Special Preview: VH1 Rock Docs Presents

The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

Feb 20, 2014
6:00 PM Reception; 7:00 pm Screening & Discussion
New York

Watch the full panel here

The Paley Center is pleased to present a first look of the upcoming VH1 documentary, The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, which explores how hip-hop has impacted every aspect of American life. The four-part documentary is based on the book by internationally acclaimed marketing maven Steve Stoute, who shows how hip-hop grew from an urban counter-culture movement to a major force in music, film, television, fashion, advertising, and politics. After our screening, our panel of experts will discuss this “hip-hopification” of America and dissect important “tanning” moments over the past thirty years. Join us for this provocative conversation and preview of the film, which features classic and rare footage, as well as candid interviews with Dr. Dre, Russell Simmons, Ron Howard, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, Rick Rubin, and many more.


This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO, Translation; Author, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy
Billy Corben, Cofounder, Rakontur; Documentary Film Director
Reverend Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Activist; TV/Radio Personality
Fab Five Freddy, Hip Hop Pioneer; Visual Artist and Filmmaker
Daymond John, American Entrepreneur; Television Personality
Nas, Rapper; Actor
Moderator: Gayle King, Coanchor, CBS This Morning; Editor-at-Large, O, the Oprah Magazine

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