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Chaka Khan Boycotts Florida Over Zimmerman Verdict
Black Entertainment Television ^ | July 31, 2013 | Latifah Muhammad

Posted on 07/31/2013 12:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Chaka Khan has joined fellow performers in the boycott of Florida, as a show of solidarity against the not guilty verdict handed down to George Zimmerman earlier in the month.

Khan recorded a song in honor of Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down by Zimmerman last February. In a Huffington Post interview, the legendary songstress revealed that she, like Stevie Wonder, is shunning the Sunshine State. "I am boycotting Florida," she said. "I had a booking there last week and I canceled it."

However, if a gig in the state involves paying homage to Martin, she won't turn her back on the slain teen. "If any tributes come up I'll do it. Absolutely."

Zimmerman's acquittal of second-degree murder was "a travesty" according to Khan, and more proof that "racism is still very much alive and well" in America. "It has gone to more of a cerebral state. But it's alive and well. The new slavery is keeping Black men in jail."

A native of Chicago, the "Through the Fire" singer went on to address gun violence in the Windy City. Last year, the Chi surpassed 500 homicides and clocked more than 40 in the first month of 2013 for a record-breaking 31 days of bloodshed. "It's insane," Khan continued. "These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage. If we were still living in villages it would be very different."

She also publicized an anti-violence rally to be helmed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago this weekend.

In between career commitments (her new album, The iKhan Project, will be out sometime this year), Khan likes to make time for activism and believes others should follow suit. "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."


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: blackkk; boycott; chakakhan; florida; georgezimmerman; hollywoodreds; lookatme; music; publicitywhore; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman
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I know, I thought she was dead, too. And no, I did not make up the reporter's name.
1 posted on 07/31/2013 12:03:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My consumption of Chaka Khan music will remain steady...


2 posted on 07/31/2013 12:05:21 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ha! I was just going to say I thought she was dead!


3 posted on 07/31/2013 12:05:36 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Say it ain’t so! I am not sure that I can go on after hearing this news.


4 posted on 07/31/2013 12:05:37 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WHO AND SO WHAT?
LOL.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 12:05:51 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If there were a severe problem of racial injustice in Florida, wouldn’t a lot of people leave? That’s not happening. This is the media trying to make a movement, not merely reporting it.


6 posted on 07/31/2013 12:06:05 PM PDT by married21
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is it really a boycott if you didn’t have any gigs to begin with? I’m pretty sure Chaka Khan isn’t packing them in in Florida or anywhere else.


7 posted on 07/31/2013 12:06:14 PM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, see, another sign of the coming apocalypse. The tens of millions of people who will... er.. wait, who was this again??


8 posted on 07/31/2013 12:06:24 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: onyx

What is she a Q-list celebrity? Maybe even an R.


9 posted on 07/31/2013 12:06:51 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is she?


10 posted on 07/31/2013 12:07:06 PM PDT by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” “I am boycotting Florida,” she said. “I had a booking there last week and I canceled it.”


where was the booking”?? Fred’s Friday Night Fish Fry??


11 posted on 07/31/2013 12:08:09 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

sssssshhhhh... It’s a secret cracka conspiracy to get more blacks to move out of retirement vacation land.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 12:08:28 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage”. yes, kids like Trayon Martin.


13 posted on 07/31/2013 12:08:56 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d boycott Yvette Stephens if I could be bothered. But then her two ex-husbands may have already beaten me to it.


14 posted on 07/31/2013 12:09:05 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: onyx

Dang, and here I was all set for a road trip...


15 posted on 07/31/2013 12:09:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

ROTFL.


16 posted on 07/31/2013 12:09:48 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought Roberta Flack did “thru the fire” oh well.
She looks pretty good ‘cause she is no spring chicken.


17 posted on 07/31/2013 12:10:08 PM PDT by ronniesgal (Hey if the NSA is reading this....gfy. thnkskbye.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am shock-shock-shocked by this development.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 12:10:20 PM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: fhayek

LOL.
I have no idea!
She’s nothing.


19 posted on 07/31/2013 12:10:28 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sorry but this goes into the “I could care less” file. Ya gotta be kidding me . . . Chaka Kahn . . . really?


20 posted on 07/31/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT by rhubarbk
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; a fool in paradise

In before I thought she was dead!


21 posted on 07/31/2013 12:11:21 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think all of the trayvonites should boycott, and/or move out of, Florida. I know a lot of folks down there and NOT ONE of the has expressed any remorse about Chaka Kan, Stevie Wonder or any other race agitators boycotting the state.

It’s amazing that these “celebs” see themselves as important ant, or sought after so much, that their threats will hurt the state.


22 posted on 07/31/2013 12:12:13 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Khan continued. “These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage. If we were still living in villages it would be very different.”

Dear Chakra,
the problem is that these kids still think they are
tribal members IN a village.


23 posted on 07/31/2013 12:12:15 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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What a shame. I mean, that Florida was buying any of her offerings anyhow. Now she has helped them resolve that issue.

