JAY-Z's Trayvon Martin docu-series releases first teaser, reexamines Martin's legacy
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
Jay Z’s Trayvon Martin docu-series has released its first teaser (above), a 20-second look at the commentary surrounding Martin’s death in 2012, an event that helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to the press release, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story is based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. In February 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old high school student, was shot and killed by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, who claimed he shot Martin in self-defense and was acquitted on a second-degree murder charge. The event and Zimmerman’s acquittal led to Martin’s enduring legacy as one of the faces of the Black Lives Matter protests.
Viacom picked up the six-part docu-series in April 2017 for its relaunch of Spike as the Paramount Network. At the time, the series counted Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company among its producers; after Weinstein’s sexual misconduct scandals broke at the end of 2017 (Weinstein denies allegations of sexual harassment and assault), his and his company’s name have been removed from the series, which has also been the case on other Paramount titles like Waco and Yellowstone. Also removed from the latest announcement: any mention of Lisa Bloom, Weinstein’s initial harassment lawyer, whose 2014 book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice was a title listed as one of the source materials for the docu-series.
Now executive produced by JAY-Z, Fulton, Martin, Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willougby Nason, and Nick Sandow, Rest in Power will investigate the themes of “race, politics, power, money, and the criminal justice system” surrounding Martin’s death and its aftermath, according to the press release.
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story premieres in July on the Paramount Network.