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.
Raw Deal examines the alleged rape of a stripper at the Delta Chi fraternity house at the University of Florida, a familiar set of circumstances in several high-profile cases in recent years: allegations against Duke lacrosse players (later proven false), the arrest of former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn for the sexual assault of a hotel housekeeper and the recent rape verdict involving members of the Steubenville High School football team.
The unique element in the Delta Chi case: the fraternity members captured the evening’s events on videotape and the footage was made available to the public. Even more compelling, reasonable people who watch it disagree about whether or not the sexual activity is consensual or not.
Now, as David Cypkin memorably quipped during one of the many loud disagreements we had during the edit: Welcome to the argument.