This Rapper Is Producing A Documentary Series About Trayvon Martin
Jay Z is partnering with the Weinstein Company to create a film and documentary series about the life and death of Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter movement that followed.
The plan is to make a six-part docu-series, to be produced by Jay Z, based on the books “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” according to Variety.
“Suspicion Nation,” written by Lisa Bloom, details her experience covering the Zimmerman trial for NBC. “Rest in Power” was written by Trayvon’s parents and tells a more personal story of his childhood through the events following his death.
George Zimmerman, a mixed race Hispanic man, shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, an African-American, while serving on the neighborhood watch in his Florida community. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self defense after a physical altercation, but Martin was unarmed.
Zimmerman was later acquitted of his second-degree murder charge leading to protests over racial inequalities and alleged profiling in the criminal justice system.
The Weinstein company reportedly finished the deal brokered by Jay Z last week. Their primary goal is to honor the life and legacy of Martin through the series.