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Jay Z to take part in 'town hall' meeting on Kalief Browder case

By
Karen Butler
Jay Z and Beyonce arrive on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 4, 2015. Jay Z is hosting an event in New York Wednesday intended to spotlight the imprisonment and suicide of Kalief Browder. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Jay Z and Beyonce arrive on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on May 4, 2015. Jay Z is hosting an event in New York Wednesday intended to spotlight the imprisonment and suicide of Kalief Browder. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

March 8 (UPI) -- Music mogul Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and film-studio head Harvey Weinstein are confirmed for Wednesday's Time and Punishment: A Town Hall Discussion.

Also taking part in the New York City event, which will air live on Spike TV, will be Kalief Browder's family and lawyer, as well as prominent civil rights activists. The talk will lead into the second episode of the cable network's six-part, docu-series Time: The Kalief Browder Story.

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The special also will air on Spike's sister networks BET and VH1 later in the evening.

  Browder was 16 when he was arrested in 2010 for allegedly stealing a backpack in the Bronx. He spent three years awaiting trial in Rikers Island, two of those years in solitary confinement. The charges against Browder were eventually dropped, but he took his own life in 2015 after he was released from jail. He was 22.

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