Equal Standard

Taheim Bryan, USA, 2019

100 minutes, English

An NYPD Detective is shot by one of his own, benevolent brothers in uniform. Communities are ignited – to march for justice. Gangs put their differences aside – for a united fight, an equal opportunity. The movement and unity impacts City society and leads to a Blue Wall intervention within the Police force. White cops lust for change and act on it – by flushing out racism. In the end, what was considered impossible, became possible.  Equal Standard will not only take you through the storm. African American Detective Chris Jones, with Caucasian Detective David McKenzie, reveal that, when McKenzie’s brother’s life is taken by an African American Detective – in a shooting under “Friendly Fire” law.  It’s not the guns that corrupt our society but the conscious mind behind the gun that demoralizes us. Hatred not only distorts our judgment. It also blocks our spiritual blessings.


Taheim Bryan, growing up in Queens during the height of the drug epidemic in the 1980s. Seeking the leadership that his abusive and mostly absent father hadn’t provided, Bryan became captivated by the streets, rising to prominence in the community after his first arrest and trip to notoriously hard prison, Riker’s Island. It would be the first of many bids, and the aspiring screenwriter would spend much of his late teens and 20s in a cell. After his last release, Bryan was hired in the mailroom at Loud Records. He leveraged relationships he’d made there and in prison, along with hard work and a resolve not to return to his previous activities. He’d go on to meet some of rap’s biggest influences, including Fat Joe and Ice-T. It was during this time he began writing. He knew that he had a knack for storytelling, and there weren’t many production company executives that could tell tales from the trenches the way he could.

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