July 20, 2013


Jay Z and Beyonce Attend Rally for Trayvon Martin

Larry Busacca
Larry Busacca

Jay Z and Beyonce have always been outspoken about matters of the heart, but usually their commentary is through social media or on stage. Today, the crowned King and Queen of hip hop took to the streets to show their support for slain teenager Trayvon Martin.

The rally took place in New York City and addressed grievances with Stand Your Ground laws, which have drawn criticism in the aftermath of the verdict.

According to the Huffington Post, activist and pundit, Rev. Al Sharpton, was one of the highlighted speakers at the rally and it was Sharpton who pointed out Mr. and Mrs. Carter's presence.

He referred to them as "two of the baddest artists of all time" and explained:

"Jay Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op."

He continued, "Beyonce put a beautiful message up on Instagram. Let me tell you, that before a lot of you were down, Jay Z always supported us."

"Jay Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyonce is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension—the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody. We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."

This is not the first time Bey or Jay has spoken out about the Martin case. Beyonce held a moment of silence at a concert in Nashville (30 minutes after the verdict came in) last Saturday. She then sang the chorus for "I Will Always Love You."

Her husband soon followed suit. Last Wednesday, at the kick off of the Legends of Summer Tour in Toronto, HOVA told the crowd:

"This is for Mr. Trayvon Martin," before moving into—with a little help from Justin Timberlake—an emotional rendition of Blueprint III track "Forever Young."