. “Don’t take my word for it. He had a drink and candy.” (New York Daily News)
Jay and Bey also received chants not to perform in Florida a week after shooter George Zimmerman was acquitted for taking Martin’s life.
“I’m not here to do interviews, thank you,” the chart-topping hip-hop star said after he and wife, Beyonce, spent some time with Fulton in lower Manhattan. Some in the crowd of hundreds urged the couple to make a stronger statement, chanting “No concerts in Florida!” (New York Daily News)
Following last weekend’s Zimmerman verdict, a Facebook page urging people not to support select Florida-based companies launched.
“Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” killed Trayvon Martin’s opportunity for justice. Stand Your Ground must be repealed and corporations based in Florida that profit from our patronage must stand with us against Stand Your Ground or we will make them pay in their pockets. Economic embargos and boycotts have worked to debilitate America’s unjust laws like Jim Crow and alienate and starve countries like Cuba. A focused, targeted and public economic embargo of Florida-based corporations will force them to take a stand against Stand Your Ground in their own interests, The following post list the top Florida-based corporations who rely upon your patronage and support.” (Boycott Florida)