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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine featured in Chaka Khan’s tribute to Trayvon Martin


Chaka Khan in her tribute video to Trayvon Martin. (Chaka Khan)
Chaka Khan has released a new version of her song “Super Life” as a tribute PSA to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida high school student who was killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer last month.

Khan, Loretta Devine, Angela Bassett — joined by her husband Courtney Vance and their two children — and other celebrities appear in the video for “Super Life: Fear Kills, Love Heals” wearing hoodies. Martin was wearing the clothing item at the time of his death and it has now become a way for people — both famous and not — to show solidarity with the teen’s family.

Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed he killed the teen in self defense. Zimmerman has not been arrested, leading to a national outcry. Some of Martin’s supporters believe the killing was racially motivated.

“I am a mother, and I’m also a mother with a voice. It’s time for those of us who have a voice to speak out for life, for love and for justice using the same media we’ve used throughout our careers,” Khan said in a news release. “Now is the time to use media for the benefit of humanity as a whole. . . We have to be the voice for the voiceless, for the Trayvon Martins of this world.”

Bassett said she joined the PSA because of her young son: “You just get sick and tired of this dual reality that you have to teach our children. He should be able to live life fearlessly and with ad­ven­ture.”

Russell Simmons, director Spike Lee, Mia Farrow and many other celebrities have helped attract national attention to Martin’s death through social media.

Khan’s PSA is accompanied by the Twitter hashtag #fearkillsloveheals. Watch the video below.

By  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/27/2012

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