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.
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.
The former neighborhood watchman who rose to infamy after he shot and killed an unarmed teenager in Florida is once again flexing his earning muscle from the 2012 killing for which he was acquitted. George Zimmerman stands to make more than 120,000 from the online auction of the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin, TMZ reported. The auction, facilitated by United Gun Group, attracted hundreds of bogus bids before it ended Wednesday. The bids were eventually whittled down to seven legitimate potential buyers before the winning bidder emerged Wednesday. In the lead up to his murder trial, Zimmerman solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations for his legal team.
Trayvon Martin's parents have signed a book deal with an expected January release date, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday. The teen who was shot and killed by a white man in Florida inspired the creation of the Black Lives Matter social justice movement and his mother and father, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, want to make sure his story continues to live on. "Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" will be published by Random House's One World. "It first brings Trayvon back to life as the full, three-dimensional, complex kid he was, through his parents' eyes and then to the dark and confusing days following his death, which slowly transform into the blossoming of a powerful, historic movement for change and healing that we're still watching unfold five years later," editor Christopher Jackson said. "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter."
Nearly five years since the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin, his parents are now reportedly considering a run for public office to help stop President Donald Trump from deepening racial divides around the country, according to an interview published by USA Today Sunday. Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father, and Sybrina Fulton, the 17-year-old's mother, hope to "be part of the change" they said the country requires. They said Trump's divisive tactics stand to further empower law enforcement and others to continue practices that led to their son's death on the night of Feb. 12, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. "Since Trayvon's death, we saw how divided the country is on these issues and we saw how the country can come together," Martin said. "You have those that are for uniting the country and you have those that want to be apart.