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8/5/13 at 12:44 PM 3 Comments

Mary Mary Joins Florida Boycott in Honor of Trayvon Martin

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UPDATED 9/17: According to Essence magazine, the GRAMMY Award winning gospel dou Mary Mary will Join Stevie Wonder in his Florida concert boycott following the acquittal of former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

"We will stand with Stevie Wonder & boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed," the pair reportedly told their Twitter followers. The pair explained "We love our fans but we MUST do something. We understand that 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."

Before the announcement, Mary Mary singer Tina Campbell attended a April 2012 rally in Los Angeles and sang to Trayvon's family.

A jury of six women acquitted Zimmerman in July of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges related to the late night slaying of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. Civil rights advocates say Martin, who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and carried a ice tea and skittles when Zimmerman spotted him, was the victim of racial profiling. Zimmerman's family argues that he defended himself after he and Martin got into a physical fight.

Advocates are now asking the the Department of Justice to take up the case.

The Florida boycott reportedly includes recording artists Eddie Levert, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Usher, Pattie Labelle, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Jay Z, , R. Kelly, Alicia Keys, Joe, Will I AM, Keyshia Cole, Young Jeezy, Erykah Badu, Wale, Frankie Beverly, and Parliament.

However, the boycott list linked to American Urban Radio Networks correspondant April Ryan has been questioned of late. The Huffington Post reported that its sources said that Rihanna and the Rolling Stones, both said to be boycotting Florida, were not involved or had not even heard of the effort.

Ryan also posted an update on her website stating, "I obtained from multiple sources early Monday a list of artists and entertainers who my sources told me had committed to a boycott of Florida following the George Zimmerman acquittal. Since publishing that list I have heard from several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, they are uncomfortable being identified on that list and are seeking additional information."

UPDATE: The Huffington Post recently reported "Representatives for a number of artists on a purported list of musicians and performers boycotting the state of Florida in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict said Tuesday that their clients have never heard of or been contacted about the list." Read the full story here.

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