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The Tanning of America 

"The Tanning of America" is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics ... See full summary »
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Mariah Carey ...  Self 4 episodes, 2014
Dan Charnas Dan Charnas ...  Self - Author, The Big Payback 4 episodes, 2014
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ...  Self 4 episodes, 2014
Dr. Dre ...  Self 4 episodes, 2014
Marc Ecko ...  Self - Fashion Designer 4 episodes, 2014
Daymond John ...  Self - Co-Founder, FUBU 4 episodes, 2014
Mona Scott-Young ...  Self - Founder, Monami Entertainment 4 episodes, 2014
Jonathan Shecter Jonathan Shecter ...  Self - Co-Founder, The Source 4 episodes, 2014
Steve Stoute Steve Stoute ...  Self - Author, The Tanning of America 4 episodes, 2014
Will.i.am ...  Self 4 episodes, 2014
Bill Adler Bill Adler ...  Self - Fmr. Publicist, Def Jam Records 3 episodes, 2014
Cory Booker ...  Self - U.S. Senator, NJ (D) 3 episodes, 2014
Keith Clinkscales ...  Self - Fmr. CEO & President, Vibe Magazine 3 episodes, 2014
Andre Harrell ...  Self - Founder, Uptown Records 3 episodes, 2014
Rick Rubin ...  Self - Co-Founder, Def Jam Recordings 3 episodes, 2014
Al Sharpton ...  Self 3 episodes, 2014
Joseph Simmons ...  Self 3 episodes, 2014
Russell Simmons ...  Self - Co-Founder, Def Jam Recordings 3 episodes, 2014
Toure ...  Self - Music Journalist & TV Host 3 episodes, 2014
Naomi Campbell ...  Self 2 episodes, 2014
Wendy Day Wendy Day ...  Self - Rap Coalition 2 episodes, 2014
Fab 5 Freddy ...  Self - Host, Yo! MTV Raps 2 episodes, 2014
Tommy Hilfiger ...  Self - Fashion Designer 2 episodes, 2014
Ben Horowitz Ben Horowitz ...  Self - Venture Capitalist 2 episodes, 2014
Jimmy Iovine ...  Self - Co-Founder, Interscope Records 2 episodes, 2014
Ralph McDaniels Ralph McDaniels ...  Self - Creator, Video Music Box 2 episodes, 2014
Nas ...  Self 2 episodes, 2014
George Nelson George Nelson ...  Self - Filmmaker & Author 2 episodes, 2014
Brett Ratner ...  Self - Filmmaker 2 episodes, 2014
Melvin Van Peebles ...  Self - Filmmaker 2 episodes, 2014
Joan Walsh Joan Walsh ...  Self - Author 2 episodes, 2014
Jacob Arabo ...  Self - Founder, Jacob & Co. 1 episode, 2014
Chuck D ...  Self 1 episode, 2014
Lyor Cohen ...  Self - Fmr. President, Def Jam Recordings 1 episode, 2014
Dapper Dan ...  Self - Harlem Fashion Icon 1 episode, 2014
John Demsey John Demsey ...  Self - Group President, Estée Lauder 1 episode, 2014
Brian Grazer ...  Self - Producer, 8 Mile 1 episode, 2014
Arsenio Hall ...  Self 1 episode, 2014
Bethann Hardison Bethann Hardison ...  Self - Fashion Activist 1 episode, 2014
Ron Howard ...  Self - Filmmaker 1 episode, 2014
Norman Lear ...  Self - Producer, All In The Family 1 episode, 2014
Spike Lee ...  Self - Director, Do the Right Thing 1 episode, 2014
Jesse Sheidlower Jesse Sheidlower ...  Self - Fmr. Editor, Oxford Dictionary 1 episode, 2014
John Singleton ...  Self - Director, Boyz n the Hood 1 episode, 2014
Hype Williams Hype Williams ...  Self - Music Video Director 1 episode, 2014
Pharrell Williams ...  Self 1 episode, 2014
Barack Obama ...  Self (archive footage) 2 episodes, 2014
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"The Tanning of America" is a thorough examination of hip-hop as a cultural movement, whose profound influence in music, film, television, fashion, business, race relations and politics eventually paved the way for the election of Barack Obama. Written by rakontur

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One Nation Under Hip Hop

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TV-14

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This docu-series fails in telling the story of hip hop's influence on the country
3 March 2014 | by nileda1987See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of VH1's latest documentary, "The Tanning of America: One Nation Under How Hip Hop" directed by Billy Corben. In its attempt at comprehension in the survey of the history of hip hop music and its impact as a culture on the U.S. it provided instead a conflation of African American pop media culture in the past 40 years. How is The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, and even Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" hip hop per se? The documentary, based on Steve Stoute's 2012 book of the same title, fails in its initial film thesis of how hip hop put Barack Obama in the White House with such a fatuous oral history on hip hop's indeed impact on the U.S. through lower and middle class youth. Halfway, through the talking-head docu-series (broken into 4 episodic parts) the doc shifts its focus to commercial branding of hip hop rather than the music itself. Now, Stoute's book was more focused on hip hop and the new economy rather than hip hop as a cultural movement that shaped mainstream America, the documentary's intended aim. It would've been better if he stayed with his original focus of the book for a documentary and excluded himself as an interviewee and instead, played the role of a narrator, moderator, or even host of this special TV docu-series. Lastly, the documentary felt more like a conversational piece with significant interviewees than a film documentation of a story narrative. And, like Ice T's documentary, "The Art of Rap", also released on VH1 two years ago, "The Tanning of America" lacks direction. Really--how do you cover the history of hip hop and talk nothing about Tupac Shakur?


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24 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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