The pair are uniting to hold a special Spike TV town hall discussion on the second episode of Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The heartbreaking documentary chronicles the life of a young man who was wrongfully imprisoned at Rikers Island and eventually committed suicide. The six-part series is said to be a passion project for the 47-year-old rapper.
“I just wanted to give him words of encouragement, that I saw his story and I’m proud of him for making it through, and to keep pushing,” Jay Z said at a press conference about meeting Kalief after reading his story in New Yorker.
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“He told me that he was going to college. For me, in some movies that are told, the story ends differently. Then I got a phone call from Chaka [Pilgrim, Roc Nation president] and she told me that Kalief had taken his own life. I was thrown, of course, and asked myself, ‘Man, this story doesn’t end like this, it’s not supposed to end this way. That’s not how this story goes. Not in the movies, not in real life.’”
According to Deadline, Browder siblings Akeem, Nicole, Deion, and Kamal will be joined by family attorney Paul Prestia and Jenner Furst, who directed and executive produced the film. The host and other panelists are TBA.
“Time and Punishment” event set to air live from New York City right before the second episode of the six-part docuseries. It also will air on sister Viacom nets VH1 and BET.