Jay Z and legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinsten announced they will be partnering to make a documentary series about the Trayvon Martin case and trial.
The 2012 shooting of Martin, an unarmed black teenager, by 28-year-old neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, sparked a wave of protests and a national debate about racial profiling, police brutality, and inequality in the criminal justice system and is closely tied to the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Jay has confirmed a six-part docu-series about the case, and the Weinstein Company will also develop a feature film using the books as source material. Though his Shawn Carter Foundation provides scholarships to low-income students attending college, Jay Z has been criticized in the past for not speaking up enough about issues affecting his community. This may be the start of a new phase in Jigga's role as a philanthropist. Weinstein's company won critical acclaim for "Fruitvale Station," a film about the true story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2009 by a Bay Area BART officer.