Hip-Hop artists are making a statement in 2018. Jay-Z brings home another Peabody Award to the Carter home. The mogul was honored this week for telling the story of Kalief Browder in the docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story.
Browder was accused of stealing a backpack at the age of 16 and was held on Rikers Island for three years awaiting trial, 800 of those days was spent in solitary confinement. The teen faced abuse, mental distress and starvation until he was released in 2013. After his release jail had broken his spirit and he ultimately committed suicide in 2015. JAY-Z revered Browder as a prophet and used his story to depict the injustices and hazards of the criminal justice system.
The jurors for the Peabody award described the documentary as a “powerful miniseries illuminating the greatest flaws of our criminal justice system through the tragic events and death of a young African-American who spent three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime.”