If you ask Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, they’ll tell you they didn’t want this. They’re admittedly regular people who lived a regular life that came undone on Feb. 26, 2012 when their son Trayvon Martin was profiled and murdered by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Now, six years later Fulton and Martin have become the unofficial ambassadors of a movement aimed at ending gun violence.
For their latest venture, Martin and Fulton have teamed up with Paramount for a six-part docuseries about their son’s life, his death and the polarizing effect it had on the nation. Executive produced by longtime supporter Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story provides viewers with never-before-seen footage of Zimmerman’s interrogation with Florida police, never-before-heard 911 calls, and interviews from activists and luminaries.
VIBE sat with Martin and Fulton before screening the first episode of the series at the Tribeca Film Festival and talked about life in the public eye and what they hope viewers will learn.