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PHOTO: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Attend Trayvon Martin Rally in N.Y.C. | Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Attend Rally for Trayvon Martin

Originally posted 07/21/2013 09:00AM

Thousands gathered in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Saturday to protest Stand Your Ground laws and to show support for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager shot and killed last year by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty by a jury in his murder case July 13.

And Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among them.

The superstar couple attended a rally in Manhattan alongside a reported 2,000 protesters, including MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton.

"Jay-Z and Beyonce said they didn't want to speak and they didn't come for a photo op," Sharpton said, according to reports. "Jay-Z told me, 'I'm a father. Beyoncé is a mother.' We all feel the pain and apprehension – the laws must protect everybody, or it doesn't protect anybody ... We do not come from hate, we come from love of children."

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Mariah & Nick Renew Their Vows – with Rev. Al Sharpton

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Renew Vows with Rev. Al Sharpton

Originally posted 05/02/2011 11:35AM

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got the gift of parenthood on their third anniversary Saturday and still kept up the tradition of renewing their wedding vows – with the help of the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"I am just leaving Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. She had twins yesterday on their 3rd anniversary. I had prayer with them and the babies," Sharpton Tweeted Sunday. "I also conducted the renewal of their vows and the blessing of the newborn twins. Mariah looks GREAT, and the babies are beautiful."

Before the baby boy and girl were born in L.A. on Saturday, Cannon, 30, joked on his radio show earlier in the week that he and Carey, 42, might have to renew their vows in the hospital. As it turned out, he was right.

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Rev. Sharpton Open to Meeting With 'Dog' Chapman | Al Sharpton

Rev. Sharpton Open to Meeting With 'Dog' Chapman

Originally posted 11/01/2007 02:45PM

The Rev. Al Sharpton says he is willing to meet Duane "Dog" Chapman, the A&E reality star who is under fire for making racist remarks, and would like Chapman to join in an upcoming march on Washington, D.C., to demonstrate his opposition to hate crimes and racism.

Sharpton's v.p. of communications, Rachel Noerdlinger, confirms that the Dog the Bounty Hunter star, 54, has called the minster's National Action Network several times in the past day, seeking a meeting following the public airing of a taped phone call in which Chapman makes racist slurs.

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No Chipping Away at Ice Cube's Movie

Originally posted 09/26/2002 11:25AM

A hit is a hit, and rapper Ice Cube's movie, "Barbershop," is definitely one of them. For the past two weeks, the ensemble comedy has been No. 1 at the box office, generating about $40 million in ticket sales.

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