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Coffee Talk: Trayvon Martin's Parents Refuse to Take Sides on Florida Boycott

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•Trayvon Martin's parents are refusing to boycott against Florida and say they are remaining neutral in regards to the matter. Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman last month, several celebrities have vowed not to perform in Florida until it's Stand Your Ground law is abolished. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Mary Mary are amongst those who promised to boycott the state, but Martin's parents have said they will take no part in it. During a conference at the National Association of Black Journalists, Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, said she and Martin's father will neither support or oppose the boycotting. "They have a right to express themselves," Fulton said of boycotters. Since Zimmerman's acquittal, Martin's parents have been working to get states with Stand Your Ground laws to add a Trayvon Martin amendment that prevents people from using self-defense if they are the initial aggressors in a confrontation. They are also asking those who disagree with the verdict to sign a petition in their states encouraging the passing of the amendment. [Huffington Post]

• Curtis Jackson, the rapper commonly known as 50 Cent, is due for court Monday on charges of domestic violence. The rapper is being arraigned after being accused of physically assaulting his ex-girlfriend and destroying her home. If the rapper is found guilty, he can face up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines. Jackson's ex says he injured her and trashed her home after an argument that took place on June 23 at her Toluca Lake condo, but Jackson claims that he is innocent. "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him," said a statement from Jackson's lawyer. "It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest." [The Grio]

• Denzel Washington's action film 2 Guns topped the North American box office this weekend earning $27.4 million. The film, which took the number one spot, focuses on a DEA agent and Naval Intelligence officer who are set up by the CIA and forced to work together. "I think the chemistry between Washington and Wahlberg was a big draw," said Universal president of domestic distribution, Nikki Rocco. "Adults really enjoyed the film." Washington is no stranger to earning big at the box office as his last six films all opened above $20 million.[The Hollywood Reporter]

PHOTO GALLERY: Zimmerman Verdict: Demonstrators React Across the Nation

  • Sabrina Sheppard, 8, of Sanford, Florida, prays at the Trayon Martin memorial at a George Zimmerman trial verdict watch gathering at Goldsboro Welcome Center in Goldsboro, Florida, Saturday, July 13, 2013.
  • People angry at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of black teen Trayvon Martin protest outside City Hall in Los Angeles, California.
  • Demonstrators march through Beverly Hills to protest the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in California.
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