No Justice… No beats!
It’s never fair to expect our entertainers to use their power and influence to fight the power, but when they do, millions are inspired to join their cause in celeb-obsessed America. With fame comes endless problems and millions of haters, but also the ability to effect social change like those on this list.
Here’s a list of high-profile stars (reportedly) boycotting Florida. Take a look.
“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
Note: There are 22 states with Stand Your Ground laws. Do the math.
Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake
Would they really skip their upcoming concert at Sun Life stadium in Miami on August 16 to take a stand? If so, that’s MAJOR.
She recently dedicated Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” to Trayvon during a show and appeared at a Justice For Trayvon rally with hubby Hov. For once, she’s actually involved in social issues and that’s dope.
Superstar rappers Kanye West, Jeezy and Wale
Three completely different artists with completely different fanbases who have far more influence than people know.
RiRi’s response to Zimmerman verdict: “A child was gunned down for no reason! And nothing about that sounds like murder? My baby brother is 17, this rocked my whole s—t! #thesystemisandhasalwaysbeenphucked”
R&B/Soul icons Usher, R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu
Five of the greatest (and most influential) artists of their era. Living legends.
Glowstick-Pop GOD will.i.am
Glow-in-the-dark face of the biggest Pop phenomenon of his generation (Black Eyed Peas).
“We will stand with Stevie Wonder and boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is changed. We love our fans but we must do something. We understand a ‘no’ from us isn’t as big as a ‘no’ from Stevie Wonder but if all our voices join together we can really change things.”
Beloved Soul icons Frankie Beverly & Maze, Patti LaBelle and Charlie Wilson
ALL National Treasures in the Black community, especially Frankie Beverly & Maze who gave us the timeless Black National Anthem “Before I Let Go.”
Legendary O’Jays frontman Eddie Levert
“I, Eddie Levert will not play Florida until they change their gun laws,” Levert said on Twitter. “I’m going to join Mr. Stevie Wonder in his boycott of Florida”
Rock Legends The Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart
Legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famers with half a billion albums sold between them.
Note: Stevie Wonder, Mary Mary and Eddie Levert are the only celebs who CONFIRMED their Florida boycott. Everyone else is REPORTED to be joining Stevie Wonder.
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