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Gospel duo Mary Mary are following Stevie Wonder’s lead and boycotting Florida until the state’s controversial Stand Your Ground law is overturned.
The acquittal of neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin renewed scrutiny of the law.
As previously reported, Wonder voiced his disapproval by announcing his decision to never perform in the area until the legislation is off the books.
Now Grammy-winning siblings Mary Mary (Erica Atkins-Campbell and Tina Atkins-Campbell) has agreed to do the same.
They tweeted today: “We will Stand with Stevie Wonder & Boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed! We love our fans but we Must do something!! We understand a No from us isn’t as big as a No from Stevie Wonder but if all our voices join together we can Really change things! Let’s let our voices be heard JusticeForTrayvonMartin.”
Zimmerman’s acquittal has sparked mass protests, with a number of stars including Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus all speaking out against the verdict.
TIMBLAND & KERI HILSON
Timbaland and Keri Hilson are both musicians who know what it’s like to be misunderstood in the public eye, which is why they have collaborated on a new apology track entitled “Sorry” for Timbo’s new album “Shock Value III.”
Keri Hilson has been accused on having beef with Beyonce for the past few years. The BeyHive, Beyonce’s fanclub, has been putting Keri through the ringer for allegedly shading Bey in interviews and photos and sending subliminal tweets. Things really erupted when Keri released her 2009 remix of “Turnin’ Me On” where was taking shots at some other singer who fans assumed was Beyonce.
Timbaland had his own public beef with Jay Z over leaked tracks from the “Blueprint III” album.
“Me and Jay fell out, I missed his 40th, he didn’t miss mine he did send me a gift. But I missed his, and it was over petty stuff, it was more personal stuff and disagreements it was not no industry related, it was more personal and I was wrong,” Timbaland revealed during a sit down with Diddy’s Revolt TV.
He also teased a few verses from the new apology track, while revealing Keri’s contribution.
“My verse I’m saying like, ‘We copped the same Range. We talked to the same dames. Same things, same lane. Now we see each other, don’t even speak…Accept my apology.’ It’s like a Tupac kinda s–t. It’s deep. It’s pretty deep.[...]Keri actually tells a story about the whole Beyonce thing and how she was sorry about it because she really wasn’t talking about Beyonce but other people.”
Well Jay had a different account of their fallout during his interview with BBC’s Zane Lowe, despite Timbaland’s claim that it wasn’t industry related.
“He was still on Blueprint 3, but the fallout happened at the end of that album. A couple of songs was getting leaked that was his songs. That whole thing was just like…it just ruined the whole process. I wanted him and Kanye to produce — Kanye was the executive producer of Blueprint III and was like, “Let’s get Tim.” We were all inviting to him, and he just wasn’t accepting of the process. It seemed like it was more about him than the actual album.”
Jay also added, “When you go in and you make an album, you have to put all ego aside. I’m putting ego aside. Everyone has to put ego aside for the sake of the project. He wasn’t accepting of that. That was almost the last straw type of thing, so we just went our separate ways. After those concerts and he came back, I’d seen a new Timbaland. He had this maturity and this growth. I was like, “Oh, okay, this is gonna work out.”
Timbaland is now signed to Roc Nation and worked with Jay-Z again on Magna Carta Holy Grail.
TMZ has reported that rapper and producer Kanye West allegedly attacked another photographer yesterday at the LAX. It apparently got so bad that paramedics were on the scene.
The photographer’s sources and eye witnesses stated that Kanye was leaving the airport went he just want ballistic and attacked the paparazzo. Five paparazzi surrounded the rapper, who was with his bodyguard, and started snapping pictures.
One photographer, reportedly not with TMZ, started getting too aggressive and bombarded Kanye with questions.
According to TMZ, Kayne instructed the photographer to refrain from asking questions but he kept it up. That’s when West attacked the photog with several punches that knocked him to the ground. Paramedics and police were called to the scene.
TMZ reports that the cameraman was taken to the hospital. And that Yeezus could be facing felony charges, based on the photographer claiming West was trying to rob him of his camera. The extent of the photographer’s injuries are unclear.
Kanye West had been out of the country since last week and has laid down his now-infamous anti-pap rules, telling TMZ that photographers should never to talk to him again.