The Weinstein Company has partnered with Jay-Z to make a series of films in memory of the Trayvon Martin. “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin,” Injustice was written by Lisa Bloom, an American Civil Rights Attorney and daughter of well-known attorney Gloria Allred. “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” was written by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin and is a more personal story that chronicles the teenager’s short life.
Martin, who was unarmed and had no prior criminal history, was shot and killed on February 26, 2012 while walking in his father’s neighborhood in Sanford, Fla. George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, noticed Martin walking and suspected him of wrongdoing. Zimmerman called 9-1-1 but was advised to stay in his car. He refused to listen and proceeded to confront Martin and is accused of shooting him in the chest, killing him.
Although Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, he was charged with murder. He was later acquitted by an all-female jury, which sparked national outcry and led to the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. At the announcement of his acquittal, Zimmerman’s attorneys can be seen shaking hands with him, all smiles after such a grueling experience.
They obviously were not thinking about Martin whose life was so severely and unexpectedly cut short that fateful night. They also were not thinking of Martin’s family who would no longer see him smile, or hear his laughter. However, Jay-Z is thinking of Martin and so is the Weinstein Co. Heated battles were said to have taken place to win the rights to the books about Martin’s life and tragic death.
Jay-Z is known for his work as rapper and producer, The Weinstein Co. is known for their work on the movie “Fruitvale Station,” which earned critical reviews, and chronicles the story of another tragic murder of a young unarmed black man killed by police, Oscar Grant. The plan is to produce a six-part series of film and television programs based on the life of young Martin.
It is hoped it will shed light on some unanswered questions, and give hope to our nation that has suffered unnecessary loss of life through violence.
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