Unless you’re buried under a rock somewhere (and hey there’s no judgement here…sorta), you’ve at lease heard of ‘FRUITVALE STATION’. In short, it’s the tragic story of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Oakland, California Fruitvale Bay Area Rapid Transit Station (BART). Played by Michael B. Jordan, the film tells the story of 22-year-old two time convicted felon from Oakland, and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot by BART police in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009. The film’s leading characters, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan, have landed JET’s cover, dishing to the publication on how they prepared for the roles and their emotions that were sparked while reenacting the tragic story. Jordan, disclosed his impression of the media’s criminalization of Oscar Grant:
The way media spins Black men… Once this happened, Oscar is all of a sudden a criminal, a degenerate.
On the contrast between the media’s treatment of Adam Lanza, Octavia noted:
When Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed those children, news outlets painted him with empathy… They don’t do that when dealing with a young man of color— even if they are killed for no reason.
The film hits theaters nationwide on July 26.