It has been just over five years since a 17-year-old young man named Trayvon Martin was murdered at the hands of George Zimmerman. Martin was just a young unarmed black kid walking home when he came across Zimmerman who was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time. Zimmerman was suspicious of Martin and called for police, but despite being told to stand down, he confronted the teen and in the end Martin's life was gone. Zimmerman would later be acquitted of any charges because he claimed self-defense and sited Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Now, with the help of The Weinstein Company, Jay-z is hooping to shed more light on the teen's life and controversial death with two new projects.
Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company won the rights, after a heated bidding war, to produce two works on Trayvon Martin for the small
screen. The two projects will be based on 2014’s Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, and Rest in Power: A Parents’ Story of Love, Injustice, and the Birth of a Movement, which was published in January.
Suspicion Nation, written by journalist Lisa Bloom who covered the shooting case for NBC, is sharply critical of Florida prosecutors’ handling of the case as it follows news coverage. Rest in Power is a personal account of the teen’s life and death by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who now advocate against gun violence.
No info on when the two projects will be released has been given yet.