Jay-Z lends star power to Florida rally for Trayvon Martin

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2017 file photo, Jay-Z performs on the 4:44 Tour at Barclays Center in New York. The rapper was nominated for eight Grammy nominations on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Four of the five album of the year nominees at the 2018 Grammys are rap and R&B-based albums from black or Latino artists, including Jay-Z. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rapper Jay-Z brought his star power to a Florida peace rally in memory of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, who would have turned 23 this month.

Local news outlets report that Jay-Z joined Martin's parents onstage Saturday in Miami Gardens at the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk. The rally honors gun violence victims including Martin, who Jay-Z described as a beacon of light.

Martin, who as a black 17-year-old, was fatally shot in 2012 in the central Florida town of Sanford by white neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, setting off a wave of racially charged protests around the nation. Zimmerman was later acquitted of all charges in the shooting.

Jay-Z is producing "Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story," a documentary set to air on the Paramount Network.

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