Let all of these rats come out of the woodwork and form their solidarity with the gangsta wannabes who try and get a little Whitey Smackdown whenever they think they can. It just helps draw the lines more distinctly.

Trayvon Martin was a punk teenager who thought he could simply beat up and probably kill what he thought was a white guy who he felt was looking at him worng.

He found out differently. He found out what many criminals have learned when they discovered what the term, "the great equalizer," really means as their life's blood soaks into the dirt.

If these people want to ally with and stand on that side of the line...fine. Their choice. Sooner or later, if they persist in it, it will end up having ramifications and consequences that they, in their finery and liberal/leftist/prgressive fantasy land, cannot possibly count on.

24 posted on 07/31/2013 12:12:38 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Revolting cat!
In before I thought she was dead!

LOL! Beat me by that much.
25 posted on 07/31/2013 12:13:58 PM PDT by ZX12R (Never forget the heroes of Benghazi, who were abandoned to their deaths by Obama)
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To: livius
Look behind James Brown playing the Reverend Cleophus in the Blues Brothers to the female choir soloist who seems to have St. Vitus' disease. That's her.
26 posted on 07/31/2013 12:15:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: onyx

You know how it is, load up a hamper with some kale
and mineral water, and hit the road listening to
the ALL Chrakra station on the satellite radio...


27 posted on 07/31/2013 12:15:11 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh the weeping and gnashing of teeth over this dreadful news!

NOT!


28 posted on 07/31/2013 12:15:54 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This morning my wife asked if I want to meet Madonna.

I told her she better be talking about the mother of Christ.


29 posted on 07/31/2013 12:15:55 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"These kids are using gangs as a rite of passage. If we were still living in villages it would be very different."

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For all the excuses I've seen for black-on-black violence, this is the first time I've seen the existence of cities cited.

This, of course, would explain why there is so little violence in rural African and rural Caribbean areas.

List of countries by intentional homicide rate

30 posted on 07/31/2013 12:16:11 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

dead? I thought it was a guy.


31 posted on 07/31/2013 12:16:28 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure Indian casinos all over Florida mourn the loss of being able to book her act.


32 posted on 07/31/2013 12:16:44 PM PDT by EscapedDutch ("Socialism is great until you run out of other people's money" - Lady Margaret Thatcher)
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To: livius

“Chaka Full-O-Nuts”


33 posted on 07/31/2013 12:17:00 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: JCBreckenridge
My consumption of Chaka Khan music will remain steady...

Mine too, which is totally, completely 0000.

34 posted on 07/31/2013 12:17:58 PM PDT by Mark17 (Yesterday I couldn't spell it. Today I are one, a creepy a$$ cracker)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I loved her on “Land of the Lost” .


35 posted on 07/31/2013 12:21:49 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To offset their boycott I already reserved my hotel rooms for next summer’s vacation to Florida.


36 posted on 07/31/2013 12:23:38 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Chaka Khan Boycotts Florida Over Zimmerman Verdict”

This will no doubt have far ranging effects (considering that most people don’t know what a “Chaka Khan” is).


37 posted on 07/31/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: elcid1970

It’s always thrilling when these forgotten, foreign affiliated has-beens emerge from the past to instruct us lowly Americans in political matters.


38 posted on 07/31/2013 12:25:04 PM PDT by livius
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I am boycotting Florida,” she said. “I had a booking there last week and I canceled it.”

I’m sure the grand opening of Bob’s Mini-Golf and Feed Store just won’t be the same without her.


39 posted on 07/31/2013 12:27:22 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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... "Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down by Zimmerman last February." ------------------------------------------------------------ This truly is how they see it happening. "Gunned down." I can't imagine what the pressure that is on black entertainers to "stand with Trayvon." I'm sorry so many are succumbing to the peer pressure. It is part of the problem.
40 posted on 07/31/2013 12:28:26 PM PDT by MWestMom (Psalms 109:8)
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Wait, she’s still alive? Damn shows what I know I thought she died years ago..please please boycott California too, pretty please


41 posted on 07/31/2013 12:36:50 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unless you are over 50, no one would know who she is anyway.


42 posted on 07/31/2013 12:36:59 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Okay.


43 posted on 07/31/2013 12:41:46 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The other 49 states are now saying “What about us?”


44 posted on 07/31/2013 12:45:29 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: needmorePaine
I am "stuned" and "seriesly" SHOCKED! LOL! Oooohh them were the good old days...and before I'm corrected by freepers here let me just say those words have officially made it into the Free Republic dictionary Hall of Fame!
45 posted on 07/31/2013 12:46:19 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Revolting cat!

Is Liberace’s ghost also boycotting Florida?


46 posted on 07/31/2013 12:46:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

As did American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Peru.


47 posted on 07/31/2013 12:47:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hope these performers who are pulling this publicity stunt have to pay through the nose on their breech of contract clauses.


48 posted on 07/31/2013 12:48:15 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought you were talking about the little hairy guy from “Land of the Lost”.


49 posted on 07/31/2013 12:48:32 PM PDT by Washi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lucky Florida


50 posted on 07/31/2013 12:54:56 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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