Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Film & Discussion: Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

Thursday January 31, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Hip-Hop was created by urban youth of color more than 30 years ago, and has moved beyond that specific community to be embraced by young people worldwide. This documentary looks at the popularity of hip-hop among America's white youth, and considers whether this reflects new racial understanding in white America or reinforces an ugly history of stereotypes. This special screening and discussion of the acclaimed 2010 documentary is held in conjunction with this year's Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads and the Reads theme 'Understanding Race.'

"Blacking Up" explores these themes by looking at the backlash against hip-hop-loving white youth in a Midwestern white community; how Vanilla Ice was marketed to mainstream audiences; white appropriation of black cultural expression by the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones; and performers whose racially-charged symbols are reminiscent of minstrelsy. A discussion will follow the film. Cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program

For more information about Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads visit This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).