Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company are about to pay tribute to Trayvon Martin in the most amazing way.
Martin was killed on February 26, 2012, by a self-imposed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman who targeted the unarmed teen because he was Black and wearing a hoodie. Zimmerman was later acquitted of any wrongdoing. However, the 17-year old’s death sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
Under his two-year deal with The Weinstein Company, Jay-Z has optioned two books to bring Martin’s story to the big screen. The books are titled, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by the slain teen’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. Instead of combining the books into one script, Weinstein and the hip-hop mogul are producing two separate projects.
Following the structure of Jay-Z’s most recent project, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, which is now airing on Spike and BET, one of the books will be a six-part docuseries that will follow Trayvon Martin’s life, death and the case that sparked a revolution. Like The Kalief Browder Story, it will probably combine interviews with those closest to Martin, archival footage and reenactments of the young man’s life. The other book is set to be turned into a feature film.
Since signing on to produce Kalief Browder’s story, a young man who was held on Rikers Island for over three years as a juvenile without ever being charged with a crime, Jay-Z has been adamant about telling stories that shine a light on the rampant racial injustice that continues to plague our country.
Since his death, Trayvon Martin’s parents have been resolute about honoring their son’s life and legacy, and we can’t think of a better way to do so than these projects.