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Jay-Z Attends Annual ‘Peace Walk & Peace Talk’, Speaks In Trayvon Martin’s Memory



Jay-Z recently paid tribute to Trayvon Martin at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk event. Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012.

On Saturday, the rapper told the attendees that Martin should never be forgotten. Jay-Z stood beside Martin's parents on stage when he gave a speech.

"We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys will never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through," said Jay-Z.

Beyoncé's husband also thanked everyone who supported the annual march in memory of Martin who died when he was just 17 years old. He would have turned 23 on Feb. 5. Jay-Z and Beyoncé also attended a New York rally that demanded justice for Martin days after his death.

Jay-Z's Trayvon Martin Projects

Last year, the "Empire State of Mind" singer also announced his plans to produce a six-part docuseries as well as a feature film about Martin. The movie Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story will be released in July via Paramount Network.

Following Martin's death, Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder, but he was later acquitted. Barack Obama, who was the president of the United States at the time, urged officials to investigate Martin's death thoroughly.

" Obviously, this is a tragedy... When I think about this, I think about my own kids, and I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and everybody pulls together - federal, state and local - to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened," said Obama.

Jay-Z's 2018 Grammy Snubs

Other than his involvement at the annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk event, Jay-Z also made headlines recently after he failed to bring home a single award at the 2018 Grammys. He was nominated in eight categories, namely Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Song, Best Rap / Sung Performance, Best Rap Performance, Best Music Video, and more.

As of late, Jay-Z has not opened up about his recent Grammy snubs and the Recording Academy did not address the singer's loss. The heads of this year's Grammy Awards were criticized for recognizing mostly male singers. They were also slammed by fans for giving Alessia Cara the Best New Artist award when she is not new in the industry.

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