(But the sad thing is that some of today's black young don't care to study this history and have no idea about it. But go ahead, keep watching twerk videos.) #Repost @balleralert
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According to Entertainment Weekly, #WillSmith and #JayZ are teaming up again to executive produce an HBO miniseries about #EmmettTill.
In 1955, the 14-year-old Chicago teen was brutally murdered for supposedly flirting with Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. At the time, Till was visiting family in Mississippi when he was abducted in the middle of the night.
He was beaten, tortured and shot in the head. His body was then tied to a cotton-gin fan with barbed wire and dumped in the Tallahatchie River.
His mother, Mamie Till Bradley, chose to have an open-casket funeral so the public could see his gruesome remains. His killers, Carolyn Bryant's husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were acquitted by an all-white, male jury.
Previously, Jay and Smith co-produced Annie and the musical Fela! On Broadway. #AaronKaplan, #JamesLassiter and #JayBrown will also be executive producing the untitled HBO miniseries.