Jay Z producing two new, powerful mini-series for Spike, NBC
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Each production is based on the true-life story of a black male in America— one of those males is Nicholas Irving, the U.S. Army's first black sniper; the other is Kalief Browder, a young man who was locked in solitary confinement on Rikers Island at 16 and who later took his own life once released. Both projects are backed by Weinstein Television (of the Weinstein Company), who just announced a first-look deal with Jay Z
Kalief Browder was arrested at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was sent to Rikers Island for three years, despite never standing trial or being convicted of a crime. Browder spent two of his years on the island in solitary confinement. He committed suicide two years after he was released from prison, in June of 2015.
Sterling K. Brown, who recently won an Emmy for The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Irving was so deadly of a sniper he was nicknamed “the Reaper” and had an AR-15 rifle named after him