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When They See “When They See Us” People Will Really Understand The ‘Central Park Five’ Story (Trailer)

“When They See Us” was conceptualized and co-written by Ava DuVernay for Netflix and it is coming to take hearts and minds and twist them… to make us feel everything the falsely accused (and eventually exonerated) Central Park Five.

Just LOOK at who is attached. The exec producers (Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro) all the through to casting (Michael K. Williams, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood)… they will draw MILLIONS of viewers! We must learn. ALL of us.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, “When They See Us” will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

“When They See Us” premieres May 31 only on Netflix.

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Sports: Cleared of Rape Charges, Former High School Football Star Still Pursuing NFL Dream (Video)

NFL Hall of Famer and Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi said it best: “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Brian Banks must have heard those words before; because he is living them now.

The former high school football star was exonerated of a rape charge that, after 10 years, would be the end of one’s professional aspirations. Not, Banks’ though. He’s still pursuing his dream to play professional football! Now 27 years old, the linebacker finally signed with the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL) after unsuccessful tryouts with the Seattle Seahawks (see video above), San Francisco 49ers, San Diego Chargers, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Banks should have been a Green Bay Packer. Still could be… Just saying. Considering that the only thing that has stopped him from playing pro ball is that the UFL folded due to financial challenges, you can bet that Banks will get up again (just as Lombardi coached); and if it is at all possible… Banks will get into the National Football League. He declares:

“I really do like my chances…The dream is still in pursuit.”


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