One of hip-hop’s best lyricists has brokered yet another business deal to help tell stories.
At a press conference with film studio/Hollywood force The Weinstein Company about their new partnership, Jay-Z detailed some of his upcoming projects. One is a six-part documentary about the wrongfully imprisoned Kalief Browder. The 16-year-old spent three years on Rikers Island – two in solitary confinement – “despite not being convicted of a crime,” Big Tigger said in today’s Trending Topics. Browder committed suicide in 2015, and after reading about him in The New Yorker, the entertainment mogul born Sean Carter was compelled to bring it to the screen. “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” is set to premier in January on SpikeTV.
Also in 2017 – “after years of false starts” – “Empire” creator Lee Daniels will direct the Richard Pryor biopic, starring Mike Epps as the iconic comedin. Oprah Winfrey and Kate Hudson are set to be part of the cast while Carter will executive produce.