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Jay-Z & Will Smith Re-Teaming to Produce Miniseries About Infamous Murder Case
Written by Kevin Donaldson
Two of the biggest names working together in entertainment in our country right now would have to be Jay-Z and… well, yes, his wife Beyoncé, but they can’t do everything together, so how about Will Smith? And this isn’t a musical partnership between Jay-Z and Will Smith either -- instead, the two are teaming up to produce movies and television now, so unfortunately no “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”/“Big Pimpin’” mash-ups.
Jay and Smith's first big screen collaboration was last year's Annie reboot starring Quvenzhané Wallis, and apparently that must have been the start of a beautiful professional relationship as the two have decided to re-team for another project... Though the subject matter couldn't be any different. The twosome currently have their sights set on a six-part HBO miniseries about the murder case of Emmett Till. For those who don't know, (a) shame on you, and (b) Till was a 14-year-old African-American male and Chicago native who was killed on August 28, 1955, for having the gall to speak to a 21-year-old white woman named Carolyn Bryant. Till was visiting family in Money, Mississippi, which is quite a ways away from his home in Chicago, Illinois. This was a major moment in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the case may have even influenced Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
Yeah, no jaunty musical numbers in this project, I imagine...
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- Kevin Donaldson, YH Staff