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Macklemore pays tribute to Trayvon Martin at AMAs -- VIDEO

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis couldn’t attend the American Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night due to their touring schedule. So when the duo won Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop album for The Heist, they accepted their award via satellite from Miami — where Macklemore was inspired by his surroundings to take a political bent in his speech.

After opening with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — Macklemore brought up one of this year’s most hot-button issues: the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the trial of his killer, George Zimmerman.

“Due to the fact that we are in Florida tonight accepting this award, I want to acknowledge Trayvon Martin and the hundreds and hundreds of kids each year that are dying due to racial profiling and the violence that follows it,” Macklemore said to cheers and applause. “This is really happening. These are our friends, our neighbors, our peers, and our fans, and it’s time that we look out for the youth and fight against racism and the laws that protect it.”

Watch his speech below.

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'Law & Order: SVU': Every issue shoehorned into the Paula Deen/Trayvon Martin episode

According to a message that appeared before Law & Order: SVU last night, the episode that followed — titled “American Tragedy” — “[was] fictional and [did] not depict any actual person or event.” In reality, of course, the hour was clearly ripped from one of the 2013’s biggest headlines: the case of George Zimmerman, on trial for shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

But wait — there’s more! The woman who shot SVU‘s Martin facsimile happened to be a celebrity chef with a history of racial prejudice… much like Paula Deen. And the storyline also hinged, partially, on New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. And… actually, you know what? Maybe it would be easier if we just listed every single issue that came up in “American Tragedy” — starting with this year’s indisputable Song of the Summer.

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Oprah Winfrey compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till -- VIDEO

On August 28, 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was savagely beaten and shot through the head in Money, Mississippi, all for the crime of speaking to a 21-year-old white woman. After a widely covered trial, his murderers were acquitted — leading to national indignation and helping to catalyze the civil rights movement.

Though the specifics of each case are vastly different, it’s easy to compare Till’s murder and its aftermath to the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Oprah Winfrey did that very thing this morning in a brief clip shown on Today, calling the killings “parallel” — and adding, “In my mind, [they’re the] same thing.”

At the same time, Winfrey — who stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film set partially during the height of the civil rights movement — was careful to say that those outraged by Martin’s death and George Zimmerman being found not guilty shouldn’t dwell in the past. “You can get stuck in that,” she said, “and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we’ve come.”
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Chris Matthews apologizes to black co-workers on behalf of 'all white people'

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Like many in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, Chris Matthews is wondering what he can learn from the situation, particularly about others’ experiences with race.

On his MSNBC show Thursday, Matthews had NBC News executive Val Nicholas and former RNC chairman Michael Steele, both of whom are black, on to discuss their feelings on the verdict, and more broadly, race relations in America today. Nicholas, who had just penned an op-ed for MSNBC.com titled, “I Could Have Been Trayvon Martin,” shared his experiences as a black teenager. He explained that twice as a teen he wound up looking down the barrel of a police gun for no other reason than the color of his skin. Steele agreed with him, saying he too had similar experiences. “What Val and I have in common is black skin, and the perceptions that go along with that,” Steele elaborated.

“My father, not unlike Michael, taught me that if you end up in a situation with the police or security or whatever, never argue, just capitulate,” Nicholas concluded. “Because, he said, there’s only three results that could happen from that. One, you go to jail. Two, you go to the hospital. Three, you go to the morgue. And he told me that when I was 9 or 10 years old.”

A shocked Matthews ended the segment saying he wanted to apologize. “I’ll just tell you one thing and I’m speaking now for all white people but especially those who have tried to change in the last 50 or 60 years — and a lot of them have really tried to change — I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”

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Trayvon Martin's parents speak out on multiple morning shows -- VIDEO

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time after George Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict was announced July 13. Trayvon Martin’s parents were somber and resigned in each appearance, repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict — and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.

Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”

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Questlove responds to George Zimmerman verdict

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In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict Saturday night, it seems everyone has weighed in with an opinion about the controversial case. In a column for the Huffington Post, the Roots drummer Questlove opened up about his own feelings about the decision, and related it to his experiences as “exotic-looking me (6’2″, 300 pounds, uncivilized afro for starters) [who] finds himself in places that people that look like me aren’t normally found.”

In the lengthy essay (which you should really go read in its entirety!) he discusses how it’s a “crazy way to live” to always be trained to defer to others, and constantly be worrying about making others uncomfortable with your presence. “In the beginning (let’s say 2002 when the gates of ‘Hey, Ahmir, would you like to come to [name swanky elitist place]?’ opened), initially I’d say ‘no’ — mostly because it’s been hammered in my DNA to not ‘rock the boat’ — which, since I wanna keep it real, means not make ‘certain people’ feel uncomfortable.” READ FULL STORY

'The Wire' creator on Zimmerman verdict: 'The season on African-Americans now runs year round'

David Simon — co-creator of The Wire, co-creator of Tremé, card-carrying Person With Thoughts To Share — has some thoughts to share about Trayvon Martin. In a blog post titled simply “Trayvon,” Simon has written his reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict.

“You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead,” Simon notes. “In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all. And bring a handgun.” He continues:
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Geraldo Rivera blames Trayvon Martin's hoodie, feels Internet's wrath -- VIDEO

Does wearing a hoodie automatically put a target on a dark-skinned young man’s back? According to Geraldo Rivera, the answer is yes. The Fox News commentator opined on air today that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, was asking for trouble — because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

As Rivera told Fox & Friends cohost Brian Kilmeade, he believes that parents of “black and Latino youngsters” shouldn’t let their children go out wearing hoodies: “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” READ FULL STORY

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