Kalief Browder's Brother Akeem Browder Hosts Block Party With A Big Purpose
(AllHipHop News) Akeem Browder has vigorously fought for the life and legacy of his brother Kalief Browder. Kalief Browder was wrongfully arrested at 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack.The Bronx, New York native was held at Rikers Island without a conviction for three years, two of those years were spent in solitary confinement.
Now, his estate is hosting a block party Saturday May 25 in honor of Kalief, said Akeem, the president of The Kalief Browder Foundation.
A statement read, "On May 25th, the streets of Kalief Browder Way & 181st will be filled with laughter and memories as we celebrate Kalief’s 26th birthday with the KBF Annual Block Party."
"We're doing a block party, but what's gonna be different about we're trying to get our elected officials to move," Akeem Browder told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. "We want to end solitary confinement. Its torture. So we have a halt bill. But we have to have influence. So we have gotten influencers to wear our apparel. A lot of celebrities have been buying our shirts, take a picture and post it."
Akeem also told AllHipHop exclusively that there will be a silent protest as well.
"From May 25th to May 29th, we are going to be doing a social media storm," he said. "All the pictures in silent protest all across the world. We have influencers from France, shout out the to UK...Australia. And that is gonna let our elected officials know, all eyes are on you."
Celebs like Jay-Z and Rosie O'Donnell championed the cause of reform in the name of Kalief and helped him get this international attention. Browder eventually committed suicide in 2015 to the dismay of those that supported him, but also underscored the need for this sort of institutional reform.
Now his brother has been fighting vehemently for eradicate in the laws that got himself and Kalief caught up in the system that preys in the poor, the Black and the Brown at disproportionate rates. Browder also plans to run for Mayor of NYC as he maintains The Kalief Browder Foundation. On top of that, he's got movies and film projects in the works.
Check out the whole interview below.