March 27th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

R&B stars record tribute song for Trayvon Martin

R&B legend Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore and other celebrities are all rallying behind the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin.

To show their support for the fallen youth whose death has captivated the nation, more than a dozen singers, musicians, actors and TV personalities came together on Sunday to record a special tribute song in his honor.

The celebs hit the legendary Henson studios in Hollywood for eight hours to re-record Khan’s “Super Life” from her 2007 album “Funk This,” reads a statement on Khan's website.

Tinseltown stars including Angela Bassett, Terry Crews and Boris Kodjoe showed up wearing white T-shirts with the words “Super Life - Fear Kills, Love Heals” emblazoned across the front, a nod to the circumstances behind the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida.

The song contains the lyrics, "A mama's cryin' 'Cause another young man has gone and died / He's not some statistic / He's another awesome destiny denied.” Also,"We take it all so lightly / How did we get so 'climatized / On the 9 o'clock news nightly / Genocide of babies / I can't believe my eyes. ... Right or wrong / I'm gonna live a super life."

Grammy winner Khan unveiled a music video for the tribute on "Piers Morgan Tonight" Monday.

But the studio wasn’t the only place celebrities were letting their voices be heard.

They also took to the street and Twitter like thousands of others around the country, particularly in Florida, Los Angeles and New York.

Actress Tichina Arnold wrote from an L.A. march, "'Black Brown Asian White same struggle same fight!' Is what we r chanting at the rally 4 #Trayvonmartin."

R&B singer Janelle Monae tweeted that she was "moved" to see the outpouring of support in New York. "Seeing pics from the 'Million Hoodies' march in NYC for #TrayvonMartin touched. my. heart,” she said. “When we come together it's priceless."


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  20. JayJay

    this was inevitable. Wonder what they will do with the money they make off this. Personally I sick of this crap the kid was not that important.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  21. V. Martin

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  23. dacrookedletta

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  24. Joseph L. Bryant

    I hope that everyone buys the records "Super Life" and that possibly some of the money can be used to help the family in their legal defense or set up a foundation to help families who suffer from these hate crimes. This would be a nice way of honoring Treyvon Martin.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  25. I can't believe is not butter

    Why is it always about race? Nobody knows the facts yet...people aout there makeing accusations not knowing facts..if the kid attcked him than he got what he deserve, if the man shot him for no reason , than he needs to burn in jail.
    Its time we get smarter about listening to the stupid media hipe.
    I notice that every time theres a world or political issues going on,some tragic event happens and gets blown to covet up the real issues...and about the song..that is the stupidest thing ever! We dont know who was in the wrong yet!

    March 28, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  26. patricia serrano

    It doesnt matter wheather you are black white or polkadot Nobody deserves to be shot by police unless they are shooting. itseems to me we need to back each other up the Americans born in this country whos familys have paid taxes in this country for centries. i am tired of watching our social services jobs etc. given away too ungratefull greedy immigrants here to use our system to line their pockets. so we all need to get behind this American family enough is enough.

    March 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      He did not get shot by police you idiot..your another dumb person that dont know the facts much less the story of what happend....ps love your kids, whip your kids, show your kidss to respect people,,than we wouldnt have all this issues with kids now day commiting crimes...to all the time out parents,fffffffuuuuuuuu

      March 28, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  27. Adrian Forester

    I figure it was the boy's own fault–and I do mean "boy"–(I hear that's what you people like to be called!), for wearing a 'hoodie' and baggy pants, listening to that hip-hop garbage, playing basketball, eating fried chicken, doing drugs, surviving on welfare, and walking down the street in my White America...when what he should be doing is saving up his spare change–from begging in the street–for a one-way ticket on the slave ship back to Africa, where he belongs, so he can swing from the jungle trees, with the rest of his family of gorillas! Ha, ha, take that, fool! Your mother

    March 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  28. @derp

    derp twerp poop head!

    March 28, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. sherry

    This 60 year old white grandmother of 3 will be wearing a hoodie to support everyone's son, Trayvon. I am sick of hate crimes and say enough!

    March 28, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Laqwanda

      You are too old to be out protesting. Do your children not love you? If they did, you'd be in a nice safe nursing home with the other old people. If you do go to the march, please remember to bring extra depends adult diapers. Sometimes old people accidentally go number two.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Laqwanda

      Old people are funny. If you grab their walker and run, they just stand there. It is way funny. Of course you need to bring it right back to them though, or they might fall down.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. J.P.

