In a new PSA urging for prison reform, Pusha T reads the story of Norman Brown, a man who was found guilty of the non-violent offense of crack cocaine distribution and was sentenced to life without parole due to harshly draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws. He was twenty-two at the time. Brown’s sentence was eventually commuted by President Obama and he was released at the age of forty-seven. Multiple other celebrities did similar PSAs reading the stories of formerly incarcerated individuals. Ludacris filmed one, reading the words of Jamal Hanson, a man who spent seventeen years in prison for the non-violent offense of crack distribution. Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Robbins, and Monica also contributed to the campaign. The PSAs were produced by Fictionless for the #MySentence campaign and created by Entertainment Consortium Collaborative Outreach Program. In other news, Pusha T’s brother, formerly known as Malice but who now goes by No Malice, released a film documenting his relationship with Pharrell and the story behind The Clipse. The forty minute documentary is titled The End of Malice and is now streaming on Netflix. Check out the trailer by heading here and watch Pusha T, Monica and others read the stories of formerly incarcerated individuals below via YouTube. Head to FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), Can-Do Clemency, American Civil Liberties Union, and The Innocence Project for more information.
Pusha T Tour Dates:
Monday 27 February 2017 @ Melkweg Max, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tuesday 28 February 2017 @ Train, Aarhus, Denmark
Friday 03 March 2017 @ O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, UK
Sunday 05 March 2017 @ VEGA Musikkens Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
Monday 06 March 2017 @ Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
H/T: Rolling Stone