The Central Park 5 aka the Exonerated 5, are symbols of both pain and redemption. The system rushed to convict them but years later new evidence uncovered their innocence and led to a multi-million dollar settlement that left them comfortable and empowered. And then Ava Duvernay’s Netflix film about them When They See Us gave their story new oxygen. After that they felt truly liberated. On June 19, 2019 I spoke with two of the Central Park 5, Dr. Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana, in Atlanta. This is one of my favorite interviews in the history of the show. Instagram @toureshow. Twitter: @toure
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In this very special episode, we talked to Raymond Santana - one-fifth of the group now known as The Exonerated Five. Raymond and four other young men from NYC were wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989. They are now the subject of Ava DuVernay's Netflix series, When They See Us.Seventeen years after being fully exonerated, they are finding their voices again. Raymond was in town for a few hours recently and agreed to give us a few minutes of his time. We think you'll love what he had to say.
INTERNETS! On this episode of The Premium Pete Show, Pete sits down with Returning Guest and Friend RAYMOND SANTANA of The Exonerated 5!
Raymond speaks on the importance of continuing to fight the criminal justice system, why he chose Ava Duvernay to tell their story and linking up with her via Twitter, Oprah coining the phrase 'The Exonerated 5', his clothing company Park Madison NYC, how 'When They See Us' changed his life + so much more!
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This special podcast episode features the first-ever conversation between Oprah and the five exonerated men who were once known as The Central Park Five. Their story is dramatically told in the Netflix series, “When They See Us,” a historical account of the five teenagers wrongfully convicted of sexual assault in Central Park in 1989. The four-part Netflix series focuses on the young men—Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise—who were sentenced between five and 15 years in prison and juvenile detention centers. In 2002, all five men were exonerated of their crimes after DNA evidence and a confession from the lone attacker, Matias Reyes, proved their innocence.