    Brothers please,this is an election year please whether or not justice gets done or not here on earth,remember there is a God and Trevon and so many other little homies are with him now.No matter what the outcome of the trial,because there will be one,please,please don't make it another Rodney King.This is what the GOP and The Tea Party and many others want cool,cool heads prevail.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  31. Slapnutz

    Enough of Trayvon Martin. He's dead. We're sorry so move on. Allow all the facts to come out before we make any judgements.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. lonewolf

    It's bad when a child dies I feel for his parents. But his mother said it wasn't a race thing. Then Sharpton,Jackson and Obama open their mouths and its a race thing now. Now we have R&B groups making a song for him. I wonder if the shoe was on the other foot if it would be the same. Think about that. Race is a two way steet

    March 28, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • @lonewolf

      This has never been a race thing. It is an injustice thing. Obama sent his condolences to the family. Oh wow, how extremely horrible of him. One more thing, last night it was announced that the lead detective on the case wanted to arrest Zimmerman on a manslaughter charge. The DA said they didn't have enough evidence that a "crime" was committed. Shoddy police work is why everyone is in an uproar.

      March 28, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. Rusty Shackleford

    This is kind of ridiculous since all of the facts are not out yet. I think that it's a little soon to be doing a tribute album about a person that these musicians know entirely nothing about. Not picking sides but what if Zimmerman is proven to be the innocent one here and Trayvon instigated the scuffle that brought about his fate? What then? Are these musicians going to pull back their tribute album then or will they continue to support him because he shared the same race? And what of the mom in all of this Trade Marking her son's name? For what? Is she looking to be paid every time her son's name is mentioned? Will she be selling items with his image on them as well? I don't get it. FWIW, let us all here the whole sum of evidence first before passing judgement on either of the two involved. After all, God will make the final judgement when it is time.

    March 28, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • deputy dawg@Rusty Shackleford

      trevon, what ever the heck his name is, was expelled from school and smoking weed. how was he getting money for that? stealing most likely and that's what he was trying to do in that gated community.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Be

      Amen

      March 28, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "trevon, what ever the heck his name is, was expelled from school and smoking weed. how was he getting money for that? stealing most likely and that's what he was trying to do in that gated community."

      He wasn't expelled, he was suspended. And it was not for weed, it was for lateness. He was in the gated community visiting with relatives who live there.

      You sir, are a complete and total retard.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  34. peter

    I am glad to see even some spreading over the media about Trayvon Martin ,specially fox news people understand what happened .that's make happy .all we want is justice for Trayvon .

    March 28, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  35. ...think

    our father,
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    March 28, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  36. Name*jimmy

    A black boy got shot . Get over it and quit bring race into . All black people wanna use race ,get over it..Al sjarpton is a racist pig .

    March 28, 2012 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Rusty Shackleford

      Unfortunately, ours is a country that will never be able to let go of the race card. It is used every single day here. When a black person get fired, they pull the race card (not always but some do). When a black person gets a job, others pull the card to say he/she was hired only because. When a crime takes place, race is always mentioned. When poor housing is mentioned, race is right there as well. It's a problem that this country will never let go of especially in our 'politically correct' society. As for Sharpton and Jackson, both are huge to pull the race card which is why I can't take either seriously. Like I mentioned below, all of the evidence will come out and in the end, it will be He who will pass final judgement on this when it is time.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "A black boy got shot . Get over it and quit bring race into"

      You are probably to stupid to understand how colossally dumb that statement is.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jason E.

    Its really sad seeing most the hate coming from Whites. How can you be "above" us African-Americans, as you would all say, if you still think its heaps of fun to flood the comment section of a sensitive race related crime with pre-teen, outdated, unfunny, racist remarks?

    March 28, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Troll

      Its kind of fun. It's a cheap troll that usually gets a response. I doubt anyone really believes the stuff they are typing though. Anyone that actually dislikes someone because they look a little different is a sad sad person.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  38. Name*Iaminshock

    To all of the people that left racist remarks........shame on you. I have read these comments from white,black and Hispanic people. These hateful horrible things you say about people that don't belong to your race just shows how ignorant you are. What makes you think you are better than anyone. We are all human trying to live our lives the best we can. Please stop the hate. What good does it do? Please stop the hate. Hate is why this world is so messed up.

