As Zimmerman Jury Goes to Deliberate, Fruitvale Station Hits Theaters

The film about the life and death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant killed by BART police in the early morning hours of New Years Day 2009 is in theaters today.

Grant was returning home from celebrating New Years Eve with his girlfriend and friends when a fight broke out on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train. After being detained by BART police, unarmed Grant was shot in the back and killed while laying prostrate before officers. The officer charged with his slaying was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after stating that he shot Grant accidently, confusing his gun with his taser.

The slaying of Oscar Grant prompted several violent protests in Oakland, as well as numerous non-violent events of support, including tribute shows by local hip-hop artists.


The movie, Fruitvale Station, was named after the station where Grant was shot. The heartbreaking and amazingly portrayed film stars Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle, Parenthood) and Academy Award winner, Octavia Spencer. The film was executive produced by Forrest Whitaker. Fruitvale Station won “Prize of the Future” at the Cannes Film Festival as well as U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and is already being considered an Oscar contender.

Fruitvale Station is in theaters now.

  • TimeWillTellu1

    Good Movie y’all check it out. RIP – Oscar Grant

  • ZUBU

    Thats whatup, I hope the movie continues to bring notice to the injustices that happen to young brothas in our Amerikkkan society…. smh

  • andone

    got this and the tapia doc on my radar… both gone to soon R.I.P

    • Tapia?


      • andone

        a doc on the boxer about his rise and fall co. produced by 50… its a first person narrative in tapia’s own words that was filmed jus b4 his untimely death… controversy aside that alone got my attention and interest!

        sidenote: zaytoven jus released a low budget film loosely based on his life… ill be checkin for that too!

      • Johhny Tapia?

        Yeah, good look on that heads up, will definitely check for it.

      • andone

        honestly i wasnt up on it till AHH ft. a thread about it a few weeks back… a lil surprised that u missed it lol but yeah the trailer comes across as deep and worthy of being told/seen… not sure when it will officially drop tho i think their still tryin to flip the project and line up distribution?

      • Might have just forgotten?
        About to youtube Tapia vs Ayala 2.

  • was unaware of the story, did wanna check out the movie though…sad to hear the outcome of that film because it does look like a powerful movie. glad they’re raising awareness to the tragedy

  • johnblacksad

    RIP Oscar Grant!

    Still hurts to this day when i think about that vid… just wrong!

    I didn’t know a movie was being made… I want to check for it.
    (The Roots on the soundtrack… good look)

  • johnblacksad

    “I already know the deal but what the fcuk do I tell my son?
    I want him livin right, livin good, respect the rules
    He’s five years old and he still thinkin cops is cool
    How do I break the news that when he gets some size
    He’ll be perceived as a threat or see the fear in they eyes
    It’s in they job description to terminate the threat
    So 41 shots to the body is what he can expect
    The precedent is set, don’t matter if he follow the law
    I know I’ll give my son pride and make him swallow it all
    Fcuk the pigs! I think the pigs killed Big and ‘Pac too
    If they didn’t they know who did, they got to!
    Who they serve and protect, nigga not you
    Cops shot off of ten G’s but they got Glocks too
    Let you protect yourself, or better yet respect yourself
    Straight into the hospital is where you gotta check yourself
    They be gettin tips from snitches and rival crews
    Doin them favors so they workin for the drug dealers too
    Just business enforcers with hate in they holsters
    Shoot you in the back, won’t face you like a soldier
    Kurt Loder asked me what I say to a dead cop’s wife
    Cops kill my people everyday, that’s life”

    -Talib Kweli (The Proud)

  • Lord Saltsworth McGinty III

    Heard about this and saw the trailer a month or so ago. I am sure that it will be good but I just can’t watch it man. My heart was racing and I felt the anger brewing from watching that sh@t. Reminds me of when I saw Mississippi Burning or Do the Right Thing. I left the theater wanting to kill a mofo. Good that this film will be bring more light to this travesty.

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  • LetsBeRealpeople

    Watching it.

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  • dexter

    just in time for the Zimmerman verdict…ummmmm. Odd timing if you ask me. Still making way for that declaration of Marshall law #riposcargrant
    The revolution will nor be televised… it will be streamed & will go viral.smmfh

  • jubileeshine

    film was effective though they gave pirone a pass. he the one who sparked the whole incident.
    4pm verdict day Crenshaw & MLK

  • jubileeshine

    string! where dafuk is Wallace!

  • jubileeshine

    While support for Zimmerman is not being portrayed on social media in the same way, it has been shown through financial donations to his website, the GZ Defense Fund. This week alone, the site has raised almost $80,000.

  • kreedos

    Wanted to check this out, but didnt know it was about Oscar Grant. Major spoiler alert AHH. I’m not sure I want to check this out now that I know the outcome.

  • dominicancoke

    Im not shitting on dudes death but lets be real this movie is sugar coating the f*ck out of him. he was a 2 tine ex con he had beef with.nigguz and wild out in the bart station not that justify him dying. u wanna make a movie? try amadu diallo totally innocent hard working african shot 41 times by the nypd for having a wallet

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  • jay

    That’s wallace from the wire

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