Wonder lays down the law after Trayvon

Posted: July 18, 2013

WHEN IT comes to "stand your ground," Stevie Wonder is standing his ground.

The legendary singer-songwriter and activist, also quietly celebrating the 50th anniversary of his "Fingertips" album, said Sunday during a concert in Canada that "until the 'stand your ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again."

Wonder added: "Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world."

The "stand your ground" law allows people to use deadly force if they believe their life is in danger.

Even if they cause their life to be in danger.

It didn't seem to apply, however, to Marissa Alexander, the black woman from Jacksonville, who'd never been in trouble previously. When Marissa thought she was in danger from her husband, Rico Gray, who'd shortly before tried to strangle her, she fired a warning shot into the ceiling.

Not only did she not kill him, she didn't even nick him.

This mother of three was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Nas goes to Harvard

Harvard University, the Penn of Massachusetts, announced yesterday that rapper Nas (a/k/a Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) is being honored with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

It's a joint venture with Harvard's Hip-Hop Archive.

And, no, that doesn't mean joints are involved.

The fellowship will assist students who excel in the arts "in connection with hip-hop."

Nas is one of hip-hop's most celebrated lyricists, best known for his reflective rhymes and deep storytelling. His 11th album, "Life Is Good," was released last year. It earned four Grammy nominations. His hits include "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)," "Street Dreams" and "I Can."

The Hip-Hop Archive was established at Harvard in 2002.

'Hamlet' goes global

Shakespeare's Globe theater announced yesterday that it plans to tour a production of "Hamlet" to every country in the world, about 205 nations and territories in all.

The small-scale production, performed by a cast of eight, will tour the world between April 2014 and April 23, 2016 - the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

"By train, coach, plane and boat, we aim to take this wonderful, iconic, multifarious play to as many fresh ears as we possibly can," said artistic director Dominic Dromgoole.

"We are aware that it is insanely ambitious," said Globe spokeswoman Emma Draper. But she said the company - and the British Council, a government-backed agency that will support the tour - believed it to be possible.

"The six simplest words in the English language are 'to be or not to be,' " theater director Peter Brook said. "There is hardly a corner of the planet where these words have not been translated.


* London's Daily Mail reported that last week's hot couple, "Man of Steel" Henry Cavill and "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco, are this week's noncouple.

Dare we say, that was faster than a speeding bullet.

* Sounds like a "Canadian Horror Story."

TMZ.com reports that Emma Roberts was arrested in Canada on July 7, after allegedly bloodying the nose of her "American Horror Story" boyfriend, Evan Peters, during an altercation in their hotel room.

A law-enforcement source told TMZ that Evan also had a bite mark.

Evan, 26, chose not press charges, so Emma, 22, was released.

They're reportedly back together.

* TMZ.com also reports that Honey Boo Boo's Mama June has said in New York that America needs to elect a female president.

Tattle doesn't expect we'll be seeing that endorsement on Hillary Clinton's bumper stickers.

* Unjailed members of the provocative Russian performance-art troupe Pussy Riot have released a new music video, nearly a year after three members went to prison for a prank denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The video shows band members in trademark bright-colored ski masks and short skirts, cavorting and shrieking atop an oil rig. Backed by hectic guitar and a drum fusillade, they liken Putin to an Iranian ayatollah.

As they pour oil on a large photo of Igor Sechin, chairman of state oil giant Rosneft, they shout "Homophobic reptile - get out of history."

One member of the collective, who gave only her stage name of Grelka, said after the video's release yesterday that "the main message is that Putin has spread the country's wealth among his friends."

And that's different from any other world leader ever, how?

Josh Duhamel told "Live with Kelly and Michael" this morning that wife Fergie is having a baby boy.

Guess that means he'll have a black-eyed pee-pee.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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