    March 28, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      I agree...the problem is alot of black think all whites are racists...not true...theres racist of all kinds..black people are racist too.allways talking about the white man.todays white,man is not the one that slaved your ancestors , but alot of people use racism as an excuse....here at work the most racists people are blacks..really we all need to look at ourselfs in the mirror and make a change..do it for the children they are the ones that suffer,and quit teaching your kids to be racist,let them decide...

      March 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  39. J W

    I would like to say thanks for the unity,and thank GOD for the chance to do this through music. This is our way of celebrating his life,and to all the young black men,and women we care. That shows that we love you,if the rest of the world we care,and love them. Thank the one who put this together. Thank you,Thank you Thank you!!!
    Thank You,CNN

    March 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  40. lsb

    You know if it wasn't for the hoodie gang I could walk in my bank and leave my hat on! If it wasn't for the hoodie gang I could walk with my hoodie on with out fear. If it wasn't for the hoodie gang travon would still be alive. The hoodie gang rob banks stores people. This is a national gang maybe the Black Panthers. Should place a bounty on them. then we could where our hoods without fear of being shot because we we have been profiled as a hoodie gang member!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bob

    One less crack smoking,
    fried chicken eating,
    knuckle dragging,
    basketball dribbling,
    property value lowering,
    ebonic speaking,
    old english drinking,
    menthol smoking,
    hubcap stealing,
    lip flapping j!ggaboo.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morris Chandler

      Wow Bob,the way you put it is astounding,to bad you sorry a55 can't rap.Another thing you never will be able to do is keeping your women away from us knuckle draggerrs.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • kellieM

      Bob...........................I see pre-k classes aren't working out for you yeah.................hhmmm....................

      March 28, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • andrea rutledge

      POS. THATS WHAT YOU ARE. PLEASE DO THE WORLD A FAVOR AND EXCUSE YOURSELF FROM EXISTING.

      March 28, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  42. lsb

    I pray for both sides! Like Tupac said! Only God can Judge Me! I do think if federal charges can be placed on a NFL coach or player for placing a Bounty on opposing teams players! That should stand for the Black Panthers!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  43. dorian

    first of all a young man has lost lis life....if the 911 dispatcher told him no to persue he should hav backd off.....but that is not what he did.....he chasd this young man nd shot him like it didnt matter....they bringing all this other stuff up......that has no barrin on what happened.....no one is sayn he is a angel but he didnt deserve to loose his life....do i blieve self defense no....he chased him......do i believe he was injured..no....if i pound ur head in the cement u r goin to have more than some stratches....u people r tryn to justify the killn......he should be arrested just like everybody else that has committed a crime of that nature.....

    March 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      You might want to learn to speak English.

      March 28, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • @ derp

      If you took the time to understand what he was saying it wouldn't matter if he wrote good English or not.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Krusty The Clown

    And were sending our love down the well. Krusty: ALL THE WAY DOWN!! Lol

    March 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Trudy

    Who cares? It's not our fight. Let the mexikins and jiggs kill each other. We will all be better off.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mamamia

    If its dark outside some creep following you, maybe blocking the path to your home, and the creep waving his gun to scare you, and maybe accusing you of robbery and would call a police. wouldn't you fight back? He's only 17 doesn't know any better, he's scared and must fight for his life.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Who's to say he wasn't out robbing and doing drug deals or even just finished a drive by? Them young blacks are pure d animals. No telling what he was really up to.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Slim

    I guess it's ok for me to shoot and kill someone if they beat me up. Smdh. Some of you people are ignorant as hell. It doesn't matter that Trayvon was black, or that Zimmerman was white or hispanic or whatever he is. The most important fact is that he SHOT AND KILLED a child and isn't suffering any consequences. If Trayvon attacked him, his big behind could have fought back. There was NO NEED for him to even pull out a gun in the 1st place. Pulling out a gun means you intend to kill therefore he needs to be charged with MURDER. If Trayvon had a gun, I'd probably be on Zimmerman's side. But he didn't. So I'm not.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Slim

    I guess it's ok for me to shoot and kill someone if I beat them up. Smdh. Some of you people are ignorant as hell. It doesn't matter that Trayvon was black, or that Zimmerman was white or hispanic or whatever he is. The most important fact is that he SHOT AND KILLED a child and isn't suffering any consequences. If Trayvon attacked him, his big behind could have fought back. There was NO NEED for him to even pull out a gun in the 1st place. Pulling out a gun means you intend to kill therefore he needs to be charged with MURDER. If Trayvon had a gun, I'd probably be on Zimmerman's side. But he didn't. So I'm not.

