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Blacking up [videorecording] : hip-hop's remix of race and identity / a film by Robert A. Clift ; producer, director, Robert A. Clift ; writer, Robert A. Clift ; production of Robert A. Clift [and] Limbic Productions, Inc. in association with WTIU.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Berklee College of Music.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Stan Getz Library DVD 4319 37684001057287 Annex Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: [United States] : California Newsreel, 2010

Content descriptions

General Note:
Educational video.
Copyrighted 2009 by ITVS.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Videographer, editor, Robert A. Clift.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
System Details Note:
DVD, NTSC; widescreen presentation.
Language Note:
Closed captioned.
Subject: Hip-hop music
Rap musicians > United States
Music and race > United States.
Hip-hop > United States
Hip-hop > United States > Influence.
Blacks > Race identity > United States.
Whites > Race identity > United States
Youth, White > Race identity > United States.
Genre: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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