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Jay Z to host town hall discussion about Kalief Browder

DISCUSSION: Harvey Weinstien, Jay-Z and Kalief Browder's family to host town hall special

TO SUPPORT the upcoming Spike TV’s docu-series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, executive producers Jay Z and Harvey Weinstein will join Browder’s family, the program’s director Jenner Furst, and other civil rights activists to tackle criminal justice reform during the sit-down today (March 8)

The town hall special will precede the second part of the network’s exploration into Browder’s life before and after his unjust arrest and detainment at Rikers Island.

Browder was arrested in the Bronx in May 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years on Rikers Island awaiting trial, and out of that time he did 800 days in solitary confinement. He was released in 2013 after the system dismissed the case, but given the stress he endured in Rikers, Browder committed suicide two years later.

In an interview with VIBE, Browder’s brother, Deion Browder, shared his thoughts on his brother’s legacy, and why it will not be tarnished by the neglect of the criminal justice system.

“He’s going to be known for being the voice of millions of 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds, even adults that had the same struggles he went through, the same depression, the same heartaches, the same thought process, and even those who tried to make the same choices he made as far as committing suicide,” he said.

“His legacy will grow from there, and his story will continue to be told for millions that need his voice, that need that support.”

Time And Punishment: A Town Hall Discussion will air at 9 p.m. on March 8 on Spike TV, BET and VH1.

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