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Image for post titled Kerry Washington’s sitcom <em>UnPrisoned</em> season two available now on streaming

Kerry Washington’s sitcom UnPrisoned season two available now on streaming

By JLUSA

July 17, 2024

Kerry Washington‘s sitcom UnPrisoned returns on Hulu with all eight episodes of season 2 dropping today!

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Sing Sing’s Clarence Maclin inspired the film and plays himself in “starmaking” role

By JLUSA

July 12, 2024

Sing Sing opens in limited release on July 12 and an expansion will follow in August.

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4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry on leading karaoke inside women’s prisons

By JLUSA

July 5, 2024

Linda Perry, the former lead singer of the band 4 Non Blondes, spoke recently about how she would go into women’s prisons and lead karaoke. Watch!

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Kemba movie continuing to get attention and reach audiences

By JLUSA

June 4, 2024

Kemba Smith (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) sat down recently with FOX5 Atlanta and national NPR. Listen to those interviews now!

Image for post titled Teresa Hodge and Louis L. Reed launch new podcasts

Teresa Hodge and Louis L. Reed launch new podcasts

By JLUSA

May 6, 2024

Leading with Conviction™ graduates Teresa Hodge (2015) and Louis L. Reed (2017) both recently launched new podcasts. Check them out!

Image for post titled “Speech” from Arrested Development collaborates with currently and formerly incarcerated musicians on new “Track Change“ podcast

“Speech” from Arrested Development collaborates with currently and formerly incarcerated musicians on new “Track Change“ podcast

By JLUSA

April 17, 2024

Rapper and musician Todd “Speech” Thomas collaborates with the currently and formerly incarcerated to help them tell their stories through song.

Image for post titled Brandon Smith shares his thoughts on CBS’s hit drama <em>Fire Country</em>

Brandon Smith shares his thoughts on CBS’s hit drama Fire Country

By JLUSA

April 5, 2024

Brandon Smith (Leading with Conviction™ 2020) is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRP).

Image for post titled Yasmine Arrington highlighted as a “Drew Gooder” on <em>The Drew Barrymore Show</em>

Yasmine Arrington highlighted as a “Drew Gooder” on The Drew Barrymore Show

By JLUSA

March 29, 2024

Yasmine Arrington (Leading with Conviction™ 2019) was featured March 20 on The Drew Barrymore Show as a “Drew Gooder.” Watch now!

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New Film About Shirley Chisholm Available Now on Netflix

By JLUSA

March 22, 2024

Regina King stars as Shirley Chisholm in “Shirley” — the story of the first Black congresswoman and her trailblazing run for president of the U.S.

Image for post titled New film <em>Beyond Bars</em> featuring Chesa Boudin available now — free

New film Beyond Bars featuring Chesa Boudin available now — free

By JLUSA

March 20, 2024

Beyond Bars “exposes the continuing impact of white supremacy, all through the powerful story of former San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin.”

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Kemba Smith’s story featured on “America In Black”

By JLUSA

March 19, 2024

Special correspondent Ed Gordon talks to Kemba Smith about her ongoing fight to free those incarcerated people who are still in prison.

Image for post titled Celia Colón launches new “Powered By Pain” TV series

Celia Colón launches new “Powered By Pain” TV series

By JLUSA

March 15, 2024

Celia Colón (Leading with Conviction™ 2018) has launched a new TV series on the JD3 streaming platform. Watch the trailer!

Image for post titled Formerly incarcerated artist partners with wine maker The Prisoner

Formerly incarcerated artist partners with wine maker The Prisoner

By JLUSA

March 14, 2024

The Prisoner, which is based in Napa Valley, announced that it will feature Jesse Krimes’ artwork on bottles of its Reserve Red Blend.

Image for post titled New film <em>Sing Sing</em> based on real-life arts rehabilitation program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

New film Sing Sing based on real-life arts rehabilitation program at Sing Sing Correctional Facility

By JLUSA

March 8, 2024

Watch the new trailer for Sing Sing, which makes its festival debut this month at SXSW and opens in theaters this July!

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Oprah’s Book Club’s latest selection is a formerly incarcerated woman’s memoir

By JLUSA

March 6, 2024

Oprah’s Book Club has announced The Many Lives of Mama Love by formerly incarcerated author Lara Love Hardin as their 104th book selection.

Image for post titled The “other” Kemba movie — “As We Speak” — is out this week on Paramount+

The “other” Kemba movie — “As We Speak” — is out this week on Paramount+

By JLUSA

February 28, 2024

A new documentary compellingly portrays the criminal justice system as inherently biased against especially young Black men.