ABC/Fred WatkinsMary J. Blige, Jay Z and hip-hop pioneer Roxanne Shanté are all making their presence known on the silver screen during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Jay Z’s documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which the rapper executive-produced, offers an in-depth look at a former Bronx high school student who was incarcerated for three years on New York City’s Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack.
After surveillance footage of Browder being assaulted by fellow inmates and an officer was shown via The New Yorker, Jay Z met with the young man. Browder committed suicide in 2015 after being released from prison.
And Sundance audiences will be introduced to Roxanne Shanté in the biopic Roxanne, Roxanne. The film explores the artist’s life and role in a series of hip-hop rivalries, records and answer records — including her own “Roxanne’s Revenge” — in New York City in the 1980s.
For more information about each movie, including premiere dates, check out sundance.org.
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