Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Chaka Khan releases Trayvon Martin video tribute before Atlanta show

Posted By on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Queen of funk Chaka Khan, who performs at Atlanta jazz station WCLK-FM's benefit concert this Wednesday at the Cobb Energy Centre, released a video tribute to Trayvon Martin yesterday. It features musicians and actors, including Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Terry Crews, Boris Kodjo, and D-Ray Davis, donning hoodies like the one Martin was wearing when he was killed. The song "Super Life" first appeared on her 2007 album Funk This, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The singer wrote on her Website, "celebrities are privileged beyond belief to have a public following. We have explored and exploited media to our own benefits. Now it's time to exploit media for the benefit of humanity as a whole. As purveyors of content and media, we need to use our voices to stop injustice at the site of its origin."

She also spoke out on Piers Morgan's CNN show last night about the racially-charged case and new details about Martin surfacing in the media, including recent allegations that he used and/or sold marijuana, wore gold teeth, and used explicit language on his Twitter account. "They're trying to sully his character," Khan said.

Chaka Khan. $60-$115. 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 4. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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