For Derrick Ashong (pictured above), the chance to talk face to face with the former neighborhood watchman was an opportunity he could not pass up.
*Rick Ross is clarifying a line from one of his songs that addresses the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
On the track “Black & White” from his latest album “Mastermind,” Ross raps, “Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target,” which some have perceived to mean that he is comparing his success to George Zimmerman gunning down the teen.
After the lyrics sparked controversy, Ross, 38, issued a statement to Vibe.
*I think I speak for a lot of normal black people when I say that I sometimes grow tired of the rapper Rick Ross.
Ross has always been a creative, yet relatively useless public figure in the past, but his recent disrespect for the legacy of Trayvon Martin might be the straw that breaks the fat man’s back.
Rick’s use of Trayvon’s name in the song “Mastermind” could be subject to interpretation, and he’s being very careful to try to brush it over.
*The Goodman Theatre in Chicago is the latest company to join a national effort to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
According to The AP, the Goodman will present six 10-minute works by Marcus Gardley, Tala Manassah, Mona Mansour, Winter Miller, Dominique Morisseau, Dan O’Brien, Quetzel Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat as part of a March 3 production of “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon Martin, Race and Privilege.”
Other theater companies that have signed on to present the works this season include the Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles, The Public Theater in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company of Washington D.C.
So much so that he’s calling for black Americans to create and establish their own court system based on the Bible and Quran. In Farrakhan’s eyes, the current legal system is one that practices racial bias.
*George Zimmerman is living anything but well nowadays.
In an interview with the Univision show “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) that aired Sunday, the former neighborhood watchman revealed that he is currently homeless as well as battling post-traumatic stress disorder.
When asked about the Trayvon Martin case, Zimmerman mentioned that he called the police prior to getting into the fight the led to Martin’s death and that Martin attacked and threatened to kill him.