TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story

Kalief Browder (May 25, 1993 – June 6, 2015)

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is a six-part documentary series about a 16-year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime.

Three Years on Rikers Without Trial


A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.

Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter & Weinstein Television Partner With Spike For A Landmark Television Event

Six-part event series tackles the story of Kalief Browder and his legacy that shines a light on the extensive inequality within the criminal justice system.

Spike, in connection with Weinstein Television, and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, are pleased to announce a six-part groundbreaking television event that will take a closer look into the criminal justice system in this country.

“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story” is a documentary series chronicling the life of a 16 year-old student from the Bronx who spent three years on Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime. Kalief Browder was walking home from a party when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent an unconscionable three years in jail awaiting trial–two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Charges were ultimately dropped, and Browder took his own life shortly after being released. Browder’s tragic story has galvanized activists and reformers alike in the name of justice.

The documentary series will feature first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life, as well as exclusive interviews from a wide range of those connected to the story, from politicians to close friends and family members to social reformers.

“Kalief Browder is a modern day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” said Carter. “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.”

Jay Z’s Upcoming Docuseries ‘TIME: The Kalief Browder Story’ — Watch the Heartbreaking First Trailer

Jay Z’s new gut-wrenching documentary has its first trailer.

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, executive produced by the rapper as well as the Weinstein Company, is an upcoming six-part docuseries to air on Spike TV that centers around the tragic story of a black man who was imprisoned for three years at age 16 in New York’s Rikers Island without ever being convicted of a crime.

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Arrested on suspicion of stealing a backpack, Browder’s case never went to trial, and he spent two years of his imprisonment in solitary confinement. After he was released, Browder took his own life.

Jay Z Hits Sundance With Docu-Series on Kalief Browder Tragedy

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter came to the Sundance Film Festival — not with his wife Beyonce on his arm, but Harvey Weinstein.

The entertainment moguls set off a frenzy as they appeared on an arrival line in Park City, Utah Wednesday for the world premiere of “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” a six-part documentary series about the African-American teenager who spent three years locked up in New York’s Rikers Island jail despite never being convicted of a crime or even getting a trial.

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Browder committed suicide in 2015, two years after the case — which centered on allegations of a stolen backpack — was thrown out and he was released from Rikers. His family blamed his mental anguish on the harsh treatment he endured at the jail, including two years spent in solitary confinement.

“What was done to him was a huge injustice,” Jay Z told reporters on the arrival line. “People see his story and realize like, ‘Man, this is going on.’ This is not like one case that happened. This is happening a lot to people especially places where I come from… in the Bronx and Brooklyn and all these places.”

Jay Z and Weinstein serve as two of the executive producers of the series, which will air on the Spike TV channel beginning March 1st. “I believe this young man, his story, will save a lot of lives,” Jay Z said. “It’s very important.”

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