The Word: Beyonce takes a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin

Beyonce paid her respects to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin at her show Saturday nights.
Beyonce paid her respects to slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin at her show Saturday nights.

Beyonce asked for a moment of silence for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin at her concert Saturday night.

“I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” the singer said at the beginning of her concert in Nashville, which began less than an hour after Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted. The lights were then dimmed, and Beyonce sang the chorus of “I Will Always Love You,” followed by “Halo,” according to Us Weekly.

Bey wasn’t the only celebrity who reacted with shock and sadness to the verdict. “A child was gunned down for no reason! And nothing about that sounds like murder? My baby brother is 17, this rocked my whole s***! #thesystemisandhasalwaysbeenph***ed” Rihanna said on Instagram, along with a photo of Trayvon.

“No. My heart is with Sybrina Fulton, Rachel Jeantel, everyone who loved Trayvon and has been sent the message that his life didn’t matter,” Lena Dunham tweeted.

Following protests in Harlem and Union Square, hundreds of demonstrators against the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial marched into Times Square Sunday night, blocking traffic and intermingling with tourists for nearly an hour.

Before 7 p.m., Union Square became overrun with New Yorkers protesting the “not guilty” verdict in the trial against George Zimmerman, accused of shooting an unarmed teen in Florida. The marchers took to the streets, as seen in this Associated Press video.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council to discuss officer re-training

The New York City Council has set a Sept. 8 oversight hearing to learn more about the NYPD's review of police officer training in the…

Local

Brooklyn lawmakers: Let riders know sooner about bedbugs…

Two Brooklyn lawmakers are calling for more transparency when it comes to bedbugs and mass transit. Council Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member Bill Colton…

Local

Jasper Johns aide admits stealing, selling artwork for…

A former assistant to renowned American contemporary artist Jasper Johns pleaded guilty on Wednesday to selling nearly two dozen of his works without Johns' knowledge.

National

Sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers arrested for…

The sister of the accused Boston Marathon bombers was arrested in New York City for threatening a woman over the phone, saying she could "put a bomb on you," police…

Movies

Interview: 'Life of Crime' star John Hawkes likes…

John Hawkes talks about playing a bumbling crook in "Life of Crime" and how he wanted his "Martha Marcy May Marlene" villain to be "bland."

Gossip

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married

The couple tied the knot in Chateau Miraval, France.

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Labor Day in NYC: Make the last weekend…

Soon, it’ll be time for wool accessories and knee-high boots. Even the Pumpkin Spice Latte has already arrived — but we still have one last…

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

NFL

Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.

NFL

Fantasy football: What to take away from preseason

The third set of exhibition games, which went down last weekend, is the dress rehearsal week.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…