“It Was Hell On Earth!” ‘The Kalief Browder Story’ Is A Must Watch True Horror Story
Jordan Peele’s Get Out is a horrifying fictional commentary on race in America, but TIME: The Kalief Browder Story is about a real-life atrocity that also deserves our attention.
Bronx, New York native, Kalief Browder was 22-years old when he hanged himself. He had been home from Rikers Island for just under two years, having spent over 800 days in solitary confinement. Browder rotted away in prison for a crime that he was never even charged with.
Arrested at the age of sixteen for allegedly stealing a backpack, and with his mother unable to pay his bail, Browder was imprisoned on Rikers in some of the worst conditions in the world. His story was just beginning to make headlines across the country when he died. In an effort to preserve his legacy, Jay-Z and prolific producer Harvey Weinstein teamed up with Spike TV to tell the world what this young man experienced. Despite the emotional turmoil that he was dealing with, Browder knew that what had happened to him was cruel and unjust.
Airing every Wednesday, Spike and director Jenner Furst dive deep into Browder’s life, family, the case against him, and his horrendous experience on Rikers Island. Get Out left us feeling vindicated and refreshed as we left the theaters, but TIME: The Kalief Browder Story will not provide you with that same experience. Visceral and extremely hard to watch, this true horror story unveils some of the worst aspects of our criminal justice system.
Like Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed Netflix documentary 13th, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story uses activists and writers like Michelle Alexander to talk about the history of mass incarceration and the criminalization of Black bodies. However, with Browder at the center, it hits even closer to home. The mini-series, which runs through March 29th, is a tumultuous ride. However, we feel that Kalief Browder’s short life deserves our attention and respect.
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story airs on Spike Wednesdays at 10 PM