Jay-Z’s Trayvon Martin Documentary is Coming this Spring

The trailer to the JAY-Z-produced docu-series Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story surfaced and is expected to release later this spring. This comes right on the heels of the March for our lives this weekend that called for gun reform all around the country; a protest met with some resentment because of the perceived lack of inclusion of people like Trayvon Martin.

Now the six part docu-series about the life and death of Trayvon Martin has announced it will make its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. The the unarmed 17-year-old high school student was tragically gunned down by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Florida on February 26, 2012. The murder and subsequent acquittal set off a wave of national protests against racial bias and an unjust criminal justice system, and inspired the initial formation of the Black Lives Matter movement. After the tragic incident, Martin’s parents went on to write the book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

On the project, JAY-Z stated:

“We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through. His name will sit alongside some of the greats [who] lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the [Gandhis]; that’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.”

Watch the trailer below, and expect for Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story to make its debut at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City between the dates of April 19-28, 2018.

Jelani Arthur Williamson