    March 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. james

    Who cares one less pothead on this world

    March 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mignon

    Whatever Trayvon did or didn't do that night he did not deserved to be killed. School suspension. George's father a retired court magistrate, that speaks volume. African-Americans and no doubt other races teach their children not top start fights but at least try to defend yourself which is what this young man obviously tried to do. at least Zimmerman is here to tell his lies!

    March 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Delene

    I pray that this event will bring about positive change. This all stemmed from an image that we have been fed by the media...a hoodie + a young black male = trouble. Think on it and be truthful at least to yourself. May peace be unto us all.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • marj

      i agree. Young blacks are just animals. They act like they just got out of prison and are disappointed they were released.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  52. LDdagreat

    I wish these so black leaders will protest about these brothas shooting each other in front of witnesses and no one coming forward.seems everyone want they're hood safe but they would neva report these killers to the cops because they don't want to be labeled snitches..seems like the best way to get publicity is to use the race card...another thing why is it white are the only race not hyphenated..everyone says african-american or mexican-american but white we don't say european-american we just say American. why is that,even the Indians we call them native-americans

    March 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  53. marg

    Had G. Zimmerman, obeyed the police dispatcher order not to follow Trayvon Martin, there would have never been an altercation which led to TRAYON'S DEATH. THEREFORE the plea of self defense should not be accepted or allowed which should eliminate the stand your ground law in this case. TRAYVON DID NOT VIOLATE THE LAW, ZIMMERMAN VIOLATED THE LAW. POLICE OFFICERS ARE TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE PUBLIC. THE SIDEWALK IS FOR PUBLIC USE AND ANY OWNERSHIP OF LAND FOR OCCUPPANCY THE GRASS COMES WITH ALOT OF RESTRICTIONS FROM THE CITY ENFORCED BY THE STATE.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • marj

      Well if little sambo had obeyed the neighborhood watch officer we wouldn't be talking about this either. But then what can you expect from a 17 year old jigg still in 10th grade?

      March 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Iaminshock

      Marj you are so full of hate. I wonder if you were in a car accident and a black doctor saved your life, would you still make comments like that. I will pray for those evil demons inside you will go back to hell where they belong

      March 28, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  54. seriously

    martin was a pup that should have been kept on the porch. Ive seen younger on the deck with more holes in them. They were called heroes and enemies respectively. Taking life is an horrific experience. One that z will never forget, of tnat i am sure. But martin obviously laid hands on him. Fight or flight. If i had the watch one of us would not make it home. Just sayin. I have a son in the marines now. This could have happenen to me too. Much condolences to the parents. But seriously now, shame on you. Time to see the world as it really is and should be. Survival of the fittest will be always. This persecution of z is almost laughable.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ronald

    For the attention that this is getting you got to know that this is GOD's work. Never before have millions of people of different back grounds come together on something like this before.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  56. EMMAMATHERS

