10:14am PT by Kate Stanhope
Gabourey Sidibe, Russell Simmons Team With Fusion for Juvenile Justice Doc (Exclusive)
Gabourey Sidibe and Russell Simmons are headed to Fusion.
The two have been tapped for the cable channel's new documentary, Prison Kids: A Crime Against America's Children, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The documentary will take a close look at the nearly 60,000 children behind bars in the U.S. on any given day — the most of any country in the world. The project hopes to tackle the question of just how much locking up underage offenders actually helps.
The Empire star will narrate and the hip-hop mogul will provide an intro for the project, which is part of the channel's month-long efforts to mark National Youth Justice Awareness Month in October. Simmons' All Def Digital will also serve as a content partner.
"We have a serious issue when it comes to the mass incarceration of young people in this country and All Def Digital and I are glad to be working with Fusion to spark a dialogue about it," said Simmons in a statement. "We as a society need to look in the mirror and address this problem head on."
Added Sidibe: "The juvenile justice system in this country is broken and most people are not aware of the impact it has on the kids caught up in it. I am glad to have the opportunity to work with Fusion to help raise awareness about this problem, provoke necessary conversations and hopefully create some meaningful change."
This is not Simmons' first look at the justice system. He previously exec produced the 2004 special Russell Simmons Presents: Hip Hop Justice for Court TV.
Prison Kids: A Crime Against America's Children premieres Sunday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. on Fusion.