Jay-Z wants the entertainment industry to use its power for good. The hip-hop mogul penned an open letter in The Hollywood Reporter to encourage his peers to invest in projects that highlight social justice issues like police brutality and the unfair justice system.
"The power of one voice is strong, but when it comes to social justice, the power of our collective voices is unstoppable. Now is the time to recognize that through our voices we really can effect change," he writes.
This year, the rapper released the documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The film highlighted the story of 16-year-old Browder who was held in solitary confinement at Rikers Island for two (out of three) years without a trial. He committed suicide in 2015. "We've seen some of that change slowly start to happen. President Obama outlawed solitary confinement for juveniles. New York has started the long process of closing Rikers Island, the prison where Kalief was tortured, starved and held without a trial," shares Jay.
The rapper's next documentary will cover the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012. "My hope is for my next documentary, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, to create a similar conversation that leads to change and helps keep our children safe. And it's an honor to have the support of Trayvon's family in telling the story."
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