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