The rapper’s second televised project about race and the US criminal justice system.
Jay Z is working on a documentary about the death of Trayvon Martin.
According to Variety, the six-part miniseries will delve into Martin’s life before and after he was murdered by George Zimmerman. It will be based on two books – Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, which was written by Martin’s parents.
Martin’s death at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012 sparked a national debate over racism in the US after he was acquitted of the murder.
Last September, Jay Z signed a two-year film and TV deal with The Weinstein Company to “produce both scripted and unscripted television projects and film projects.”
The rapper’s first project began airing early last month. Time: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-part television series about the late Kalief Browder – a 16-year-old student from the Bronx who was arrested in 2010 for second-degree robbery and imprisoned at New York City’s infamous Rikers Island for three years with no conviction.
Jay Z’s previous film production credits include the 2014 remake of Annie and Chris Rock’s Top Five. He also acted as executive producer on the soundtrack for Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby.