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Macklemore Speaks Out for Trayvon Martin, Against Racial Profiling: VIDEO


In a taped segment at the American Music Awards with Ryan Lewis at his side, Macklemore spoke out against racial profiling in a tribute to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.


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Halloween Losers of the Year: PHOTO


The Florida threesome who thought it "f--king hilarious" to dress up like Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman and post their photo to Facebook.

The Smoking Gun, which also has their rap sheet:

The image of the duo was uploaded Friday to the Facebook page of Caitlin Cimeno, a Martha’s Vineyard native who captioned the photo “Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon.” Cimeno, flanked in the photo by the two men, followed those words with a smiley face emoticon.

Greg Cimeno, 22, portrayed Zimmerman, complete with a “Neighborhood Watch” t-shirt. Cimeno lives in Cape Coral, Florida, where he appears to work for a carpentry firm.

William Filene, 25, dressed up as Martin, covering his face in black paint and donning a gray sweatshirt with a single bullet hole surrounded by fake blood. Filene, who also lives in Cape Coral, was arrested in June for felony auto theft. His rap sheet also included collars for loitering/prowling and failing to register an automobile.

Pres. Obama: "Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me 35 Years Ago": VIDEO


In a broad-ranging statement given to reporters on Friday, President Obama spoke about Trayvon Martin and reactions to George Zimmerman's acquittal for the first time since the jury in the high-profile case reached its verdict last weekend, The Washington Post reports. Recalling his own reaction to first hearing of Trayvon's death, the President remarked:

"When Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is that Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. When you think about in the African-American community, there’s a lot of pain around this. It’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away. And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.”

Drawing further comparison between himself and Travyon, the President stated, ”There are very few African-African men who haven’t had the experience of being followed in a department store. That includes me.”

Throughout his remarks, the President remained focused on "where do we take this." He mentioned that Eric Holder was reviewing the case but brought the attention back to potential policy initiatives and called for an examination of local and state laws such as the "stand your ground" laws:

“And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like the stand your ground laws I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?  And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”

The President also mentioned that he and First Lady Michelle Obama have spent a lot of time, "thinking about how to bolster and reinforce African-American kids. There are a lot of kids out there that need help, that are getting a lot of negative reinforcement.”

Hitting a hopeful note the President reflected on his belief that race relations in this country continue to improve with each generation:

"Looking at his daughters Sasha and Malia with their friends, Obama remarked, 'They’re better than we are, they’re better than we were, on these issues. And that’s true at every community I’ve visited across this country.'

'We should also have confidence that kids these days I think have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did. And along this long journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union, not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.'"

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Did Trayvon Martin Fear George Zimmerman Was A 'Rapist' Pursuing Him Sexually?: VIDEO


In her first interview since George Zimmerman was acquitted on all counts in the murder of Trayvon Martin, Martin's friend, Rachel Jeantel, who was thrust into the eye of a media storm after she gave testimony about the phone call she had with Martin moments before he was shot and who just yesterday was labeled "not credible" by the mysterious Juror B37, told CNN's Piers Morgan that she and Martin feared that Zimmerman was a "rapist" and was sexually motivated in his pursuit of Martin. Mediaite reports:

"He was 'freaked out' about [Zimmerman pursuing him], she said, especially after she had suggested to the late teenager that Zimmerman 'might be a rapist.'

She explained that because Martin was not a homosexual, he was troubled by the actions of Zimmerman: 'For every boy or every man who’s not that kind of way,' she said, 'seeing a grown man following them, would they be creeped out?'

Jeantel continued: 'You have to take it as a parent, when you tell your child, you see a grown person following you, run away, and all that. You going to tell your child stand there? If you tell your child stand there, then you’re going to see your child on the news for missing person.'"

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The Daily Show's John Oliver Registers His Shock at the Zimmerman Verdict: VIDEO

Acquitted Development

On last night's The Daily Show, interim host John Oliver covered the result of George Zimmerman's trial in a segment called "Wait: What? How Could You Possibly... You've Got To Be Kid... There Is No Way... I Can't... Oh My God." If you don't have the time to watch the clip or can't view it on your mobile device, then all you need to take away from it is John's slack-jawed incredulity when he recounted:

According to current Florida law you can get a gun, follow an unarmed minor, call the police, have them explicitly tell you to stop following [the minor] and choose to ignore that, keep following the minor, get into a confrontation with them, and if at any point during that process you get scared you can shoot the minor to death, and the state of Florida will say, "Well, look: you did what you could."

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Zimmerman Juror Speaks to Anderson Cooper: VIDEOS


Last night Anderson Cooper sat down for an interview with Zimmerman Juror B37.

In part 1 they cover opening statements, which witnesses she thought were 'credible' (the defense medical examiner), and which  she found not credible (Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's friend), what it was like day-to-day on the jury, the 911 tapes (she insists it was Zimmerman's voice on the call).

In part 2 he asks what she thought of George Zimmerman, whether she thinks he should have been carrying a gun, and the videotapes in which Zimmerman walked through a reenactment. The juror says she believes Zimmerman thought his life was in danger, and believes Trayvon Martin threw the first punch. She says she felt that both sets of parents said anything a parent would say. She also says she doesn't think race played a role in the case, and it wasn't part of the discussion in the jury room.


The juror had announced she was writing a book about the case, but after hours of outrage on social media for Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management LLC to drop the juror, it was announced that a book deal was no longer in the works, via a statement published by Buzzfeed:

“I realize it was necessary for our jury to be sequestered in order to protest our verdict from unfair outside influence, but that isolation shielded me from the depth of pain that exists among the general public over every aspect of this case. The potential book was always intended to be a respectful observation of the trial from my and my husband’s perspectives solely and it was to be an observation that our ‘system’ of justice can get so complicated that it creates a conflict with our ‘spirit’ of justice.

Now that I am returned to my family and to society in general, I have realized that the best direction for me to go is away from writing any sort of book and return instead to my life as it was before I was called to sit on this jury.”

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