JAY-Z Hopes His Trayvon Martin Documentary Helps Change Laws

JAY-Z wants his Trayvon Martin docuseries to do more than simply tell the story of what happened to the slain teenager. In an interview with The New York Times, Hov said he was hopeful his documentary could inspire changes to the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws in the U.S.

The Times’ Aisha Harris asked Jay if the six-part series had the goal of changing the laws and got a definitive answer from Mr. Carter.

“Yes, absolutely,” he said. “Again, it’s an educational process. This law, we have to get people to understand what it says. Of course, he will not be found guilty. It’s very difficult to be found guilty with this law as it stands today.”

He added, “The system doesn’t work as it exists today. No one wants to talk about that because it’s as if you are bashing police officers. I’m not bashing police officers. I’m just saying the facts do not support this being the answer, the system as it stands today.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Hov discussed regret over his public spat with Harry Belafonte and shared his thoughts on the responsibility of black celebrities to be activists. Check out the entire conversation here.

Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story premiered on July 30 on the Paramount Network and BET. New episodes air on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

Stream the first episode here.