Trayvon Martin is dead, and now the media is determined to kill off his character too. The 17-year-old Miami Gardens high school student was gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch vigilante on Feb. 26 in the town of Sanford, Florida.
His killer, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, claims self defense as the reason he pulled the trigger, ending Trayvon's young life that cold, rainy night.
it doesn't matter that Trayvon doesn't have a criminal record -- or that Zimmerman does.
What matters to the national media are a boy's fascination with gold teeth, and the fact that he was suspended from school for 10 days for having marijuana residue in his book bag.
In its own inimitable way, the media has rushed to uncover the evidence to confirm Zimmerman's stereotyped portrayal of the boy as a thug who deserved to be shot to death for swinging on him.
Unlike rappers who only support a cause if there is something financially in it for them, LeBron James and the rest of the Miami Heat team showed their full support for Trayvon Martin by wearing grey hoodies in a group photo. LeBron uploaded the photo to Twitter.com today with the hashtags: "#WeAreTrayvonMartin #Hoodies #Stereotyped #WeWantJustice".
17-year-old Trayvon was unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candy when he was ambushed and gunned down by a racist neighborhood watch captain as he walked home from a corner store in Sanford, Florida on Feb. 26th.
Meanwhile, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera fanned the flames of controversy when he advised black and Hispanic parents not to let their sons leave home wearing hoodies.
Rivera denied that he was "blaming the victim" and called it "common sense" for minorities to avoid wearing hoodies. He said that he was "reminding minority parents of the risk that comes with being a kid of color in America," according to the Huffington Post.
Speaking to guest host Juliet Huddy, Rivera said that he believed George Zimmerman should be "investigated to the fullest extent of the law" and "prosecuted" if criminally liable, but blamed Martin's parents for letting him go outside wearing a hoodie.
In response to pressure from Trayvon Martin's supporters, who threatened to make their votes count in November, President Barack Obama finally made a statement on the murder case that has dominated the nation's headlines.
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was unarmed and carrying a bag of Skittles candy on Feb. 26th when he was shot to death by a racist neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed self-defense.
President Obama made a brief statement about Trayvon in the White House's Rose garden this morning. Obama had been criticized for remaining silent on the murder case even though he called Sandra Fluke to express his concern after the law student was attacked by Rush Limbaugh, who called her a "slut" on the air.
Obama was careful not to get too far ahead of events. He said he was wary of "impairing" an ongoing legal process but praised the fact that federal, state and local law enforcement are now working together on Martin's death.
"Obviously, this is a tragedy," he said. "I can only imagine what these parents are going through, and when I think about this, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together -- federal, state and local -- to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."
He went on.
"I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen," said Obama. "And that means we examine the laws and the context for what happened, as well as the specifics of the incident."
Watch a video of President Obama's statement after the break.
Whitney Houston's ex-sister-in-law, Leolah Brown, appeared on CNN's Dr. Drew last night to comment on the LA County coroner's findings that Whitney had cocaine in her system when she died in a hotel bathtub last month.
In Brown's opinion, Ray J was Whitney's drug supplier. She also disputed reports that Ray J and Whitney were dating.
“I am going to believe that Ray J -- who Whitney told me she had no relationship with ... he was, like she said, a runner boy. He was buying [drugs] for Whitney for what I know, and giving her drugs," Leolah told Dr. Drew.
If Ray J was anything serious to Whitney, surely she would have named him in her will, right?
Brandy's opportunistic brother Ray J is outraged that insiders are accusing him of being Whitney Houston's cocaine supplier.
The LA County coroner's final report listed cocaine among the handful of drugs found in Whitney's system when she died in a hotel bathtub on Feb. 11.
According to TMZ.com, the coroner Craig Harvey described the cocaine level in Whitney's system as "acute" -- a medical terminology for short-term.
So Whitney must have ingested the cocaine within hours of being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton last month.
But TMZ.com reports that somebody removed the cocaine from the hotel room before police and paramedics arrived. The person who removed the coke was the same one who supplied it to Whitney.
