In a press conference earlier today (October 6), the music mogul shared the details about the freshly announced documentary series about Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was imprisoned on Rikers Island for three years without a conviction who later committed suicide.
While addressing reporters, Jay Z answered a question about police brutality, and his response was exceptionally on point.
One reporter from CNN asked Hov what he feels is "the best way to [stop] police brutality against African-American men." In his response, Jay Z placed a strong focus on the importance of respect from both law enforcement and civilians.
"When you have compassion for what someone goes through — we're all looking for a short embrace at time," the rapper says. "Judgment is the enemy of compassion. When you are able to identify that…we’re all not perfect, we may make mistakes. All of us, every single one of us."
He then went on to elaborate on the importance of compassion in relation to how while filming the lack of compassion (i.e. moments of police brutality), the camera itself will never fix that problem.
"When you have compassion for what someone’s going through and their plight, my personal belief, having the camera on someone creates more distrust," he continues. "When we have an exchange and it has to be recorded, something’s wrong there, something’s broken. A camera can’t fix a relationship between a person that’s hired to protect and serve and society. There has to be a relationship. There has to be respect on both sides."
Needless to say, we're excited Jay Z is utilizing his new business partnership to help tell and share these important stories, such as Browder's, and that the entertainment company's new content will be focusing on issues of mass incarceration and police brutality.
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