The Trailer For ‘Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project’ Shows Kim In A Whole New Light
Kim Kardashian: mogul, mama, and social justice warrior. OK, she might not be quite as well known for that last quality, but that might change in 2020. Back in 2018, Kardashian was inspired to study law after hearing the story of Alice Marie Johnson, a then-63-year-old Tennessee woman serving a life-plus-25-year sentence as a first-time nonviolent offender. Kardashian worked alongside criminal justice reform advocate Van Jones to help convince the White House to grant Johnson clemency, and now she wants to shed light on the failings of the criminal justice system on a larger scale. The trailer for Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project will show you a whole new side of the reality star, because her priorities have definitely shifted over the years.
Oxygen just unveiled the trailer for the new two-hour documentary, which will revolve around Kardashian’s efforts to bring attention to the criminal reform crisis. The trailer shows Kardashian (who also serves as an executive producer for the documentary) meeting with individuals who have spent over 20 years in prison and who likely won’t get a second chance. As well as sharing those individuals’ devastating stories, the documentary will follow Kardashian as she lobbies public officials and consults with lawyers to facilitate the prisoners’ release.
During the TV Critics Association winter press tour on Jan. 18, Kardashian spoke about the forthcoming documentary and attempted to dispel criticism, since some people believe she’s more interested in publicity than advocacy. "I’m very used to criticism, so nothing really fazes me," she said. "I’m one of those non-human souls that can really deal with it."
She emphasized that her work isn’t motivated by self-interest but instead genuine interest in helping others. According to Kardashian, she spends 20 hours a week on her studies, and she hopes to take the California state bar exam in 2022.
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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️
The mother of four just completed the first year of a four-year apprenticeship program in California, where she’s working with attorney Jessica Jackson, national director of the bipartisan advocacy group #cut50, which Jackson cofounded with Van Jones. "There are a lot of people who deserve a second chance, but many do not have the resources to make it happen," she explained during the press tour. "I want to help elevate these cases to a national level to effect change, and this documentary is an honest depiction of me learning about the system and helping bring tangible results to justice reform."
Let’s not forget that Kardashian’s father, the late Robert Kardashian, was an attorney, and his work helped influence his daughter’s passion. She also cited her children as another motivator for her pursuing law. "I’m raising four black children that could face a situation like any of the people that I help," she added. "So just to know that I could make a difference in my children’s lives and their friends’ lives and their children’s lives by helping to fix a broken system, that is just so motivating for me."
Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project will air on Sunday, April 5 at 7 p.m. EST on Oxygen, and you better believe I’ll be tuning in.
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