    I've been reading comments on this page as well as other articles and this is what i gathered: NO ONE COMMENTING ON THIS STORY KNOWS THE FACTS. You got ppl on one side stating "Zimmerman is a killer; he deserves to be imprisoned/hanged". You got ppl on the other side saying "Trayvon was an innocent kid who didn't deserve this". And in between you got Zimmerman's and apparently Trayvon's quote unquote "track record" with the law. You ppl on Zimmerman's camp stating he isn't racist and he is heartbroken about the whole ordeal but it was self defense. You got everyone else in Trayvon's camp saying he didn't attack Zimmerman; he was a good kid and didn't deserve this. And everyone is saying the point is this and the real problem is that and African-Americans use the race card too much. This is what I say and it's simply an opinion: First and foremost I would love it if the world would stop grouping each race together as if we are not all alike. You have blacks, whites, asians, hispanics, latinos, indians, mexicans, etc. who commit crimes against there own as well as other races everyday. Yes it is true that you mostly here about black on black crime but that doesn't mean blacks are the only race that kills. You also have you ignorant blacks, whites, latinos, etc who lack common courtesy and sense. However, you also have your smart, intelligent, well-mannered, respectful blacks, whites, etc. The point is WE ARE ALL THE SAME LIKE IT OR NOT. For crying out loud just read the comments on this case; you got TWO DIVERSE GROUPS OF PPL saying the same thing: GROUP ONE: ARREST ZIMMERMAN MAKE HIM PAY – this is coming from all races and ages. GROUP TWO: Zimmerman was defending himself and should be praised for his bravery – again this is coming from all races BLACKS, WHITES, ETC. Should it matter that Trayvon has a history of criminal activity? I have to say no in this case b/c Zimmerman didn't know that-all he saw was a dude walking in his neighborhood. Should it matter that Zimmerman possibly has criminal history? Again no b/c no one knew that until that info was leaked. All we know is that a guy saw a kid walking in his neighborhood; felt like his neighbors were in danger; POSSIBLY APPROACHED THE KID; and ended up killing him. What we should focus on are the facts; 1st fact: a kid got shot – was it racial we have yet to REALLY determine that. 2nd fact: the man who admits to shooting him has yet to be arrested and at least out on bail. This is where i believe the true outrage is; because in any other state or country – if you shoot a person and admit to it; you are then arrested and a bail is set period. None of which has yet to occur. So the question that I think should and can be answered right now is why hasn't Zimmerman been arrested? There is evidence that he shot and killed him; his gun and his own confession. Now THE REAL REASON of why he did so remains unknown; however, no matter what the reason is; he still committed an act of violence. So, he should have been arrested and held for questioning. The other outrage is the police department's handling on this case; just pathetic if you ask me. Just like any job; law enforcement or not there is a protocol to follow and they have yet to follow it. The bottom line is that we are NEVER going to know what really happened but WE ALL went justice to be served and so we just have to wait, watch and see. As for the tribute song well I have mixed feelings about it: I don't care for the fact that every time someone is killed and for whatever reason it attracts media attention that a song must be written about it. I mean why must these artists wait for something like this to happen; come out of the woods; and do a remake on a song to bring national attention to the cause? I feel like this was partially a publicity stunt to get there names back in the spotlight, but I also feel that some of these artists just want to do something good. I don't agree that this should be a song solely for Trayvon but instead for parents who lost their child/children to violence and how it needs to end. This is simply my opinion.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demarcus

      You sound like some tarred imbecile uncle Tom to me. Justa tom nagger wantin a handout from the white man. Shame on you my brutha my man. Stand up and work for a livin and quit begging like the utha afrikaans.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Becky

    Everyone should try to be as nice as our pets believe us to be. Remember how happy your dog or cat is to see you when you get home. They think you are the kindest best person in the world. Please try to really be this person. : ). btw I miss Happy Cow. : )

    March 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  58. lonewolf

    Hey CNN you ever hear of the 1st amendment

    March 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Just Sayin

    A real trajedy. The only saving grace is Zimmerman is NOT white (he is Hispanic)....so let the fights begin. Nobody can say a white man killed a young black boy.

    Where are the hispanics on this one?

    March 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Big Mike

    Only if Michael Jackson was still alive he'll have a song for Trayvon that will make people realize.... That man was wrong no matter what Trayvon did. And nobody are perfect angels.... Everybody sins and makes mistakes.... Jesus sinned he was a human like the rest of us.... The man should be in jail for his actions....

    March 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Raq, a parent

    Bottom line: Had Zimmerman stayed in the car that night no one would be debating or voicing their opinion about the death of Martin.

    March 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Becky

    I like the kitties. They are nicer than people :)

    March 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Debbie

    So many different 'reports', so little actual 'evidence'. We could debate this in the court of public opinion, but what good is that going to do? One report from a 'witness' said Trayvon grabbed for Zimmerman's gun, another said that while Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman and 'pounding' Zimmerman's head on the ground, that Zimmerman was able to draw his weapon (so, that would make it a concealed weapon, right?) – that action is highly unlikely, if you think about it: the man is on his back with the teenager straddling his upper body pounding Zimmerman's head on the ground- yet Zimmerman had the supposed where-with-all to "draw" his gun. No way! Zimmerman's 9mm was already drawn. Zimmerman was the aggressor. The truth will come out-maybe not for 1 year, 10 years, or even 20 years- but it will come out.

    March 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Name*Derron Maxwell

    Love that fact that everyone is standing up and raising awareness!! RIP Trayvon!!

