Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Audio Vision: Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Luke James & More Pay Tribute To Trayvon Martin With 'Super Life'
I am Trayvon Martin, we are Trayvon Martin.
The Trayvon Martin tragedy has pretty much been on my mind these last couple of weeks, as it has been for many. In the last few weeks, while reading through a number of op-eds (the best having been done by Danielle Benton of Black Snob) and watching the world march in protest, I've been feeling a blend of emotions about the situation, from sorrow to pure unfiltered and bubbling out-of-the-pot anger. Anger in the sense of that no matter what seems to improve with time, disgusting hate and racism continues to plague our society without so much as a solution. A blind eye we turn, and archaic circles we continue to go in. It needs to stop. Now. This tragedy is a stark reminder that we still have a long way to go in terms of how we function in society, and it's devastating that a young man had to be killed in order for a lot of people to see and comprehend that.
Before I preach a fiery sermon, I'll let Madame Chaka Khan take her post on the soapbox, as she's one of the many public figures who gets it, and continues to fight the good fight as well as encourages others to join in. So what does Chaka do exactly? She gathers up a conclave of her musical betheren such as Eric Benet, Luke James and Kelly Price by refashioning her own track, 2007's "Super Life" and letting the power of music speak for itself. Donning hoodies to symbolize what Trayvon was wearing the day he was killed (and no, Geraldo Rivera, hoodies don't cause deaths---people and hate do), Khan & Co. delivers a paramount message that "fear kills and love heals" and you can feel it through your computer screen. I already have mad love for Chaka but it grows as it's wonder that she the time to do this as well as get a little help from her friends (most of whom you'll recognize in this visual) with a delivering this message and paying tribute to the fallen in such a classy and poignant way.
Be sure if you haven't done so to sign the petition in order to bring charges against Trayvon Martin's killer. Every little bit helps.