Kalief Browder‘s story made such an impact on the world that Jay Z is doing a series about him — unfortunately he or his devoted mother aren’t alive to experience it.
According to reports, Venida Browder, the mother of the Bronx man who killed himself after spending three years on Rikers Island has died from complications of a heart attack. The 63-year-old died on Friday, just a year after her son hanged himself with an air conditioning cord following his stint in prison.
Her lawyer said in a statement, “She was a woman of incredible grace and compassion who tirelessly fought for justice for her son Kalief and who championed the civil rights of others in our city. But the stress from this crusade coupled with the strain of the pending lawsuits against the city and the pain from the death were too much to for her to bear. In my opinion she literally died of a broken heart.”
Kalief did three years in prison after being falsely accused of robbing a teen of his backpack when he was just 16 years old back in May 2010. Chilling video footage of Browder’s mistreatment in jail has been making it’s rounds on the Internet for years, causing people to speak out against police and for prison reform.
Just earlier this month, Jay Z announced that he’d be producing a docu-series about the fallen teen, which is set to air on Spike TV in January. Rest in peace to Venida Browder.
Source: NY Daily News |PHOTOCREDIT: Getty
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1. In 2015, Miley Cyrus revealed that she identifies as sexually fluid, telling Paper magazine, “I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn’t involve an animal and everyone is of age.”
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2. Ricky Martin shocked the world when he came out as gay in 2010. The father of two once revealed, “I know that I like both men and women, I’m against sexual labels.”
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3. After photos surfaced of her making out with Michelle Rodriguez, Cara Delevingne came clean about her bisexuality, saying, “It took me a long time to accept the idea, until I first fell in love with a girl at 20 and recognized that I had to accept it.”
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4. Frank Ocean captivated the world with his songs about love and women. When he opened up about his experience falling in love with a guy, he garnered the attention of many more.
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5. Lady Gaga has been open about her sexuality since the beginning of her career. After naysayers claimed it was all for marketing, she said, “This is who I am and who I have always been.”
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6. After coming under fire for using the F bomb multiple times on social media, Azealia Banks defended herself, saying “I can’t be homophobic. I’m bisexual.”
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7. Amber Rose has never been shy about her sexuality. She even openly admitted to being in a relationship with a girl, way before her Kanye days.
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8. David Bowie was one of the most notable artists of all time, whose sexuality and gender bent all of the traditional rules.
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9. Mel B once revealed that she was in a four-year relationship with a woman before.
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10. In 2013, Zoe Saldana said that she “might end up with a woman raising my children. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life, therefore it is my decision.”
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11. Megan Fox told Esquire Magazine once, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
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12. Angelina Jolie has always been open about her bisexuality. She once told OK Magazine, “I have loved women in the past and slept with them.”
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