“The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop” at The Paley Center for Media on February 20, 2014. An all-star panel comments on this four-part documentary which explains how hip hop has impacted all areas of culture and politics in today’s America. You’ll see how hip hop has rewritten the rules of the new economy. Everyone should hear this message, as we all have experiences in “tanning.”
This Paley Center for Media live event honors “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop,” a four-part documentary, airing as part of VH1’s Rock Doc series, focusing on the evolution and cultural impact of hip hop and rap music.
VH1 Executive producer Brad Abramson introduces Gayle King (coanchor, “CBS This Morning”), who moderates the following panelists: Daymond John (entrepreneur, television personality), Reverend Al Sharpton (activist, television/radio personality), Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer), Nas (rapper/actor), and Steve Stoute (executive producer, author of “The Tanning of America”).
The panelists touch on such topics as: Stoute’s inspiration for the book after seeing a racially-mixed crowd enjoying a Jay Z concert; Stoute’s emotional conversation with Norman Lear based on Lear’s contributions to African-American culture via shows like “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons”; and Sharpton’s views of generational changes in the “us versus them” attitudes on race.
Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics among others: if individuals working with corporations making money on hip hop are “selling out” and whether the role of women in “Tanning” has been diminished.
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