Grammy Award winning artists Beyonce and Fantasia were both working hard, performing or getting ready to perform, when Florida man George Zimmerman was found 'not guilty' of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
Moved by the verdict and the loss of an unarmed teen, both women stopped their planned shows Saturday, performing tributes and holding moments of silence.
"I'd like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon," Beyonce told fans at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Saturday.
With just a few lights illuminating the stage, Beyonce then sang the chorus of "I Will Always Love You" in honor of Martin, before transitioning into her hit single, "Halo."
In a completely different city and venue, Fantasia performed "A Change Is Gonna Come" for Trayvon Martin's family. She later took to Instagram, where she wrote a passionate letter and released a video.
"Just Got Off Stage From Singing Change Gone Come I sang iT to Travon Martins Family. In hopes that they would call it Like it is(RIGHT) I wondered why when I walked off stage I had such a Heavy Spirit and began to weep.. @derickus started checking his phone jumped up and said OMG!!! I Looked saying what is it? AND THERE IT WAS!! The reason why I was so Heavy… My God!!! Earlier I wondered why I look thru my page and seen my own Black Sister and Brothers calling each other Names or downing them for who they Are or how they dress.. WOW!!! DO YOU know how hard we fought to even have a Voice or be who we want to be, dress the way we want or at least GO where we wanted to Go. . STOP IT!!! IM CRYING OUT!!! Where there is unity there is strength. .. Pray!! If you are a Mother, Aunt, Uncle, Brother, Father think of your kids or even if it was YOU!! Pray for the Martins. .. And Stop F**king picking with your OWN PEOPLE. .. #ANGRY #BOTHERED #SAD #MAD," Fantasia wrote.