One of the most inspiring and effective man goes to none other Rapper, Sean “Jay Z” Carter. Yet, there was a young man name Kalief Browder, which inspired Jay to tell the world, “The Kaleif Browder Story” about real life events that took place in America. Jay even called Browder, “The Modern Day Prophet.” Jay was moved with such compassion he brought the story to light to Harvey Weinstein and Spike TV to produce a film. The new series will make its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in January.
On October 6th at a press conference which included Carter, Venida Browder (Kalief’s mother; died a week after the press conference from heart complications), Spike TV and Weinstein Company were at the announcement of documentary series about Kalief Browder.
“This young man got dealt a horrible hand in the way and that’s his story and his life inspires others and saves lives. I think it’s very clear solitary confinement for a 16 year-old is wrong to every single person in here. It’s inhumane.”
16 year old Kalief Browder was arrested on May 2010 and was stopped by the police and arrested on false charges for robbery. Unfortunately, his family was unable to make the $10,000 bail and was taken to Rikers Island. After three years Kalief, was offered a plea deal where he would admit to committing the crime in exchange for a reduced sentence. Since he already served more than two-years at Riker’s Island he would go home after already serving is time for a crime he already “committed”. If he goes to trial he would face up to 15- years in prison. Kalief choose not take the plea deal but to prove he is innocent. There (no prior arrest or criminal records) he spent the next 3 years in prison without a conviction. Out of the 3-years, 2- years was spent in Solitary confinement. The case was eventually thrown out. After 5 to 6 prior attempts at suicide, 22 year-old Kalief was successful on June 2015 by hanging himself. January 25, 2015, President Barack Obama announced a ban on Solitary Confinement for young youths, Stating, “the practice is overused and has the potential for devastating psychological consequences.” New rule also enforce the longest a prisoner can be punished with solitary confinement for first offense is 60 days. Although this new rule wasn’t there to save Browder but it can save others in the near future.
We have no doubt that this Docu-series will tell his story about pain, passion and purpose.
Long Live Kalief Browder!
Written By: Cynthia Casimir