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Cyntoia Brown-Long Says Netflix is Releasing an 'Unauthorized' Doc on Her Life

Netflix recently teased a trailer to announce a new documentary profiling the life of Cyntoia Brown-Long. However, the streaming giant missed one key thing — none of Brown’s input. Shortly after releasing the trailer, Brown came out with a statement on Instagram explaining how she had no involvement in the making of the documentary. She captioned the post stating: “While I was still incarcerated, a producer who has old footage of me made a deal with Netflix for an UNAUTHORIZED documentary, set to be released soon. My husband and I were as surprised as everyone else when we first heard the news because we did not participate in any way. However, I am currently in the process of sharing my story, in the right way, in full detail, and in a way that depicts and respects the woman I am today. While I pray that this film highlights things wrong in our justice system, I had nothing to with this documentary.” Brown was...

Apr 16, 2020

Ex-Prosecutor Sues Ava DuVernay and Netflix Over Portrayal in 'When They See Us'

Netflix and Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” miniseries has had a major impact on our social atmosphere and altered the way society as a whole views our criminal justice system. However, for others, its impact included calling their careers and credibility into question. One of whom happened to be Linda Fairstein, the former prosecutor responsible for the convictions of the Exonerated Five. Fairstein is now taking legal action against Netflix and Ava DuVernay after making claims that the miniseries “defamed” her. Released in May 2019, the four-part miniseries chronicled the true events of the arrests, trials, convictions, and exonerations of five teenagers of color — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — who became known as the Exonerated Five. In the miniseries, Fairstein was portrayed as a power-hungry prosecutor directing officers to coerce false confessions out of the five then-teenagers, while detectives held them in questioning for...

Mar 19, 2020