The man who famously said he “wrote his way out the hood” is turning toward a new medium to tell important stories. Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Weinstein Television have teamed up with Spike TV for a series that will rock the airways and forever change the way the justice system is viewed in this country.
The documentary project will center on Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old high schooler from the Bronx who found himself caught up in a nightmarish trap.
In 2010 Browder was walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. Though it was a minor charge, Browder spent three years at New York’s infamous Rikers Island jail awaiting trial because his family could not afford to bail him out. Of those three years behind bars, Browder spent two of them in solitary confinement. During his time in jail, Browder maintained his innocence and even turned down several plea offers before his case was ultimately dismissed in 2013.
Though he was free, Browder remained haunted by his time on Rikers Island, where he discussed being assaulted and harassed. Six months after he was released he attempted suicide. In 2015, Browder succeeded in taking his own life.
The Kalief Browder Story will be a powerful six-part series that explores American freedoms, and who actually gets to enjoy them.
To read more, go to: ebony.com
article written by DIAHANN WILLIAMS via ebony.com