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.
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
- 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.
Don Aronow was a family man who moved to Miami in the ’60s after making a fortune in New Jersey construction, but soon his focus turned to building and racing cigarette boats. He became world famous, selling boats and fostering close relationships with some of the most powerful men in the world. But during that time in Miami, the people who needed Aronow’s products the most (and some of the only ones who could afford the hefty price tag) were drug smugglers. Aronow’s tale would end in a hail of bullets, leaving questions that still haven’t been answered.