FILE - In this July 26, 2013, file photo, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, holds up a card with a photo of her son as she speaks at the National Urban League's annual conference in Philadelphia. Martin's parents are recounting the teen's killing and their fight for justice five years after his death. Martin's parents collaborated to write "Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin," published Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017.
Jay Z is bringing Trayvon Martin's story to both the big screen and the small screen. He and The Weinstein Company have just scooped up the rights to two books about Martin, with the intention of creating both a narrative feature film and a TV docuseries. Martin, a black Florida teenager, was unarmed when he was killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. His death – and Zimmerman's eventual acquittal – sparked nationwide outcry and helped give rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the two books picked up by Jay Z and the The Weinstein Co. focus on different aspects of Martin's life and death.
Spiegel & Grau announced Wednesday that it will release "Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin," by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The book, narrated alternately by the mother and father, will tell of Trayvon's "life and struggles, his tragic death, and the transformative movement for justice" that he inspired, according to Spiegel & Grau, a Penguin Random House imprint. Martin's parents also will share the "grief and confusion" they have endured and how they contended with an "indifferent system" as they struggled to make sense of what happened.
On his much-anticipated joint album with Beyoncé, Jay-Z takes a verse in "The Black Effect" to promote his latest venture as an executive producer. "Since the Kalief doc, they've been at my neck/ Y'all can tell'em Trayvon is comin' next," he raps, referencing his 2017 documentary about 22-year-old Kalief Browder's suicide on Riker's Island. Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story now has a release date and a trailer. The Paramount Network docuseries will portray the shooting of 17-year-old Martin in February 2012. The shooter, George Zimmerman, was infamously acquitted of all charges after he claimed self-defense under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
A play debuting at Philadelphia's New Freedom Theatre will explore Trayvon Martin's life and the moments before his death. "The Ballad of Trayvon Martin" was co-written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, a playwright and activist who says he could not shake the 17-year-old's fatal shooting in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. Maharaj wrote the play six months after neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in Martin's death in 2013. It includes spoken word and dance. Maharaj says Martin's death is on a continuum that includes the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter movement.