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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Man Who Sparked the Fire Behind The Trayvon Martin Protest

Kevin Cunningham started the petition on Change.org, calling for the prosecution of the man who Trayvon Martin.


Reported on MSN, by Miranda Leitsinger, who traced how the spark for the capture of Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, began with Kevin Cunningham on Change.org. The self proclaimed "Super Irish" had it in his blood, as he is the son of activist parents and said when he heard of the Martin case from his secret fraternity for Men of Howard, he knew he had to act.

The Howard University law student thought, "...the death of the one person could be the thing that triggers us to re-look at our society. I think we we need to revolutionize the justice system, for sure, and maybe our culture as well." When asked whether he thought people might be surprised to learn he is a white man, he replied, "[I don't] believe in black and white."

Testing his social media skills, Cunningham was happily shocked that his online petition has gained over 2 million signatures and brought international attention to the 17 year-old's unfortunate death. "What I've learned through social media, you don't have to go through institutions anymore ... Any individual with any idea can make it work if thy have [a] connection to the Internet." 

When suggesting that he start an online petition calling for an appeal in the prosecution of Zimmerman, he was meet with both support and skepticism from others. He recalls, "At Howard, they tell us as soon as you get there, 'If you're going to be a lawyer, you're either a social engineer or a parasite on the society.' [All I want] is to be a social engineer, and that's what my parents were always trying to be ... You could tell there was a lot of people who knew him and liked him [Martin]. It definitely had an impact on me ... it made me feel very good about what I had done, what we had done."

When support continued to swell, Cunningham was urged to turn the petition over to Martin's parents. As Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton stated, they were very "overwhelmed that someone we didn't know would take the time and effort to raise awareness about our son."  The petition has become the largest one in the website's history and although not too much more information about the case has come to light, it has provided a platform for people to sign the petition and keep it in the world's attention.

The full article is found at MSN.




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Thursday, March 1, 2012

WHO'S HOT? & WHO'S NOT! OJN, BFF & Karen Briggs Saving Lives One Note at a Time


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We kicked off the March 2012 Issue of Who's Hot? & Who's Not! Digital Magazine with the OJN & BFF Inner City Youth Benefit Concert, featuring the World Renowned Violin Soul-o-ist, Karen Briggs and Sax Sensation J. Boykins. We also explore the impact on films the Blaxploitation era made. Pay tributes to Whitney Houston and Marie Colvin and much, much more! Sit back for your monthly review of WHO'S HOT!

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