Blacking up [videorecording] : hip-hop's remix of race and identity / California Newsreel presents ; CPB ; a film by Robert A. Clift ; producer/director/videographer/editor, Robert A. Clift ; writer, Robert A. Clift ; executive producer, Steve Krahnke ; a production of Robert A. Clift, Limbic Productions, Inc., in association with WTIU and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) ; executive producer for ITVS, Sally Jo Fifer.
- Other Title:
- Hip-hop's remix of race and identity [videorecording]
- Widescreen presentation.
- [United States] : California Newsreel, c2010.
1 videodisc (56 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
- Rap (Music) -- Social aspects.
Hip-hop -- Social aspects -- United States.
Rap musicians -- United States.
Music and race -- United States.
Hip-hop -- United States -- Influence.
Blacks -- Race identity -- United States.
Whites -- Race identity -- United States.
Youth, White -- Race identity -- United States.
- Documentary films.
Documentary television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
- System Details:
- DVD, NTSC.
- "Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago amid racial oppression and economic marginalization. It has moved beyond that specific community and been embraced by young people worldwide, elevating it to a global youth culture. The ambitious and hard-hitting documentary Blacking Up: hip-hop's remix of race and identity looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth. It asks whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or if it is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation? Does it reflect a new face of racial understanding in white America or does it reinforce an ugly history? Against the unique backdrop of American popular music, Blacking up explores racial identity in U.S. society. The film artfully draws parallels between the white hip-hop fan and previous incarnations of white appropriation from blackface performer Al Jolson to mainstream artists like Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones and Eminem. It interweaves portraits of white hip-hop artists and fans with insightful commentary by African American cultural critics such as Amiri Baraka, Nelson George, Greg Tate, comedian Paul Mooney and hip-hop figures Chuck D., Russell Simmons, M1 of Dead Prez, and DJ Kool Herc"--Container.
- Participants include: Automatic, Chuck D, Power, M1, DJ Wise, Vanilla Ice, Empire Isis, Aesop Rock, Sage Francis, DJ Kool Herc, Russell Simmons, Grandmaster Caz.
- Music, Jørn Lavoll, Eliot Leigh.
- Originally produced for television broadcast in 2009.
- Clift, Robert A. , Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Screenwriter
Krahnke, Steve. , Producer
Fifer, Sally Jo. , Producer
Chuck D, 1960- , Interviewee
M1. , Interviewee
Vanilla Ice. , Interviewee
Aesop Rock. , Interviewee
Francis, Sage, 1977- , Interviewee
Simmons, Russell. , Interviewee
Grandmaster Caz. , Interviewee
Leigh, Eliot. , Composer
Lavoll, Jørn. , Composer
California Newsreel (Firm) , Producer
Corporation for Public Broadcasting. , Producer
Limbic Productions, Inc. , Producer
WTIU (Television station : Bloomington, Ind.) , Producer
Independent Television Service. , Producer
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