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DMX angers black community, agrees to George Zimmerman "celebrity" boxing match

Dana Gethers | 2/7/2014, 10:16 a.m.
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Rapper DMX has agreed to fight Trayon Martin killer George Zimmerman in a "celebrity" boxing match, according to a report released on Feb. 5. The news comes on what would have been Trayvon Martin's nineteenth birthday. Much of the black community, including the Rev. AL Sharpton aren't too sure about the rapper's decision.

DMX, 43, previously told TMZ that he wanted to fight Zimmerman for "every black person who has been done wrong in the system."

Now he will get his chance in the controversial boxing match spearheaded by celebrity boxing promoter, Damon Feldman, which will be aired online and on Pay-Per-View on March 1. Feldman is set to hold a press conference on Wednesday Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. to announce the time and place of the event.

DMX is said to have been chosen by the match's officials out of 15,000 other applicants. Feldman is reported to have said that "the match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time," according to Huffington Post Black Voices.

Sharpton commented on the match at the National Action Network's Black History Month Awards Luncheon on Feb. 5. "We must be very careful not to glorify or in any way sidestep the implications of making someone whose only claim to fame was killing an unarmed young man named Trayvon Martin into a cultural celebrity or hero," he said. "He has the right to pursue whatever he wants in life, yet we also have the obligation to be discerning about who we lift and to what level. It is perfectly legal for him to exploit his fame but we should never forget what he is famous for and not behave like he is a celebrity based on gifts or talent or contributions to society. I am concerned about the precedent that it sets."