Jay Z On Kalief Browder Docuseries: ‘His Story Will Save A Lot Of Lives’
Jay Z was recently in attendance at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of his documentary series on Kalief Browder, where he proceeded to respond to a number of questions in relation to the project, including the importance of the docuseries and Browder’s story.
“I believe this young man, his story, will save a lot of lives,” he said to the Associated Press. “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 is not like one case that happened. 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.”
However, there was one topic in particular the artist and entrepreneur was not comfortable in sharing his thoughts on — Donald Trump.
When one reporter attempted to get Jay Z’s thoughts on the 45th president of the United States, he responded “Not going to answer that.” From there, Harvey Weinstein (who serves as an executive producer alongside Jay Z) intervened and ended the interview.
Titled TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, the show will feature dramatic reenactments of the young man’s life, archival footage, as well as interviews with family and friends. It is set to air as a six part series beginning in January on Spike TV.
A synopsis of the series (courtesy of the Sundance website) as is follows:
“After his arrest at age 16, Kalief Browder fought the system and prevailed, despite unthinkable circumstances. He became an American hero.”
A trailer for the docuseries was released last month. The two and a half minute video gives a glimpse into TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, and begins with Browder being questioned on May 15, 2010 before leading into an overall preview of the show.