The rapper/producer partnered with Harvey Weinstein and Spike TV to provide the six episode docuseries, “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.” Browder, an African-American teenager, was arrested when he was 16 years outdated and accused of stealing a backpack. He spent three years in Rikers Island Jail Complicated awaiting trial. Browder maintained his innocence however his case by no means went to trial. It was dismissed in 2013 and he in the end dedicated suicide two years after his launch.
“[Browder] was dealt a horrible hand in the way in which it occurred and [I hope] that his story and his life conjures up others and saves others’ lives,” Jay Z stated at a press occasion Thursday to announce the mission. “I believe it’s totally clear that solitary confinement for a 16-year-old is fallacious to each single individual in right here. I believe that it is inhumane.”
Weinstein informed CNNMoney that when Jay Z introduced the mission to his consideration, he knew instantly that he wished to assist inform Browder’s story.
“It reminded my of Les Depressing, when Jean Valjean steals a loaf of bread after which his entire life goes haywire and it is form of like a contemporary Les Depressing for our lifetime,” Weinstein stated. “[The series] will expose the justice system by seeing it. Not by speaking about it. You watch this case and also you say how did this 16-year-old boy go to Rikers?”
Kevin Kay, the President of Spike TV, informed CNNMoney he felt compelled to be part of the mission.
“Harvey referred to as and stated ‘I need to are available in and I need to present you this footage,'” Kay stated of seeing jail video of Browder being crushed at Rikers. “Watching that footage, it was like we now have to make this and no person leaves till we are saying sure.”
Jay Z informed CNNMoney he thinks step one towards ending incarceration tales like Browder’s — and police violence towards African-American males — is increasing empathy towards each other.
“Compassion, you’ve gotten compassion for somebody’s plight,” he stated. “Judgment is the enemy of compassion.”
Weinstein informed CNNMoney he hopes the sequence will assist foster that shift.
“When folks see this, it’ll change all people’s angle and hopefully we carry, like Jay stated, compassion.”
“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” premieres on Spike TV in January.
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed October 6, 2016: four:33 PM ET