Zimmerman Jurors Were Given Hours of Unsupervised Time w/ Family and Friends

According to a report from WFTV in Florida, the jury from the George Zimmerman trial were allowed to spend hours of alone time with friends and family.

This is highly inappropriate, as the verdict could have been influenced by statements or remarks from one of these guests.

From WFTV:

Channel 9’s Kathi Belich confirmed the jurors were left unsupervised with guests at times, which WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said is more than enough time for a member to have said something that could have influenced a juror and possibly impacted the verdict.

Obama Speaks Out on Zimmerman Trial: ‘Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me’

President Obama spoke to the African American perspective on the George Zimmerman trial at a press conference today.

Obama made a direct connection between himself and Trayvon; asserting that he has been profiled in the past, and that could have met the same fate as Martin.

The POTUS also asserted that the outcome of the Zimmerman trial may have been different if Trayvon was white, and called for a review of “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Bill Cosby: There is No Proof that George Zimmerman is Racist

We reported that Stevie Wonder and other artists are boycotting Florida now that George Zimmerman had been acquitted.

Well, Bill Cosby is clearly not going to be in that cohort of people.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Cosby argued that one cannot prove that a person, Zimmerman in this case, is racist unless they say something like, “Hey, I’m racist,” and we should thus not talk about “racial stuff” regarding the reason for and outcome of the case:

Kerry Washington is First Black Actress since 1995 to Earn Lead Actress Drama Nod at Primetime Emmys

Kerry Washington is the first black actress since Cicely Tyson in 1995 to receive a Lead Actress in a Drama nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Washington received the nod for her role as Olivia Pope on ABC’s runaway hit Scandal.

From Shadow and Act:

Cicely Tyson was nominated for her work in the NBC legal drama series Sweet Justice. Interestingly, Sweet Justice would run for just one season. And Tyson didn’t win. She lost to Kathy Baker for her work in Picket Fences.

Harvard University Establishes Nas Hip Hop Fellowship

Harvard is giving love to one of the greatest to ever do it: Nas.

It was recently announced that Queensbridge’s own will have a fellowship named after him:

 

The Hip-Hop Archive, in conjunction with the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship today, which honors the legendary rapper.

Stevie Wonder, Others Vow to Boycott Florida Until Stand Your Ground is Repealed

Stevie Wonder spoke out on the George Zimmerman verdict at a concert in Quebec, announcing that he will NOT play in Florida until the Stand Your Ground law is repealed.

From the Grio:

“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” he told the audience. “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 joins many others who have signed a petition vowing to boycott Florida tourism until the controversial law is thrown out.