In a recent interview with Chaka Khan, the soul legend announced her intentions to boycott Florida in protest of the state’s Stand Your Ground laws.

She joins fellow stars Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick.

From the Huffington Post:

Well the trial, number one was a travesty. Racism is still very much alive and well in this country. It has gone to more of a cerebral state. But it’s alive and well. The new slavery is keeping black men in jail.

Khan also discussed the gun violence crisis in her hometown of Chicago, bemoaning the lack of community centers and quality schools in for our youth.

Well, these kids have nothing else to do. I remember growing up there when we had after school community centers. I think that would be a big help. The sad thing is that this is America. In all of America these kids have nothing to do after school, if they go to school. And if they don’t, I can’t really blame them. The school system sucks. So there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. And I plan on being hands on with it.

Everyone should be of service in some way. There’s a reason for being here. We’re here fundamentally on this planet right now to be of assistance to one another. And it doesn’t matter whether you help a lot of people or one person. I’m lucky that I can affect many people at one time as opposed to someone who works in the bank.

Read more at the Huffington Post


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