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Time for Change: Spike’s Docu-Series Endures Kalief Browder’s Fight for Justice In a Broken System

“When they sent me to Rikers Island, I was 16. I would say it was like hell on Earth. Sometimes, you know, I feel like I’m never going to be the same. You know, I smile, and I joke a lot. But, you know, deep down, I’m a mess because like I’m 21, and on the inside I feel like I’m 40.” – The late Kalief Browder – Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Spike’s documentary series Time: The Kalief Browder Story  exposes our broken U.S. justice system through the tragic story of Kalief Browder—a  young black man who committed suicide in 2015 after spending three years on New York City’s Riker’s Island prison for allegedly stealing a backpack.

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Image courtesy of Spike.

Browder fought to clear his name until he could not fight any longer. With help from public officials and other media outlets, Spike is picking up where he left off.

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Over Three Years In Rikers for Allegedly Stealing a Backpack – Spike Tells the Tragic Story of Kalief Browder

Spike‘s newest documentary series, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, is going to make you uncomfortable.

And that’s exactly why you need to watch it.

In 2010, Kalief Browder was stopped in the Bronx on his way home from a party. Police told the 16-year-old and his friend that they were suspects in a robbery. A man claimed they had stolen his backpack. Browder pleaded his innocence, and asked officers to search him. They found nothing.

The boys were cuffed and brought to the precinct, where they were fingerprinted and locked in a holding cell. According to Jennifer Gonnerman’s 2014 exposé for the New Yorker, Browder expected to be released shortly.

Instead, he spent the next three and a half years incarcerated on Rikers Island.

In this time, Browder experienced such gruesome conditions he attempted to take his own life, twice. He was attacked by guards and fellow inmates, robbed, and thrown in solitary confinement. When offered a plea bargain that would let him leave Rikers if he admitted guilt, the teen maintained his innocence and waited for his day in trial.

That day never came. Instead, the case fizzled out. The man accusing Browder of stealing his backpack—a backpack which never turned up as evidence—returned to his home country.

Without evidence or a witness to testify against Browder, the prosecutors gave up. There was no trial. There was no verdict. Browder was summarily released. After three and a half years, Browder finally returned to his Bronx neighborhood. It didn’t feel like home anymore.

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Viacom Employee Lottery Winner Michele Graczyk Attends Spike’s Ink Master Live: Here’s What Went Down

Spike’s hit series, Ink Masters, is the ultimate test of endurance, creativity, and talent. Each week, tattoo artists compete to win $100,000 and the coveted crown of Ink Master. They’re challenged to deviate from their traditional style, tattooing live on brave volunteers otherwise known as “human canvasses.”  The season culminates with a sensational finale that includes a grueling 24-hour tattoo session, live voting via Twitter, and plenty of audience commentary.

Viacom’s employee lottery series brought tattoo enthusiast and longtime Ink Master fan Michele Graczyk to the season eight finale on Tuesday, Dec. 6. She watched as Ryan Ashley Malarkey became the first female Ink Master in Spike history.

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Michele Graczyk attended Spike’s Ink Master live finale. Photo courtesy of Graczyk.

Read our interview with Graczyk below.

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75 Years After Pearl Harbor Attack, The Rock to Deliver Ultimate Entertainment Show to U.S. Troops

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

When Dwayne Johnson announced Spike’s Rock the Troops special at the 2015 Guys Choice Awards, he set expectations pretty high.rock-the-troops-logo-398x258

“I’m going to partner with Spike,” he said at the time, poised on the ice-and-antler-bedecked California stage before dozens of U.S. service members. “And we are going to put on the single greatest, most electrifying military entertainment show the world has ever seen.”

He wasn’t kidding. Now that Spike has released details about the event, it looks more spectacular than we could have imagined.

Kevin hart, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood and Terry Crews will be there. Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynrd, Aaron Lewis, and more will perform. It will all happen at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, a sprawling and iconic nexus of two branches of the U.S. armed forces.

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What Happens Here Stays Here (Unless You Tune In): Guys Choice Awards 2015

What’s it like to work the Spike Guys Choice Awards? Spike’s Christi Angel reports back after attending the event for her first time. Sound cool? Check out the full show here.

That moment when Terrance Howard graciously offers to take a selfie represents the good times at the Guys Choice Awards -where anything goes. Yes, this was the best inaugural moment for my first show with Spike.

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Lip Syncing Is Real Winner for Spike TV

Dwayne Johnson rocks the stage in his Lip Sync Battle debut.

Dwayne Johnson rocks the stage in his Lip Sync Battle debut.

Viewers watching the debut of Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV saw actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson bust some ferocious dance moves while perfectly lip-synching Taylor Swift’s Shake It OffLip Sync Battle was the most watched premiere in network history, with over 3 million viewers.  The show also scored big on social media. #LipSyncBattle was trending in the United States and worldwide during both the East and West Coast airings, and has generated more than 15 million video views on YouTube and Facebook.

Lip Sync Battle airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

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