Will Smith and Jay Z will co-produce an HBO miniseries.

Will Smith and Jay Z are among the producers partnering with HBO to tell the story of Emmett Till, a black teenager killed in 1955 after being accused of flirting with a white woman in Mississippi.

Till, a 14-year-old Chicagoan visiting family in Money, Miss., spoke with Carolyn Bryant, the wife of the town grocer.

They beat him, gouged out one eye and shot him through the head before considering his body down and throwing it in the Tallahatchie River.

Till’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley, insisted on an open-casket funeral so the world would see what were done to her son.

Although his departure became a touchstone for civil rights activists in Mississippi, it finally led authorities to support his killers.

After their September 1955 acquittal, Bryant and Milam admitted to killing Till in a magazine interview, completely aware of their rights protecting them from being prosecuted again.

News about the HBO miniseries, expected to span six hours, was reported first on

Smith and Jay Z formerly worked together on this past year’s Annie remake starring Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.

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