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‘Biggs’ on the Accuracy of ‘O.G.,’ Prison Reform, and Faith

Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke is an executive producer on HBO’s prison film O.G. Biggs talks about what inspired him to work with the creators and his own work to rehabilitate prisoners.

HBO’s groundbreaking prison film O.G. is about lines. Not lines for “the count” or for meals in the dining hall, but hard lines of truth and consequences that become smudged with time and opportunity. The film stars Jeffrey Wright as Louis Menkins, the former leader of a prison gang who is in the final weeks of a 24-year sentence. As with many prison-based dramas, Louis is on the precipice of freedom, yet his release becomes threatened by choices he makes inside to help a young inmate following in his footsteps.

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