Jay Z Attends Sundance With Docuseries “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”
Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:59:14
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Jay Z was in attendance at the Sundance Film Festival this week, promoting an upcoming six-part docuseries, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which he produced.
The six-part series explores the life and death of Kalief Browder, a twenty-year old man who killed himself after two years in solitary confinement. Speaking with the associated press, Jay Z said, "I believe this young man, his story, will save a lot of lives, what was done to him was a huge injustice, and I think people will see his story and realize 'man this is going on - this isn't one thing that is happening — this is happening a lot for people' — especially where I come from in the boroughs and the Marcy Projects and the Bronx and Brooklyn and all these places."
The Kalief Browder Story is scheduled to to debut on Spike TV on March 1st at 10pm EST. It focuses on a 16-year-old boy detained at Rikers Island for three years without trial after being accused of stealing a backpack. Two of those three years of incarceration were spent in solitary confinement. Browder was eventually released and later committed suicide.
Having read Browder's profile in The New Yorker, Jay Z reached out to him. Speaking at Sundance the rapper said, "It was meant to happen… [Browder] came to my office. I wanted to see him, give him encouragement for those three years of life that he had missed — just offer encouragement and anything I could do for him."
To make the series Jay Z recruited Harvey Weinstein, who also in attendance at Sundance. Jenner Furst was recruited as director and writer Nick Sandow developed the story. The first two installments of The Kalief Browder Story premiered at the film festival.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff