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Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop’s political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators he tracks Hip Hop’s socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."

Under Siege

55m 7s

Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA.

Episodes

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    Under Siege

    S1 E2 - 55m 7s

    Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA.

  • The Foundation: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Foundation

    S1 E1 - 55m 3s

    Discover the factors that led to the birth of Hip Hop and its first socially conscious hit The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.

Extras + Features

  • Hip Hop Artists Mobilize for Obama: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Hip Hop Artists Mobilize for Obama

    S1 E4 - 3m 20s

    The series finale examines the role Hip Hop artists played electing Barack Obama to President of the United States. Also examines Young Jeezy's song, My President is Black as an homage to this historical moment. Featuring artists P Diddy and Jay-Z in archival interviews as well as new sit-downs with Chuck D, Killer Mike, Ice-T, Fat Joe, MC Lyte and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead.

  • After Hurricane Katrina Hit, Hip Hop Stars Stepped Up: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    After Hurricane Katrina Hit, Hip Hop Stars Stepped Up

    S1 E4 - 2m 40s

    Hip Hop community stands up for Hurricane Katrina victims, many of whom feel abandoned by their government following a lackluster response to the crisis. Lil Wayne recounts personal experience of losing his family in the storm (in archive). Chuck D and Killer Mike also describe watching the catastrophe unfold. Also featuring Dr. Kaye Whitehead and Hip Hop journalist journalist Rodney Carmichael.

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    Episode 4 Preview

    S1 E4 - 30s

    Follow the evolution of Hip Hop as its artists turn into multimillionaires and successful entrepreneurs. As a cultural phenomenon, Hip Hop continues to change history and is adopted as the voice of protest around the world.

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    Episode 3 Preview

    S1 E3 - 30s

    Experience the 1990s during the Clinton years and the unstoppable rise in popularity of Hip Hop, which becomes a force that is attacked by all sides of the political establishment.

  • 90's Hip Hop Reflected Realities on the Street: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    90's Hip Hop Reflected Realities on the Street

    S1 E3 - 2m 10s

    Hip Hop continues to establish itself in the 1990s, reflecting the social reality faced by many African Americans in disadvantaged communities ravaged by drugs, gangs, and crime. Featuring artists Warren G, journalist Soren Baker, historian Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and Leah Wright Rigeur.

  • The Police and Gangs Of Southern California: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Police and Gangs Of Southern California

    S1 E2 - 2m 18s

    Rapper Ice-T, academic Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and journalist Soren Baker explore the antagonistic relationship that evolved between the Black community and police in Southern California and the music that came out of it.

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    Episode 2 Preview

    S1 E2 - 30s

    Explore the 1980s and the birth of Hip Hop as social commentary in the Reagan Era with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T, and NWA. Premieres Feb. 7 on pbs.org and the PBS App. Check local listings for TV schedules.

  • How Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' Became an Anthem: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Public Enemy's 'Fight The Power' Became an Anthem

    S1 E2 - 2m 55s

    Spike Lee looks to Public Enemy for a song to feature on his new film, 'Do the Right Thing.' 'Fight the Power' becomes a rallying cry in the face of oppression. Featuring Public Enemy's Chuck D, Spike Lee's cinematographer Ernest Dickerson, and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead.

  • The Birth Of Hip Hop: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Birth Of Hip Hop

    S1 E1 - 1m 34s

    Four cultures - Rap, Breaking, Graffiti Art, and DJing - are brought together by DJ Kool Herc to create Hip Hop. Featuring interviews with Chuck D of Public Enemy, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, and KRS-One.

  • Where the Spirit of Hip Hop Originated: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Where the Spirit of Hip Hop Originated

    S1 E1 - 2m 52s

    Chuck D takes us back to the start of the 60s, where the spirit of Hip Hop originated. The deaths of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Vietnam War begin to shape the nation, and have a profound impact on Chuck D and his community.

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    Series Preview

    S1 - 30s

    Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop's political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators he tracks Hip Hop's socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."

Schedule

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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    The Foundation

    Saturday
    Feb 11

    1 Hour

    A look at the origins of hip-hop and its first socially conscious hit -- "The Message" -- by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    The Foundation

    Sunday
    Feb 12

    1 Hour

    A look at the origins of hip-hop and its first socially conscious hit -- "The Message" -- by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 1982.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Tuesday
    Feb 14

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Wednesday
    Feb 15

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Wednesday
    Feb 15

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Saturday
    Feb 18

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
  • Image
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Under Seige

    Sunday
    Feb 19

    1 Hour

    Exploring the 1980s and the birth of hip-hop as social commentary with the emergence of artists like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Ice-T and NWA.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Culture Wars

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    The 1990s and the rise in popularity of hip-hop, which finds itself attacked by all sides of the political establishment.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Culture Wars

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    The 1990s and the rise in popularity of hip-hop, which finds itself attacked by all sides of the political establishment.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Still Fighting

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    Hip-hop becomes a cultural phenomenon, producing multimillionaire artists and changing history.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Still Fighting

    Tuesday
    Feb 21

    1 Hour

    Hip-hop becomes a cultural phenomenon, producing multimillionaire artists and changing history.
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Culture Wars

    Wednesday
    Feb 22

    1 Hour

    The 1990s and the rise in popularity of hip-hop, which finds itself attacked by all sides of the political establishment.
  • Image
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Culture Wars

    Wednesday
    Feb 22

    1 Hour

    The 1990s and the rise in popularity of hip-hop, which finds itself attacked by all sides of the political establishment.
  • Image
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    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Still Fighting

    Wednesday
    Feb 22

    1 Hour

    Hip-hop becomes a cultural phenomenon, producing multimillionaire artists and changing history.
  • Image
    Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World: TVSS: Iconic

    Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

    Still Fighting

    Wednesday
    Feb 22

    1 Hour

    Hip-hop becomes a cultural phenomenon, producing multimillionaire artists and changing history.

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