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Jay Z shut down a reporter's question about Donald Trump at the Sundance Film Festival

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Jay Z shut down a reporter's question about Donald Trump at the Sundance Film Festival

WATCH |  A reporter at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25 tried to ask rapper mogul Jay Z a question about Donald Trump and mass incarceration.

It did not go well...

Don't ask Jay Z about Donald Trump

Jay Z on Wednesday (Jan. 25) was attending the world premiere of the Spike TV docuseries "TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" when a reporter tried to ask HOV about President Donald Trump.

"And your thoughts about Donald Trump and what it means for--," is all the reporter said before getting shut down. "I'm not gonna answer that," he said. 

Director Harvey Weinstein then proceeded to chime in and defend his friend.

Circa's Kay Angrum captured the awkward moment when it happened.

"TIME: The Kalief Browder Story" is a docuseries based on a true story bout a young man from the Bronx who was wrongfully arrested at 16 for stealing a backpack.

Kalief proclaims his innocence, fought the system, and in the face of torture and unthinkable circumstances, he prevailed. For this, Kalief became an American hero -- but he paid with his life.

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter is an executive producer of the film.

We've seen prophets come in many shapes and forms.
Jay Z

"I believe his story will save a lot of lives"

Before the interview turned left, Jay Z talked about Browder as a prophet, who, like MLK Jr., experienced tragedy. He believes this docuseries will save a lot of lives from the same system that took Browder's life.


"This is not one case that happened. This is happening a lot to people, you know, especially in places that I come from," he said. Jay Z was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, just over the bridge from where Browder grew up.

Jay Z also talked about meeting Kalief Browder.

"He came to my office and I just wanted to see him and tell him that -- and give him encouragement for those three years of his life that he had missed and offer encouragement and anything I could do for him."

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