The music legend will not perform in any state that recognizes the Stand Your Ground law.
See what’s brewing this morning:
•Following the George Zimmerman acquittal, Stevie Wonder says he refuses to perform in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is overturned. The music icon says he also will not perform in any other states that practice that particular law.”I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” said Wonder during a Quebec City performance on Sunday. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.” Wonder hopes that his fans will stand behind him in the midst of his boycott. “The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world– we can’t bring them back,” he said. “What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.” [Hollywood Reporter]
• Former South African president Thabo Mbeki says Nelson Mandela may soon be released from the hospital and sent home. Mbeki recently made the prediction while giving a speech at a memorial service this weekend. Mandela was sent to a Pretoria hospital over a month ago after suffering a recurring lung infection. The South African leader is reportedly on life support and is in critical condition.[USA Today]
• Lindsay Lohan will open up to Oprah on the OWN network’s Oprah’s Next Chapter and the intimate sit-down will come at the cost of $2 million. OWN has been trying to get Lohan to spill her life details for four months now. The costly deal will allow the network to air an 8-part docu-series about the actress’ life and career struggles. Lohan will also be given two paid assistants and a stylist as part of the agreement. [TMZ]
•After being slammed with criticism over lyrics that distastefully referenced the beating and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, Lil Wayne has finally apologized to the Till family. While on his America’s Most Wanted tour, the rapper took a moment during his performance of Future’s “Karate Chop” remix to apologize. He substituted “I apologize to the family of Emmett Till,” in place of his previously insensitive lyrics. This is the second apology Lil Wayne has offered up to the Till family. The first one was rejected by them.[BET]
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