Jay Z, Issa Rae and a handful of other A list stars nabbed the coveted Peabody Award on Thursday night … but why is this a big deal? Because they are part of stories “that matter.”
The Peabody Awards recognizes great storytelling in television, radio, and online media which might explain why Jay Z’s docu-series, TIME: The Kelief Browder Story, and Issa Rae’s hit HBO show, Insecure are now winners.
According to the organization, Rae’s labor of love breaks away from “tired and familiar representations of ‘diversity’ on television, this series offers a fun and intimate portrayal of work, relationships, and the ordinary experiences of the two young black women at its center.”
Peabody also called Jay’s project a “powerful miniseries illuminating the greatest flaws of our criminal justice system.” Kelief was a young man from the Bronx, New York, who spent three years at Rikers Island after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. At the age of 22, he committed suicide.
Jay now joins his wife in owning a Peabody award; last year, Beyoncé snagged an award for her album, Lemonade.
Some of the other winners include CBS’s American Vandal and Hulu’s The Handmaids Tale. All of the winner’s will be honored during a ceremony on May 19th.