Chaka Khan records tribute song, PSA for Trayvon Martin (Video)
Chaka Khan enlisted celebrity friends to record a tribute song and PSA for Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen shot down by George Zimmerman.
The music video, entitled "Super Life: Fear Kills, Love Heals," features Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Courtney Vance, Garcelle Beauvois, Kelly Price, Keke Palmer, Eva Pigford, Terry Crews, Tom Payne, Kimberly Elise, Toccara and Boris Kudjoe, all wearing hoodies in tribute to Martin.
"It's up to us as parents and as a community to come together to make a change. 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, 58, said in a statement.
"Now is the time to use media for the benefit of humanity as a whole," she added. "We have to be the voice for the voiceless, for the Trayvon Martins of this world."
The music video was recorded at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and the song is based on the R&B legend's 2007 single "Super Life." The video also contains contributions from artists who weren't able to attend the recording, including Common, Macy Gray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jasmine Guy, Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith and Dr. Rickie Byars Beckwith.
Martin was killed on February 26 in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch captain who began following the 17-year-old, citing "suspicious behavior." Martin was walking from a convenience store to the home of his father's fiance, carrying Skittles and an ice tea, when Zimmerman fatally shot him and claimed it was self defense.
Zimmerman was not arrested, which has sparked national protests and multiple investigations over allegations of racial motivations and police misconduct, as well as controversy over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.
Khan is known for her 1978 hit "I'm Every Woman," which was famously covered by Whitney Houston in the 1992 movie "The Bodyguard. After Houston died in February, Khan appeared on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" and expressed disappointment about the decision to hold Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton hotel just hours after Houston was found dead in a bathtub in one of the rooms. Investigators worked around her body while celebrities began walking the red carpet to the party.
Watch Chaka Khan's "Super Life: Fear Kills, Love Heals" music video below.