Netflix has acquired the rights to produce a documentary that will focus on Cyntoia Brown’s unjust incarceration and fight for clemency.
While the project is currently untitled, Netflix has lined up Daniel H. Birman to direct the feature. In 2011, Birman chronicled Cyntoia’s experience in Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story. The director has been following Cyntoia’s ordeal since 2004, when Brown was convicted of the murder of a 43-year-old ephebophile that solicited her for sex.
Cyntoia’s fight for clemency made national headlines in December 2018. After tens of thousands were led to sign a petition urging a judge to hear her case, Cyntoia’s request was amplified by celebs that had taken up the mantle of public servant. Kim Kardashian West, Viola Davis, Ashley Judd, and Amy Schumer were among those who called for justice for Cyntoia. Eventually Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted executive clemency, releasing Cyntoia from prison after 15 years of incarceration.
While this project is set to air on Netflix, it is unclear if any details regarding Cyntoia’s journey will overlap in Kim Kardashian West’s criminal justice documentary. KKW has been working on a two-hour special that is greenlit for Oxygen Media. With a working title of “The Justice Project”, the documentary is still in production and currently has no release date.
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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss
Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”
As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.
I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy
Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet
She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it.
One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another
But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing.
I guess the ego hurt now / It’s time to go to work / Wow
Look at him go / He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it’s people in trees?
She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.”
It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?
And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers
They talkin abolishing the police
This the new world order
Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society.
Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.
As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free.
And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!