Parents of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis Share Their Loss at the United Nations

Sitting in meetings in the United Nation’s ornate Wilson Palace by the shores of Lake Geneva in the shadow of the Alps seems an odd place to discuss racial discrimination in the United States.

But the problems of racial discrimination quickly hit home at an event earlier this week that hosted the parents of Travon Martin and Jordan Davis, two unarmed young black men killed by armed white men claiming to be acting in self-defense. Made all the more powerful as it came on the heels of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., their affecting and often harrowing testimony immediately erased the distance between Switzerland and the United States. It made the discrimination present and underscored the importance of the work being done here at the U.N.’s review of the U.S. record of racial discrimination.

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Join hosts Travon Free (Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons) and Mike Drucker (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) as they welcome super-fan actors, musicians, writers, and comedians on a song-by-song journey through the biggest musical of all time. You can even add your voice to the chorus – don’t forget to call and tell us your favorite song at 937-9MYSHOT. 

Episode 1: Adam Savage (Mythbusters) has listened to the Hamilton soundtrack hundreds of times, and still finds things new things to learn and love. He also busts some myths about the musical’s stage design. His favorite song (and he’s ready to sing it) is Hurricane. 

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You may know Jasmine Cephas Jones as Maria Reynolds or Peggy Schuyler. Jasmine describes what it was like to audition for Hamilton and go on to make her Broadway debut in the show. She tells us why she so admires her fellow Schuyler sisters and dishes on that time Barbra Streisand complimented her singing. Plus, she and Travon belt out “The Schuyler Sisters.” This week we want to hear your best Schuyler sister rap. Call us and go for it: 937-9MYSHOT.

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let me give y'all a list of things that you can't do while black:

1. you can’t go to your place of worship while black. ‪#‎CharlestonShooting‬
2. you can’t go to a neighborhood pool party while black. ‪#‎McKinney‬
3. you can’t play with toy guns in a playground while black. ‪#‎TamirRice‬
4. you can’t sleep peacefully on your own couch while black.‪#‎AiyanaJones‬
5. you can’t hold BB guns in walmart although it’s perfectly legal in your state while black. ‪#‎JohnCrawford‬
6. you can’t walk home while black. ‪#‎TrayvonMartin‬
7. you pretty much can’t be black anywhere at anytime.


For moments when you’re defending Black Lives Matter and low-key racists: 

(1) makes irrelevant references to “rioting/violence”; and/or

(2) have the nerve  to make condescending hypotheticals about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would feel about modern anger, modern protest blockades, or modern confrontational civil disobedience.

Anthony Ramos has Hamilton in his bones. He’s performed the show on Broadway hundreds of times in his dual role as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton— but he still gets pumped when “Wait for It” comes on. Before being cast in Hamilton, Anthony was waiting for it, too. He describes what it was like to go from working in a bakery to performing at the White House. Plus, he tells Travon about learning by example from Leslie Odom Jr. and (not) watching his boss kiss his girlfriend onstage.

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‘The Queen of Hip-Hip’ - photographer: Sebastian Faena - fashion editor/stylist: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele - hair: Oribe - make-up: Lena Koro - manicurist: Honey - set designer: Anthony Asaro  - V Jan12

Far left:

  • Polo P wears all clothing & sunglasses Vinnie’s Styles - Jacob & Co. watch - Adidas sneakers
  • Travone Hill  wears Billionaire Boys Club jacket - Calvin Klein Underwear tank - Hudson jeans - Louis Vuitton sunglasses - Y-3 sneakers
  • Cora Emmanuel wears Reed Krakoff top - Armani Exhange leggings - Patricia Field sequin tube miniskirt - Vinnie’s Styles sunglasses - Manolo Blahnik shoes - Kenneth Jay Lane necklaces, bracelets, anklet - Chanel chainmail glove - CCD $H$T belt buckle & dollar pendant - Beats by Dre headphones
  • Darrel wears all clothing Vinnie’s Styles - Jacob & Co. watch
  • Rob Evans wears Rocawear pants - Timberland boots

In memory of those who have been victims of police brutality and to the families of those who have passed. Our voices will be heard

The Queen of Hip-Hip’ - photographer: Sebastian Faena - fashion editor/stylist: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele - hair: Oribe - make-up: Lena Koro - manicurist: Honey - set designer: Anthony Asaro  - V Jan12

Far left:

  • Travone Hill wears Rocawear jacket, shirt & pantst - Adidas sneakers - Alexander McQueen sunglasses - Beats by Dre headphones
  • Cora Emmanuel wears Kanye West top, skirt & shoes - Jacob & Co. watch & bangles
  • Rob Evans wears Rocawear vest, hoodie & shorts - Timberland boots - New Era hat
  • Anthony wears Rocawear jacket, hoodie, & jeans - DSquared glasses - Timberland boots - CCD $H$T hat