But Ray J tells TMZ.com it wasn't him. TMZ also reports that the sheets were missing from the bed in Whitney's hotel room. Could it be that the sheets were removed to destroy biological evidence that could reveal who was doing coke with Whitney before she died?
Kim Kardashian was flour bombed by a woman at her event last night in West Hollywood. Kim K. was at the London Hotel for the launch of her fragrance, True Reflection. She was walking the red carpet when a woman threw a bag containing a white, powdery substance at her from behind. The powder covered the back of Kim's jacket and her expensive hair weave. Kim was escorted to her dressing room where she cleaned up, shook out her weave and returned to the event. Police and the fire department were called to determine if the powder was a hazardous material -- it wasn't. The woman was detained by police, according to TMZ.com.
Skeptics on Twitter.com say Kim staged this stunt to promote her fragrance line. I wouldn't put it past her.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Republicans should give President Barack Obama another term in office if he (Santorum) doesn't win the GOP nomination over frontrunner Mitt Romney.
“You win by giving people a choice,” Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. “You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who’s just going to be a little different than the person in there.”
Comparing Romney to an Etch-a-Sketch toy, Santorum continued: “If they’re going to be a little different, we might as well stay with [Obama] instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future.”
Santorum has said that Romney's political views change often and can be erased like the shake of an Etch-a-Sketch toy.
Romney, who won the Illinois primary on Tuesday, issued a statement Thursday expressing indignation at the fact “that Rick Santorum would rather have Barack Obama as president than a Republican.”
Romney added: “Any of the Republicans running would be better than President Obama and his record of failure."
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich tweeted: “Rick Santorum is dead wrong. Any GOP nominee will be better than Obama.”
Pub singer Beyoncé was seen entering an office building in New York City today. It's the same office building that Bey was seen entering almost daily when she was supposedly pregnant. I'm told the building is where Beyoncé and Tina Knowles' clothing line is housed -- and that Beyoncé is actually working a 9-5 job overseeing designs, patterns, fabric selections and things of that nature. Maybe she's not such a dummy after all? Photo: Tom Meinelt-Jason Winslow/Splash
The LA County coroner's report lists cocaine among the drugs in Whitney Houston's system when she died, according to TMZ.com. The coroner's report also cites "accidental drowning" as the cause of death, which might have been precipitated by a heart attack.
The L.A. County Coroner has just released the singer's official cause of death -- accidental drowning ... but the report also notes heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors to Whitney's demise.
A source connected to the investigation tells us it is "very possible" Whitney had a heart attack that caused her to lose consciousness and drown. The heart attack may have been triggered by hardening of the arteries as a result of cocaine use. Source
Whitney, 48, was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her hotel suite in Beverly Hills, CA on Feb. 11. Investigators found no cocaine in Whitney's hotel room.
Whitney had a long history of drug abuse and alcohol problems dating back to the 1980s.
Media personality La La Anthony was a guest host on 'Good Day NY' today in New York City. The boy behind her made sure he got into every photo with her. I bet La La wishes her man Carmelo Anthony was that eager to jump every photo with her. Photo:Roger Wong/INFphoto.com
Speaking of eager, reality TV personality Sheree Whitfield was seen strutting down a New York street with a friend today. Sheree looks like she's living the good life, packing on weight. The 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' cast member looks a far cry from the way she did back in 2008 during her weight training days. I bet she wishes she could be that toned again.
CNN reports that Sanford police chief Bill Lee is stepping down "temporarily" while the federal probe into his police department's corrupt cover up of Trayvon Martin case continues.
"I am aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," he told reporters. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position."
He added, "I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."
NAACP President Ben Jealous said Lee's stepping aside is not enough. "Parents don't feel that their children will be safe with Lee heading the police department," he said. "He needs to go right now."
WEtv premiered Trina Braxton’s hot new debut single “Party Or Go Home” today. As you know, Trina is an aspiring singer who once sang background for her superstar sister, Toni Braxton. The single's syrupy, uptempo production isn't layered on thick enough to drown out Trina's newly acquired Canadian accent. It's a decent debut single for Trina.