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Jay-Z is a master storyteller, and with Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, he’s executive producing a story that should never be forgotten.
The first trailer for the docu-series — which is based on the book written by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin — transports audiences back to 2012 and features Sybrina and Carmelo Anthony discussing how Trayvon’s death inspired the African-American community to fight against injustice.
Jay has been vocal about the importance of protesting, and that theme shines through Rest in Power’s brief but powerful trailer. In a 2013 interview with Elliot Wilson, the “Family Feud” rapper described his feelings regarding Trayvon’s death.
“I was really angry, I didn’t sleep for two days,” Jay said. “I was really angry about it. We all knew there was still a bit of racism in America but for it to be so blantant… ask yourself the question: didn’t Trayvon have a right to stand his ground? He was being chased, he fought back. He may have won. That doesn’t mean he’s a criminal.”
Rest in Power is the most recent example of Jay continuing to shine a light on issues facing the black community. In 2017, he executive produced TIME: The Kalief Browder Story about the wrongful incarceration, abuse, and subsequent suicide of Browder after he spent three years on Rikers Island, even though he was never convicted of a crime.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story premieres July 30 on Paramount Network.