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Trayvon Martin's Parents Are Writing A Memoir

'Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" will be out at the top of 2017, just a head of the five year anniversary of his death.

Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House's One World imprint sat with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his new initiative in the literary world of black and brown authors. Jackson, a Harlem raised New Yorker, didn't divulge any information about the Prince memoir, however, he did offer a few details about the memoir being written by Trayvon Martin's parents.

"I'm doing a book with Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin's parents," Jackson said. "It's amazing. Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter," Jackson said.

Jackson said "Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" isn't just a book about Trayvon Martin's short life. "It's not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it's also how that moment ignited this global movement," Jackson continued.

On February 26, 2012, while spending time with his father, Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin returned home from a nearby convenience store after purchasing a pack of Skittles and ice tea. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchmen, called 911 and reported "a real suspicious guy." Ignoring the instructions by the dispatcher, Zimmerman got out of his vehicle and followed Martin, which set off a confrontation that led to Trayvon death.

Since Trayvon's death, Sybrina Fulton, along with several other mothers who have lost their sons to gun violence and law enforcement, have been on the front lines doing all they can to ensure no other parent endures what they've experienced.

"Rest In Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" will be released January 17, 2017.

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Playboi Carti Released From Jail Following Arrest In Georgia

Playboi Carti posted bond and was released from custody in Georgia following a brief arrest. Carti was apprehended on Thursday (April 3) after authorities in Clayton Country pulled him over in a Lamborghini for driving with expired tags, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Per a news release from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office’s COBRA task force, deputies found three firearms, 12 bags of weed, xanax, codeine, and oxycodone in the vehicle. Carti, whose birth name is Jordan Carter, was arrested alongside another man, Jaylon Tucker. The release goes on to state that Carti, 24, and Tucker, 21, are “facing the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail known as the Hill-ton.”

Both men were taken into custody at the Clayton County Jail. Carti was released on bond soon after his arrest.

According to arrest records, Carti was charged with two traffic violations and one count of marijuana possession. Tucker, was charged with multiple counts of weapons possession during the commission of a crime and violation of Georgia’s controlled substance acts. Tucker remains locked up.

Earlier in the week, Clayton County issued a mandatory shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill announced that his COBRA team would continue to make arrests during the pandemic.  As of Mondau (March 30), the COBRA task unit made nearly 70 arrests since the outbreak began, removed 13 illegal firearms off the street, and recovered eight stolen cars.

“We want to encourage everyone to continues to stay home as much as possible,” Hill said in a statement. “Wash hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and rest assured that the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to protect no matter what.”

 

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What was once slated to be released on June 12, Candyman will now appear in theaters on Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 concerns, Deadline reports. The Nia DaCosta-directed thriller had viewers on the edge of their seats when the trailer was released earlier this year, setting up the box office for a smash of a film.

Candyman stars Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and more. In 1992, the original film was released and instantly became a mainstay within the canon of horror films.

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Revisit the trailer above.

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