UPDATE: Sources are reporting that several artists that were allegedly canceling shows in Florida and other states with Stand Your Ground laws are false. Miami TV station WPLG says that “an executive affiliated with” their “Legends of the Summer” tour confirms that Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s co-headlining show at Sun Life Stadium will take place as planned. Rihanna isn’t hopping on the boycott bandwagon either, according to “a source with knowledge of the matter” who told the Huffington Post. Only gospel act Mary Mary has gone on record about joining Stevie Wonder.
After Stevie Wonder announced that he was boycotting Florida and other states that enforced the Stand Your Ground law following the “not guilty” verdict that was delivered in the George Zimmerman trial, some big-name celebrity supporters may be taking his lead.
According to American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan, a source “close to the Stevie Wonder camp” said the 63-year-old crooner has rallied the likes of Jay Z, Beyoncé, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and others to boycott Florida as well.
“I decided today that until the “Stand Your Ground” law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said during a recent performance in Quebec.
“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. The truth is that – for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world – we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do,” the singer added.
Hip-hop’s First couple Jay Z and Beyoncé also took a stand, joining Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and Rev. Al Sharpton in New York Saturday (July 20) for the 100 City Trayvon Vigil. Sharpton explained to the crowd that the Carters’ appearance wasn’t for a photo op but to show their support.
See the full list of artists reportedly taking their talents away from South Beach and beyond here.—Alley Olivier
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