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Celebs React To George Zimmerman Verdict



Just minutes after jurors found George Zimmerman “not guilty” of shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin, Twitter exploded with reactions from people all over the country.

Among those were dozens of celebrities addressing their anger, prayers and thoughts on the case that has embroiled the nation since news broke of Martin’s death in February 2012.

John Legend wrote: My heart hurts

Rihanna wrote: This is the saddest news ever!!! #whatsjustice #pray4theMartinFamily

Gabrielle Union wrote: Help! What’s the proper procedure when you’re followed by a random armed nutbag returning home from getting candy & iced tea?


Kelly Rowland wrote:  #Disappointed literally in tears right now, over the way a KILLER was found not guilty!!? KeepingTrayvon’s family in my prayers! In shock!

Tamar Braxton wrote: Going to bed. This has ruined my whole night. 🙁 #JusticeForTrayvon

Nicki Minaj wrote: And our taxes paid for that trial. We just paid to see a murderer walk free after killing an innocent unarmed little boy. #GodBlessAmerica

But it wasn’t just African American celebs who were saddened by the verdict, which shed light on racial profiling in this country.

Sophia Bush wrote:  The wind is more than knocked out of me… My heart aches for this boy’s family. Justice System? I don’t think so. #justicefortrayvon

Mario Lopez wrote: Hope people don’t misbehave after hearing this verdict… Pray for the Martin family.

Mandy Moore wrote: My heart is heavy…for all who knew and loved #TrayvonMartin. His life mattered. This is shameful.

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  1. John

    July 14, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Celebrities need to keep their comments to themselves. They along with the media are to blame for this supposed racially motivated incident getting blown out of proportion. Many people are victims of crimes each day. Stop picking and choosing when its convenient to play the race card. What’s with all the hate directed towards America? We have a great country. Does it not enable your lavish lifestyles?

    • Sariah

      July 14, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      The reason why there is hate towards America is because the so called justice system in America continues to fail to put bad people like George Zimmerman behind bars!! Everyone is allowed to have their opinion famous or not. African Americans wouldn’t have to keep playing the race card if the rules were the same for blacks and whites, simple as that!

      • Tye D.

        July 15, 2013 at 9:56 AM

        I agree! Zimmerman stated that Trayvon looked suspicious…dude!!!? He was wearing a hoodie in the freaking rain!!!! How is that out of the ordinary! What other reason did he have to profile him? He was a kid above all else and he should have just phoned the police and let them do their job! No matter the race, he should have been locked up!

        • Sariah

          July 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

          EXACTLY!!! And now Trayvons parents have to live the rest of their life without their son while George Zimmerman is at home surrounded by his family… Just dont get it!

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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