‘Jersey Strong’ Review: a Progressive Fantasy — But Real

“Jersey Strong” plays like a progressive fantasy — but it’s as real as real gets.

The excellent new docuseries on Pivot, the Millenial-targeting cable network, follows two women trying to save souls in Newark, N.J., one of America’s poorest cities. It debuts Saturday.

The first woman, Jayda is a reformed member of the Bloods in love with a Crip. She has dedicated her life to helping girls resist gangs. The second, Brooke Barnett, is a criminal defense attorney who once kept Jayda out of jail. Barnett grew up in the suburbs, but almost ended up behind bars herself when she was busted with prescription drugs as a teen.

As the show’s previews note, they aren’t like most people you see on television. Unless of course you watched the Sundance Channel’s outstanding “Brick City,” on which both women previously appeared.  Read More...



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