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Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, the Weinstein Company and Spike TV Announce Documentary Event Series on Kalief Browder

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When Jay Z tweets, you know something major is in the works.

Earlier this week New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced his commitment to shutting down infamous New York City jail Rikers Island, which was met with great relief from the community. Jay Z, whose current Kalief Browder documentary recounts the nightmare lived by a 16-year-old forced to serve 3 brutal years there without a formal conviction, tweeted in support of the decision.

Tweeting a screenshot of the article announcing the news, he writes,”Kalief is a prophet. His story will save lives. You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. Thank you.”

John Legend also tweeted about the prison’s closing.

Celebrities weren’t the only ones to applaud the decision by the mayor. Community members, including former Riker’s inmates, rejoiced at the idea of the nightmarish prison being closed for good. “I had to become someone I was not,” former inmate Vidal Guzman told The Guardian. “I had no idea a place in my city could be so harsh and so violent. Getting into vicious fights was part of everyday life, part of survival, there were fights over everything – a phone, food, something small you owned. I’ve seen people get badly cut, and often the guards let it happen.”

Others who have spent time on Riker’s include Tupac, Lil Wayne, DMX and Bobby Shmurda.

SOURCE: The Guardian | IMAGE CREDIT: Getty


Jay Z Applauds Mayor DeBlasio’s Decision To Close New York’s Infamous Rikers Island was originally published on globalgrind.com

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12 thoughts on “Jay Z Applauds Mayor DeBlasio’s Decision To Close New York’s Infamous Rikers Island

  1. Riker’s should’ve been closed centuries ago.

    Now the big question is, what is DeBlasio going to do with the inmates-where are they going to be housed while a new prison is being built???

    If not for the savage environment at Riker’s-maybe Mr. Browder would not have committed suicide.
    I guess he could not tolerate the conditions and chose death instead.

    There has got to be a better way than incarcerating our young men and throwing away the keys!!!

  2. ResponsibilityInControl on said:

    How about a real issue Jay-Z visit Chicago and hold a rally to bring awareness to the violence. They should keep it open as an example, additionally if people were to obey the law they wouldnt have to worry about going.

    • I would agree but this kid was what 14-215 years old held for 3 years AND NEVER CHARGED WITH A CRIME. And the charge was he was alleged to have stolen a back pack ? Really? seriously? His blood is on the correction department and all the people who llowed this to happned to him.

  3. jhuff on said:

    Humm guess they’ll start housing those rapist’s and murderers at Gracie Mansion,
    But then again Obama blew smoke up his supporters azz by vowing to close Gitmo

  4. Diane on said:

    They aren’t closing it today. It’s going to take ten yrs to close the pl. They will have time to answer those questions. Why do u keep frequenting this website?? All you ever do is critique every damn thing. People have grown tired of u. Go away!!!

  5. Chris on said:

    Hey Jasmine Alyse, how about writing a complete story, instead of just copying and pasting, how about asking questions like: “Where are the current inmates going? What’s gonna happen with all that land? Who’s gonna get to develop that land? Is DeBlasio gonna get something under the table for it?”

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