    March 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  65. رهملالتيل يدلب

    If Trayvon were muslim you'll all be dancing around saying he was terrorist.

    March 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      We'd probably be right about the terrorist thing.

      March 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • malcom.

      I get it that the right has piled on American Muslims and demonized them but this is not about that and no everyone would not be pleased if it were a Muslim murdered in cold blood. If you have a comment to raise awareness about attrocities happening to law abiding Muslims, find the correct forum. Don't detract from the conversation about the murder of an innocent child at the hands of a racist vigilante

      March 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  66. tae

    It dosent matter what he did and didntdo right or wrong nobody deserves to be shot and killed he was young an dhad his whole lif ein front of him n it was taken away you all are talking about his past and the things he did but how would you feel if this was your loved one you would want justice 2 dont hold his past or what he was doing against him somebody else decideing if he lives or not is not right it dosent matter what color he is he is still a human being and this is coming from an african american justice is justice and treavons parents deserve justice for their son who was tooken away from them way too soon we all have a past or a wrong that we do we all are not saints soo why bring it up.......rest peacefully treavon!

    March 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Jimmy

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    March 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Emillyisme

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    March 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Emillyisme

    Plus we like Derp. They are our friend. Please be nice to them.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  70. @@ derp

    there goes your argument, derp made a point and you had 0 in response.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • @@@derp

      I responded. I agree with Derp. Do you people watch any real news? None of this has even been proven. This was a leaked report of what Zimmerman claims happened. What, you don't think he would lie to cover his butt? Here's the whole point, he was told by the police to back off. He did not follow their instructions. I didn't know it was against the law to walk down a public sidewalk. Zimmerman was looking for trouble plain & simple. Had he done what the police told him, the boy would still be alive.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Emillyisme

    I feel especially bad for his mom and parents. Whatever he did or did not do, he should not have been killed. That is forever, his whole life gone. Poor guy.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      So the question is did anyone learn from this tragedy? Apparently not, since half of America seems to be willing to lynch Mr. Zimmerman without knowing the facts.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  72. O RLY?

    For once I agree with derp.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  73. LoJenk

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Ol-OTLl1s&w=640&h=390]

    March 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  74. NWA

    You evil white dogs no nothing about this so shut your d@mned no-it-all mouths.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loren

      And NWA, do you know anything at all about this? I suggest that you might want to reconsider speaking on this topic as well.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • HEHE

      no-it-alls or know-it-alls

      April 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jeff

    Say the neighborhood watch guy did follow Trayvon and yell at him. If someone tells at you, that does not give you the right to attack them, breaking their nose, then pound their head into the pavement. I have had people follow and yell at me before and I certainly did not react with violence, as Trayvon reportedly did. His reaction to being followed and yelled at just emphasize the violent nature of black youth.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      There has not been one single witness to come forward as of yet that has professed to see how this situation escalated. Not one. For all we know, Zimmerman threw the first punch. We have eye witnesses saying that the boy was kicking his a$$, but nobody has seen how it started, or what Zimmerman might have done to get a kid with absolutely no history of violence to engage in a violent conflict. In fact, of the two, only one of them has any violent actions in their history, Zimmerman.

      What we do know, without a shadow of a doubt is that an armed Zimmerman, agaisnt hsi own watch regulations, and against police advice, took his gun and pursued Martin, first by car, and then on foot. We know that as a result of those actions, a confrontation occurred and a boy was killed by Zimmerman.

      Is some strange guy was following you in his car, and then got out and started folloing you on foot, and the accosted you, would you feel threatened? Maybe the boy was just "standing HIS ground". We will likely never know who felt more threatened. But we do know which of the two it was that took a gun, and followed by car and then on foot the other guy. We know with absolute certainty who initiated the confrontation. Martin was not following Zimmerman.

      The kid did not initiate this confrontation, Zimmerman did. The kid was just walking home from a convenience store eating some skittles. And just like the bank robber who did not intend for anyone to get hurt, Zimmerman is to be held accountable for the results of his actions.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Congratulations! You are a racist!

      March 28, 2012 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Patty

      i agree. That Derp is always posting racist stuff.

      March 28, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "i agree. That Derp is always posting racist stuff."

      Maybe you missed all of the posts above where I was defending the young black kid and suggesting that Zimmerman is guilty of manslaughter.

      Moron.

      March 28, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • House

      Well technically Trayvon Martin stood his ground if you look at the evidence.

