Last week, Jay Z announced he’d inked a two-year development deal with The Weinstein Co. for various movies and TV shows. In the press release, Hov said a few projects were already in the works, and today, he’s announced the first one.
With a six-part docuseries, the Roc Nation mogul will tell the story of Kalief Browder, the high school student who was accused of stealing a backpack, and was sent to Rikers Island for 3 years without trial – two of which were spent in solitary confinement. He committed suicide shortly after his release.
Jay held a press conference to announce the film, and addressed police brutality:
“When you have compassion for what someone goes through—we’re all looking for a short embrace at time. Judgement is the enemy of compassion. When you are able to identify that…we’re all not perfect, we may make mistakes. All of us, every single one of us. When you have compassion for what someone’s going through and their plight, my personal belief, having the camera on someone creates more distrust. When we have an exchange and it has to be recorded, something’s wrong there, something’s broken. A camera can’t fix a relationship between a person that’s hired to protect and serve and society. There has to be a relationship. There has to be respect on both sides.”
Time: The Kalief Browder Story is set to air on Spike this January. Read more of what Jay said at the press conference here.
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