Rapper, former drug dealer, and Barack Obama buddy Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, otherwise known as Mr. Beyonce, is partnering with the Paramount Network to produce an unscripted documentary series about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to Deadline.com. The announcement came exactly on the six-year anniversary of Martin's death.
Based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Trayvon’s mother Tracy, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story will explore "the heart" of the controversial incident that helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 17-year-old Trayvon was shot and killed in self-defense by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, who was 28 at the time, in Sanford, Florida on the night of February 26, 2012. Zimmerman, dubbed a "white Hispanic" by a news media partial to Trayvon, was later acquitted of a second-degree murder charge, and race-driven outrage across the country ensued.
Deadline reports that the network says the story "is more than a tragic narrative about a young man’s life cut short — it’s a story about race, politics, power, money and the U.S. criminal justice system." That gives you some idea of how the docuseries will skew this "tragic narrative."
Jay-Z will executive produce the six-part series with the book's authors, Fulton and Martin.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is set to air in July. Check out the short teaser video above.