Jay Z’s been diving more and more into film production—with fantastic results—and this new series promises to be his most important project yet.
National Geographic just announced that they’ll be working with the rapper to create a 6-episode show called Race that'll focus on race relations in the United States.
In case you missed it, Jay and his team put out another docu-series just a few months back. Time: The Kalief Browder Story, they shared the tale of a 16-year old boy who spent over 1,000 days in solitary confinement on Rikers Island despite never having been convicted of a crime.
That series was almost universally heralded as a success, so the same team is looking to build on that achievement with this new project in conjunction with the Weinstein Company. Harvey Weinstein himself said of the new show:
“National Geographic and Jay Z are the world’s foremost storytellers in their own right, and we’re thrilled to be working with them on such an evocative and meaningful project. By using highly cinematic storytelling techniques along with Jay Z’s singular point of view, the series will tell a dramatic, thought-provoking story on race in America.”
Race will reportedly be a combination of documentary footage and animation, and is slated to be narrated by journalist Katie Couric.
Meanwhile, Jay Z’s currently working on yet another documentary project about Trayvon Martin with Paramount, scheduled to come out sometime in 2018. It appears that Mr. Carter, the business, man, is quickly becoming a bonafide filmmaker.