      April 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  76. @derp

    Oh yeah. Derp der derrrrrr.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  77. @derp

    Under the law, yelling at someone is not attacking them. When Trayvon attacked the guy, then began pounding his head into the concrete, he did have a right to defend himself. You are young and basing your judgement on your emotions – not the law.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      The armed moron got out of his car and pursued an unarmed kid. He had no legal standing to pursue the boy. He was told that he did not need to do that by the police dispatcher.

      He got out of his car and initiated an altercation that led to a 17 year old getting shot. Notice, I did not say he should face murder charges. But this clown has to be held accountable for his actions to whatever extent the law applies. If I jump out of my car with gun and initiated a confrontation that leads to a killing, I would expect to be held accountable.

      He did not "stand his ground". He pursued the boy, and initiated the confrontation. He was the neighborhood watch captain. His ignored his own watch regulations and the advice of the police dispatcher. He initiated the confrontation.

      If he stays in his car and waits for the police like he is supposed to, we are not even having this conversation.

      I don't think this kid was an angel by any stretch, but this guy overstepped his authority, and a kid is dead because of it. That much is not in dispute.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • @derp

      I agree with you 100%. These reports about Zimmerman being attacked are all unsubstantiated. I heard his lawyer claim that on tv. Where's all the evidence of his attack? You know they will do whatever it takes to take the blame off their clients. Also, this lawyer was supposed to be on the Lawrence O'Donnell show last night, and he ran away from the interview. So much for believing in your client. Also, a "white women" who called in the 911 call, said she could hear somebody screaming for help. The voice sounded young. She said the screams stopped when she heard the gunshot. Now, if Zimmerman was doing the screaming if he was hurt or in danger, would he stop as soon as he killed that boy? I seriously doubt it. If the man would have done what the police told him to do, nothing would have happened.

      March 27, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  78. @derp

    Your name is derp for a reason. Derp der derrrr. Are you still wearing the bicycle helmet ?

    March 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "Your name is derp for a reason. Derp der derrrr. Are you still wearing the bicycle helmet ?"

      Excellent job supporting your side of the debate. Do you have any other intelligent points to make?

      March 27, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  79. William

    Be careful. You are reporting facts you heard on the news. The black community might label you as a racist. Facts are evel.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Facts

    Read the news. Learn of "Tray-von"s past and the events that actually happened before you treat him like some hero. Note the eyewitness is also an African American and she says "Tray-von" is the person that did the attacking. It seems the neighborhood watch guy really was defending himself.

    March 27, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "It seems the neighborhood watch guy really was defending himself"

      So if I start a fight with you, but you start kicking my a$$, it's ok if I shoot you in "self defense"?

      Great!

      I am going out tonight and buying a glock nine. I am going to go start a fight with everyone I can't stand so I can shoot them and claim self defense.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Defending himself? Really? He would not have to be defending himself if he had just went home or wherever he was going! Stop with all the black community trying to make Trayvon look a certain way because it would seem to me that the white community has just jumped on any negative information about Trayvon to give a reason why he should have been killed! Ugh, you make me sick with your stupidity!

      March 28, 2012 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      Dont be foolish...............

      March 28, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  81. Truuth

    Reports are coming out that Trayvon in fact attacked the security patrolman. Reports now indicate Trayvon broke the officers nose and had him down on the ground pounding his head into the pavement before the security watchman drew his weapon to defend his own life. Trayvon was also expelled from school 3 times in the past. Had been previously caught with burglary tools and women's jewelry and a marijuana Baggie. Trayvon is definitely not the innocent gentle youth the African American community is trying to make him out to be.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      "security patrolman" "officers" "security watchman"

      Zimmerman was not an officer, not a security person, and not a security watchman.

      He was an idiot, overzealous, armed average citizen who ignored the police and his own neighborhood watch regulations and pursued an unarmed kid who had done nothing.

      If he listens to the police dispatcher, or bothers to follow the neighborhood watch regulations that HE WROTE and stops following the kid there is never a problem. He followed the kid. He accosted the kid. The kid whooped him and he shot the kid. He is guilty of manslaughter at the least.

      March 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Iaminshock

      Just wondering where you heard all of these things that Travon did. You must have known him personally. Oh... and when did death become the penalty for those things you claim Travon did. You forgot to mention the FACT that Zimmerman was arrested before for assult on a police officer.

