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Ava DuVernay Bringing Central Park Five Limited Series to Netflix

July 6, 2017 - by Elizabeth Wagmeister


Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films are behind the limited series with Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh serving as executive producers alongside DuVernay. The project is the latest collaboration for Winfrey and DuVernay who worked together on the Oscar-winning “Selma” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar.” For DuVernay, the project marks a return to Netflix for the filmmaker who wrote and directed the platform’s 2016 documentary “13th.”

“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ’13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”

I’m one of the Central Park Five. Donald Trump won’t leave me alone.

Yusef Salaam, The Central Park Jogger Case, Court, Injustice

October 12, 2016 by Yusef Salaam in Atlanta


For 27 years, I’ve been in Donald Trump’s crosshairs. I’m a member of the Central Park Five, a group of teenagers wrongfully imprisoned after the brutal sexual assault of a jogger in Central Park in 1989. The victim, a 28-year-old investment banker named Trisha Meili, ...

Yusef Salaam of the Central Park 5: Trump ‘Unfit to be President’

Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Sharonne Salaam, Press Conference

October 09, 2016 by Angela Bronner Helm @GrlAbtUp_Town

Yusef Salaam has been living in the dark shadow of Donald Trump since he was a teenager accused, and convicted, of raping a woman in New York City’s Central Park more than 27 years ago. It was a crime of which he was innocent. “I still have to...

Trump wanted ‘facts’ before calling out racists. When I was on trial,...

Yusef Salaam, Donald Trump, Charlottesville

August 18, 2016 by Yusef Salaam in Atlanta


...he blasted critics of his slow, equivocating response to Saturday’s deadly events in Charlottesville by furiously insisting that one reason for the delay in issuing a statement about the tragedy was that “you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts...

Donald Trump and The Central Park Five: The Racially Charged Rise of a Demagogue

Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Trisha Meili, Central Park Jogger Case, The Central Park Five

February 17, 2016 by Oliver Laughland in New York


Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when Donald Trump demanded his execution for a crime he did not commit. Nearly three decades before the rambunctious billionaire began his run for president – before he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United...

Organizers, Activist and More Honor Harry Belafonte at The Apollo Theater

Harry Belafonte, Justice Ball 2015, Apollo Theater, Justice League, The Central Park Five

November 11, 2015 by Shenequa Golding @GoldingGirl617

“I am truly blessed. In a few short months I will be 90,” he said holding onto his cane. “It has been a life that has been filled with all sorts of incredible moments, but perhaps the greatest was that I not only had the opportunity to meet Paul...

Yusef Salaam on Kalief Browder: ‘When you get out of Prison, You're Basically A Nobody’

The Central Park Five, Kalief Browder, Yusef Salaam, Zach Gross, EBONY Mag, JET Mag

June 9, 2015 by Yusef Salaam in Atlanta


One of the falsely accused Central Park Five speaks onBrowder’s tragic death, and the system that caused destroyed both their lives. I tend to skim social media for headlines and move on to the next story pretty quickly, but when I came...

Yusef Salaam, ‘Central Park Five’ Member, Says ‘City Is Admitting No Wrong’ With Settlement

Yusef Salaam, The Central Park Five

September 8, 2014 by Emily Tess Katz

“The city is admitting no wrong,” he told HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski in a Monday interview. “But then people still wonder: How did something like this happen? How were we, as a community, as a human family, how were...

For Yusef Salaam Of The Central Park Five, Justice Involves More Than Money

Yusef Salaam, BET, The Central Park Five, Settlement

July 2, 2014 by Jonathan P. Hicks


Salaam says that the $40 million settlement from the city is welcomed, but that police officers should be held accountable. Salaam said he was deeply grateful for the position of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, but he...

‘Central Park Five’ Member Yusef Salaam On the Ken Burns Documentary

Yusef Salaam, Kharey Wise, Korey King Wise, The Central Park Five, Film

April 15, 2013 by Allison Samuels


Yusef Salaam remembers well the number he was assigned when he was transferred from juvenile detention to an adult prison in upstate New York in 1995. The number was 95A1113, a combination of the year and the date he arrived at the jail that...