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Trailer for JAY-Z produced Trayvon Martin doc revealed

PICTURED: Trayvon Martin

THE UNVEILING of Rest In Power, the six-part documentary series produced by JAY-Z, is a moving tribute to Trayvon Martin and a powerful examination of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

On February 26, 2012, the 17-year-old was fatally shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer. His killing sparked outrage nationwide as the black community called for justice for his untimely death.

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story represents the impact of his murder from then until now which reflects on the race relations and greater social and political problems in the country.

The documentary which is set to debut on the paramount network on July 30, features interviews from Trayvon Martin’s family members, including his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as archival footage of the protests that followed his shooting.

Earlier this year, JAY-Z spoke at the Trayvon Martin peace walk in Florida. He said: “We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through.”

The rapper continued: “And his name will sit alongside the greats who lost their lives to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther King’s, the Gandhi’s. That’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope to push us in a better direction, so thank you guys for your support. Thank you for being here."


JAY-Z

This isn’t JAY-Z’s first time lending his name and talents to a powerful cause – the rapper produced the powerful Kalief Browder documentary, which looked into his suicide after serving time in Rikers Island for a crime he didn’t commit.

JAY also referenced the internal battles he’s been facing in his journey to shed light on the deaths of young black men. In a new track entitled Black Effect from his joint album with wife Beyonce, the New York rapper says: “Since the Kalief doc/they've been at my neck/Y'all can tell 'em Trayvon is comin' next”.

Watch the trailer for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story below:

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