A trailer for a new project being executive produced by Jay Z titled “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” just hit the internet.
The trailer gives fans a glimpse into the upcoming six-part documentary series chronicling the life of Kalief Browder, who spent three years on Riker’s Island, even though he was never convicted of a crime.
The tragic tale began when Kalief was just 16-years-old. The teenager was walking home from a party in the Bronx, when he was arrested for alleging stealing a backpack.
Browder was stuck on Riker’s Island, because he was unable to make the $10,000 bail set for him over the backpack charges.
Even though the case never went to trial, and the charges were ultimately dropped, Kalief Browder spent three years on Rikers Island – two of them in solitary confinement.
“It’s very hard when you are dealing with dudes that are big and have weapons and shanks and there are gangs,” Kalief Browder told ABC News in 2013. You know, if you don’t give them what they want you know they are going to jump you. And it’s very scary.”
In June of 2015, when he was twenty-two years old, Kalief committed suicide due to the depression and anxiety that he suffered from because of the ordeal.
Through archival footage, first person accounts, and recreations, Kalief Browder’s story is brought to life, to make a statement on the criminal justice system.
Jay Z discussed the issue, Jay-Z discussed Kalief Browder’s story in a press release, shortly after the deal with the Weinstein television.
“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story is a failure of the judicial process,” Jay Z said. “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system. His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”
“Time: The Kalief Browder Story” is slated to debut in June of 2017.”