More than a dozen musicians, singers, TV personalities and actors came together to re-record Chaka Khan’s ‘Super Life’ in memory of murdered teen, Trayvon Martin.
Now that’s a cause worth singing about! Celebrities Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, X Factor finalist Stacy Francis, Kelly Price, Kenny Latimore, Terry Crews, Angela Bassett and more joined forces on March 25 at Hollywood’s Henson recording studios to re-recorded “Super Life,” while thousands of marchers took to the streets in support of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old boy shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
The song’s lyrics, from Chaka’s 2007 album Funk This, are eerily similar to Trayvon’s tragic story. “A mama’s cryin’ ‘Cause another young man has gone and died / He’s not some statistic / He’s another awesome destiny denied.”
“We take it all so lightly / How did we get so ‘climatized / On the 9 o’clock news nightly / Genocide of babies / I can’t believe my eyes. … Right or wrong / I’m gonna live a super life.”
Understandably, the song stirs up emotions for many of the artists recording the tribute and PSA announcement. “The song tells how love heals and it’s about being ethical and honorable even when life can be so short and unfair,” Stacy told The Hollywood Reporter. “The biggest thing for me was, I think it’s horrible that someone can throw flour on Kim Kardashian and be prosecuted for it, but this [George Zimmerman] guy… it’s not a good sign of where our society is at. So we all have to do our part and I’m using my voice to help in any way I can.”
The protesters, who marched from coast to coast demanding that authorities take legal action regarding fallen teen, were part of what some are calling “The Million Hoodie March” due to the fact that Trayvon was wearing a hooded sweat shirt at the time of the incident.
“Let’s not allow Trayvon’s legacy to be limited to a fad of rocking hoodies for a week, tweeted MTV VJ Quddus Philippe, who was also present for the studio session. “It’s time for a progressive revolution.”
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