ICON MANN Black Men in Entertainment and Multimedia hosted its summer luncheon just hours before the jury announced the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
At the conclusion of the luncheon, the who’s who list of African American actors and industry executives in attendance learned about the verdict, which put a damper on an empowering day of enlightenment and networking.
Actor Omari Hardwick, who recently starred in the BET film “Being Mary Jane,” was motivated to pen a poem in honor of Trayvon Martin called “Little Boy Wonder” the night of the verdict.
“My belief in us, as the human race, sharing the same planet, motivated me too create LITTLE BOY WONDER a Dedication to Trayvon Martin,” Hardwick said, in a statement to AlwaysAList.com.
The poem then sparked the idea for a dedication video called, “LITTLE BOY WONDER: A Dedication to Trayvon Martin” that included Harwick and some of his high-profile friends. On Wednesday, July 17, Hardwick along with ICON MANN produced the video that was directed my Mo McRae.
Comedian Marlon Wayans, “The Game” star Jay Ellis, filmmaker Bill Duke, “E.R.” star Eriq LaSalle, “Jumping the Broom’s” Gary Dourdan, boxer Sugar Shane Mosely, “The Soul Man” star Wesley Jonathan, Screen Gems executive James Lopez, “The Butler” star David Oyelowo, veteran actor Wren Brown, “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” star Robbie Jones, producer Brian Dobbins, “CSI: Miami” star Omar Benson Miller, comedian Affion Crockett, “The Bold and the Beautiful” star Aaron D. Spears, and One Church International’s Pastor Toure Roberts all appear in the video.
“I am thankful to my friends and peers who came and lent their support,” expressed Hardwick.
The prominent entertainers featured in “LITTLE BOY WONDER: A Dedication to Trayvon Martin” join the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary Mary, Stephanie Mills, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx and others who have taken a public stand in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict being announced.
VIDEO: Watch “LITTLE BOY WONDER: A Dedication to Trayvon Martin” now.