It looks like JAY Z’s newfound partnership with The Weinstein Company is already beginning to bear fruit. Via a recent news conference (above), the Hip-Hop mogul and Harvey Weinstein announced two projects: the first being his taking on the long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic titled Is It Something I Said. As a result, Empire director Lee Daniels (who previously left the film’s production) is back on board; presumably, comedian/actor Mike Epps will still be playing as the title character.
The second project revealed is definitely more serious: JAY will be creating a six-part docu-series titled TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, which centres around its namesake Kalief Browder and his short-lived life. Browder (at 16) was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack; he was then unlawfully held at Rikers Island for three years, two of which was under solitary confinement or “administrative segregation”. Following his release, he committed suicide two years later. Adding in his various suicide attempts while in prison, many (including us) feel that it was Browder’s time in prison that attributed to a decline in his mental health.
Is It Something I Said is said to begin production early next year, which should be the same time that TIME
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