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After co-producing the Time: The Kalief Browder Story earlier this year, Jay Z is bringing another tragic black story to the big screen. As part of his deal with The Weinstein Company, Hov is set to produce a film and documentary series on Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who somehow walked free.

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Jay Z and The Weinstein Company have acquired the rights to two books on which the film and TV series are based: “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It,” a firsthand account of Zimmerman’s trail by NBC’s Lisa Bloom; and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” a biography written by Trayvon’s parents.

According to Variety, a number of other studios were interested in the project, but a “marathon meeting” between Jay Z, Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Trayvon Martin’s parents closed the deal. They made it clear that they were most concerned with seeing their son’s life and legacy honored.

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