Week Of July 14 - 20, 2013

George Zimmerman Acquitted On All Murder Charges

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After a long trial, multiple witnesses and heartbreaking testimonies, the jury in the George Zimmerman case found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The jury’s decision immediately sparked outrage amongst many supporters of the Martin family and neutral parties alike who believed that Zimmerman should be held responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death.

Rallies Erupt Throughout The Country After Zimmerman Verdict

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Immediately following the jury’s decision that Zimmerman was not guilty for the murder of Trayvon Martin, outrage spread throughout America. Many believed that justice was not served for Trayvon and the Martin family and that the American judicial system had failed us. What was once a case not particularly about race immediately became racial as many believed that if Trayvon were white and Zimmerman black, the outcome would have been different. In response, citizens took it upon themselves to organize rallies across America to demand further justice for Trayvon Martin’s death and push for a civil rights case against Zimmerman claiming that Zimmerman violated Martin’s civil rights when he pursued him based on his ethnicity and clothing. Rallies have continued in major cities throughout the week including New York City, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta and more.

Rachel Jeantel Speaks Out

After a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty, star witness in the case Rachel Jeantel did an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN to give her thoughts about the trial and her feelings toward the media’s ridicule. Watch the interview here:

The Nation Pushes For A Civil Rights Case Against George Zimmerman

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Supporters of Trayvon Martin and the Martin family continue to fight for justice. Those who believed that Zimmerman should have been found guilty for following and killing the 17 year old, believed that Martin’s civil rights were violated the second Zimmerman assumed Martin was a “thug”. For that reason, a petition to open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman was created and has received nearly one million signatures in hopes that the case will be brought to federal court.

If you’re interested in seeking further justice for Trayvon Martin, sign this petition: naacp.org/The-DOJ-Petition

or This one.

Juror B37 Signs Book Deal & Then Backs Out

Following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, one of the jurors that found Zimmerman not guilty decided that it was in her best interest to pitch a book idea to a publishing company about her experience in the trial. Juror B37 and her husband reportedly signed a deal that would allow them both to discuss details about the trial and pretty much profit off of Trayvon Martin’s death. After news hit the media that the book deal was in the works, the community was outraged; especially those that we like to call “black Twitter”. A Change.org petition was created to stop the book deal and thanks to Sharlene Martin, an African American woman, the petition spread throughout social media. Sharlene Martin also helped get her Twitter followers the information to the publishing company so angry Tweeters could express their disgust with the company for even considering publishing this book and threaten to boycott any of their products if they continued with the book. After much pressure from “black Twitter” and the general public, the publishing company decided not to go through with the book deal. Perfect example of the power of social media!

Watch her CNN interview here:

Rachel Jeantel Offered Full Scholarship To College By Tom Joyner

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Rachel Jeantel, friend of Trayvon Martin and the last person to speak to him before his murder, has been quite the character ever since she took the witness stand to testify in the emotional murder case. The media immediately took to her demise, ridiculing everything from her education to her appearance to her speech impediment. After Rachel appeared on CNN and revealed that she wanted to go into law, radio host Tom Joyner stepped in and offered to help. He’s given her a full scholarship to any HBCU that she wants in attempts to help her reach her goal of becoming an attorney. Congratulations!

Trayvon Martin’s Parents Speak

Trayvon Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, made an appearance on GMA this morning to speak out about their disgust over the Zimmerman verdict. Watch here:

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New Talk Show, “The Real”, Premieres on FOX

The new daytime talk show, “The Real” premiered on FOX this week featuring a panel of women, Loni Love, Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry, Adrienne Bailon and Jeannie Mai. Watch clips from the first episodes here:

Kerry Washington & Don Cheadle Nominated For Emmys

 

Congratulations to actors Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle for their Emmy nominations. Kerry is nominated for lead actress in a drama series while Cheadle is nominated for lead actor in a comedy series.

Here is their competition:

Lead actress in a drama series

Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michele Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Lead actor in comedy series

Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock


The show airs live on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on September 22. 

 

Congratulations to Kelly Rowland who's just been named the new brand ambassador of Jaguar! She was spotted on the set of a commercial in Miami this week and Tweeted:

"Cruisin in my #F-type @jaguarUSA! Shooting commercial latemiaminights The jag is everything! Supersexy!!!"

Looks like Beyonce isn't the only Destiny's Child that's winning. Go Kelly!