Jay Z and The Weinstein Company held a press conference in New York City on Thursday announcing their upcoming television documentary series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The documentary series is set to premiere in January.
The story is about the African-American Kalief Browder who was arrested and later on took his own life after being released in 2013. Browder was a 16-year -ld student when he was arrested and he spent three years in jail without being convicted.
In an interview shared by The Fader, Jay Z talked about ‘compassion’ in stopping police brutality against African-American men, the killing of black Americans by police and the upcoming presidential elections during his press conference.
“When you have compassion for what someone goes through — we’re all looking for a short embrace at time. Judgement is the enemy of compassion. When you are able to identify that…we’re all not perfect, we may make mistakes. All of us, every single one of us,” he said in the interview.
In speaking about the issues that America is facing, he tells that citizens must keep pushing the conversation for everyone’s awareness. He addressed it as human issue and not a political issue.
“A camera can’t fix a relationship between a person that’s hired to protect and serve society. There has to be a relationship. There has to be respect on both sides,” he added.
In a report by ET, Jay Z was able to meet Browder back in 2015, two years after being released from prison. However, after their encounter, the 22-year-old Browder took his own life.
When he got to meet Browder, he told Browder that he was proud of him for making it after being in jail for the past years. He was shocked when he got a call informing him of Browder’s death.
“I was asking myself, this story doesn’t end like this, it’s not supposed to end this way. That’s not how the story goes. Not in the movies, not in real life.” Jay Z shared.
Time: The Kalief Browder Story will feature first-person accounts, archival footage, re-creations and interviews from politicians, friends and family members close to Browder.