      March 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      He was definitely the unarmed youth that was walking home that night! And you can make any type of racial stereotypes that you were looking to find...the fact still remains that Zimmerman had no right to follow and engage this kid period.

      March 28, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  82. White Hispanic Gun Owner

    This is a joke, right? "...awsome destiny denied...?" The only thing that will be denied is the Florida state prision system by Trayvon's presence.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • White Hispanic Gun Owner

      ...prison...

      March 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robbie D

      You are an absolute idiot!!!

      March 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • marj

      i agree with you. Just a matter of time before his black @ss would up in prison for murdering or raping white folks.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Iaminshock

      Why are you so full of hate. Those comments only show how ignorant you are.

      March 28, 2012 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • malcom

      There is a Black man running America; the white "birthright" has been forfeited in lieu of a more enlightened and more highly evolved society....your kind are quicly disappearing and your hateful statements prove that you're afraid – you should be.

      March 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Truuth

    @PhineasPoe: Wow. Police have had a witness all along that says Trayvon Martin attacked Zimmerman and the (cont) http://t.co/dh1dwD7w

    March 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lying

      Yes, I am sure they had to find one to say what they wanted him to say, " a person does not scream for help while attacking someone, they scream HELP when they feel threatened or in pain or fear" , they also have an eye witness to Zimmerman straddleing the boys body after he killed him... What Mr Zimmerman did was pursue, attack or confront, and out of fear or a problem with aggression, fired upon this kid, a bad mistake, a lapse in judgement, a split moment decision with bad consequences... he should of been arrested and held... until they decided if there was evidence to proceed with charges, the police dept did both these men and injustice by not investigating and securing the assailant and the crime scene... Because of their inept respone they have created this reaction... Mr Zimmerman, chose to do what he did that night, he was the aggressor,hehas to step up to the plate for a child being dead. He will have to live that for the rest of his life... The police dept is at fault in not protecting Treyvon rights and Mr Zimmermans. This is what has to change in this world, people in authority not doing their jobs or at least being accountable. We pay them for them to do a professional job and we expect something rather than nothing...Hopefully some good will come out of this but unfortunately two lives were destroyed that evening over a bad judgement call and then it was botched by the people we depend on to protect us.... Very sad situation.... I think we all are going to be surprised what comes out of witnesses by the time this story is done.. Police did not interview alot of the witnesses and now the stories are going to probably change for the truth or lies... Sad sad sad

      March 28, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  84. Tony

    This is nuts. The whole story isn't out yet. Where are the songs for the black on black killings? At least once a week a young kid dies in my town at the hand of another kid and some of these kids are as young as twelve? Who writes a song for them?

    March 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • troi hale

      In those instances 90% of the time the murderer is arrested but not in this case. Why? Could it be there is a cover up? That's why people are protesting.according to the mcclatchey report (look it up) Zimmerman wrote that his father was a retired judge why hasn't that been reported on? Did trayvon not have a right to defend himself against a strange man following him? There is a double standard.

      March 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Oh Tony please! As if you really care about black on black crimes!

      March 28, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  85. MP4/3GP VIDEOS, FOR FREE, GET IT NOW! Note:18

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    March 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  86. brwnboy

    This is what America is about – people from all races and walks of life coming together – it's just sad that it only seems to happen after a tragedy!

    March 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  87. derp

    "Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore'

    Has beens and never were's looking for some publicity.

    Let the legal system run its course.

    March 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Majesty Rene'

      Poor derp. Don't try to debate with these ignorant fools. The media is trying to demonize Trayvon so white folk can justify his murder. They probably defended Casey Anthony, too. There is overwhelming evidence that Trayvon was being stalked or HUNTED. I am truly afraid Zimmerman will walk.

      March 27, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Demarcus

      Derp you be t h e dummest white boy on the planet. I bet you sweet on us African American men. You want to polish my knob my little white sissy?

      March 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb2817

      Hey chaka are you doing anything for the 13 yr old who was set on fire just because of his race???? Oh wait he was the wrong color. In the words of the very funny dave chappelle "they shoulda never gave u n!gg@$ money

      March 29, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Liz Malone

      Excuse they are legends not has beens,also let's count how many time a black authority figure killed a white person rare.The truth is white men are killing young black men,just becuz they wear a badge or a robo cop aka small time security officer.

      March 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |

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