As part of Jay Z’s new first-look deal with the Weinstein Company, he promised to tell the stories of “real-life prophets.” We now know one of them: Hov has partnered with Spike TV for what’s being called a “groundbreaking” docuseries about Kalief Browder that will “forever change the way we look at the criminal justice system in this country.” TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is set to air in six parts starting in January 2017. Browder’s story sparked national outrage last summer when the 22-year-old former Rikers Island inmate, who spent three years in prison without ever being convicted, committed suicide two years after his release. The charges against him, stemming from an arrest over his alleged theft of a backpack when he was 16, were ultimately dropped. In a statement, Jay Z calls what Browder endured a “failure of the judicial process,” just one of the country’s many injustices that Jay Z has recently taken upon himself to personally correct.
Browder. Photo: ABC News