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First Look: Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Marlon Wayans & More Release Trayvon Martin Video (WATCH)

Jay-Z and Beyonce aren’t the only celebrities who rallied for Trayvon and his family.

In a newly released video, a group of Hollywood’s finest actors got together to share their feelings about Trayvon’s murder, the Zimmerman verdict and the state of the black man.

Last Saturday, July 13th, ICON MANN Black Men in Entertainment and Multimedia hosted its Summer Luncheon just hours before the Trayvon Martin verdict was delivered. The Los Angeles gathering was historic in that over 25 black actors and executives (from Blair Underwood to Anthony Anderson, Jesse Williams to Omari Hardwick) hung out together for an afternoon of barbecue and fellowship, not to receive any awards or with any particular goal in mind except to encourage one another.

As the group of African American actors, executives, and influencers left, they learned of the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman. Actor Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane, Middle of Nowhere) couldn’t shake the feeling that something had to be done. “My belief in us, as the human race, sharing the same planet, motivated me too create LITTLE BOY WONDER a Dedication to Trayvon Martin,” said Omari. The emotionally gripping poem that Omari penned the night of the Zimmerman verdict was then emailed to the group of guys who had gathered earlier and together they decided to shoot this 4-minute video, “LITTLE BOY WONDER: A Dedication to Trayvon Martin.”

Last Wednesday,  July 17, Omari filmed the video, directed by Mo McRae alongside Eriq LaSalle, Marlon Wayans (The Heat, G.I. Joe), David Oyelowo (The Butler, Middle of Nowhere), Wren Brown, Sugar Shane Mosely, Bill Duke, Gary Dourdan (ABC’s Mistresses), Jay Ellis (BET’s The Game), Wesley Jonathan, Brian Dobbins, James Lopez (Screen Gems), Pastor Toure, Mo McRae (Ray Donovan, The Butler) and so many more. “I am thankful to my friends and peers who came and lent their support,” said Omari.

This is a truly powerful piece by some amazing men. Spread the word.

Watch and tell us what you think!

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21 Responses to “First Look: Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Marlon Wayans & More Release Trayvon Martin Video (WATCH)”

  1. RosaJohnson

    I have a son, TreVonne, is his name. he went thru profiling, illegal stops in the 90s. I know the fear of losing my only son. all black mothers do. I loved the video and the emotions expressed by all you strong men. we need more dads to be dads to help single women raise heir children, especially the boys. keep speaking out, keep mentoring. keep showing our sons what black manhood should look like.

  2. NairobiNelson

    its a step in the right direction, but the killing of our babies is bigger than this one tragic story. We have to restore the value of life and that every life is too important for one person to take away!

  3. Smartsistah

    Very powerful. True words now my brothers it’s time for each of you to take just a little time to touch the life of a young boy in your life and keep doing what you are doing so others that don’t know you can still be influenced by your manhood. Symbol and Substance is needed. I love you all, you have inspired me.

  4. sanyolouise

    Awesome! We need more men like you in the world! As a single mother of three sons, I couldn’t be more proud and feel heartbroken too at the though that one day, had his life not been taken, Trayvon Martin could have indeed be just like one of you! Peace + Blessings, my brothers!


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