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#TBT New York Times, December 23, 1980. #CocaineCowboys

#TBT New York Times, December 23, 1980. #CocaineCowboys

Mar 13

Part One: Word is Born



Part Two: Fight The Power



Part Three: Gimme The Loot



Part Four: All Around The World


Ed Sherman interviewed ESPN Films executive producer John Dahl about the 30 for 30 series:

Take, for instance, “The Fab Five.” People knew about the Fab Five. What were you able to do to take that story to another level?

Tell it from the Fab Five’s point of view, go inside that group of players, and the fact that Jalen (Rose) was going to be a key part of that telling of the story with his teammates and that group, that it’s like a chance to look at the Fab Five from the inside out instead of the outside in.

That to me is what makes “The U” (on Miami’s wild football teams) special. I think one reason people responded to it was it was The U according to The U. (Director) Billy Corben didn’t just go out and line up a bunch of critics of The U. He didn’t go out and get all the people who don’t like Miami. He wanted to tell the story, he had a very specific vision; tell the story of The U through The U, through the people who are either playing for, coached it, or are part of that program in some way.

Feb 24
Tonight at 11pm ET on @VH1! #TheTanningOfAmerica #HipHopChangedUs

Tonight at 11pm ET on @VH1! #TheTanningOfAmerica #HipHopChangedUs

Feb 07

Feb 06

via The Paley Center for Media:

SPECIAL PREVIEW: VH1 ROCK DOCS PRESENTS
The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:00 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Screening & Discussion
Paley Center, New York, NY

IN PERSON

  • 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

Additional panelists to be announced.

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.

The trailer for our new documentary miniseries The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop

Feb 05

Our new documentary miniseries The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop premieres February 24th at 11pm ET on VH1

Jan 21
Our miniseries #TheTanningOfAmerica premieres Feb 24th at 11pm ET on @VH1

Our miniseries #TheTanningOfAmerica premieres Feb 24th at 11pm ET on @VH1

Jan 17
The Making of #TheTanningOfAmerica panel @ktclinkscales @billycorben @stevestoute (at Sundance Filmmakers’ Lounge)

The Making of #TheTanningOfAmerica panel @ktclinkscales @billycorben @stevestoute (at Sundance Filmmakers’ Lounge)

Jan 14
The Making of #TheTanningOfAmerica. Friday at @SundanceFest.

The Making of #TheTanningOfAmerica. Friday at @SundanceFest.

Dec 20
Happy Holidays from the rakontur boys

Happy Holidays from the rakontur boys

Nov 26

O Cinema's Kareem Tabsch, Miami's Hitchcock

via Miami New Times:

O’s 2012 celebration of the tenth anniversary of the film Cocaine Cowboys by the local filmmaking company Rakontur also stands out as a favorite event.

"We have a really amazing relationship with the Rakontur guys — Billy [Corben], Alfred [Spellman], and David [Cypkin]. They’re like extended family for us," Tabsch says. "The reunion we had, with Edna Buchanan and Mickey Munday, that was actually the first time all those people had ever been in the same room. What’s special about that for me is we’re celebrating Miami homegrown talent… Plus, it’s the amazing people. Edna Buchanan is a fucking legend. I was totally like a fanboy."

Nov 11
Happy birthday @DavidCypkin!

Happy birthday @DavidCypkin!

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