It should come as no surprise that the Reverend Al Sharpton was featured as a prominent voice in the four-part series that aired this week on VH1 called “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop.”
Based on the best-selling book written by record executive Steve Stoute, the documentary brilliantly interrogates the many ways that hip hop has greatly impacted all aspects of American culture since it made its debut several decades ago.
Music, cinema and fashion have always reflected the shifting political, social and cultural current of our nation.
For example, when Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn starred in the controversial 1967 American comedy drama “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the movie was widely hailed by cultural critics as an endorsement of racial integration, a sentiment that was being expressed at the time by the ideological teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others who offered a…
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