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.
Cocaine Cowboys hitman Jorge Rivera Ayala, suspected of 35 drug slayings and convicted in three, made a return to Miami-Dade criminal court Thursday as he seeks to get his life prison sentence reduced.
A Miami-Dade judge, however, held off on ruling whether Ayala can explore claims prosecutors long ago promised to help the convicted killer get out of prison.
Ayala, 48, is a notorious figure in Miami crime lore, and his testimony was key in the case against Griselda Blanco, the savage South Florida drug kingpin of the 1970s and ‘80s.
The eldest of the three Ochoa brothers who founded one of Colombia's most notorious cocaine cartels has died of a heart attack at age 65.
Juan David Ochoa died on Thursday at a private clinic in Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, Hospital officials and a cousin said.
Ochoa and brothers Jorge Luis and Fabio founded the infamous cartel with feared Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. But they all surrendered when the manhunt for Escobar intensified.
Ochoa turned himself in 10 months before Escobar was killed and served five years and five months. Then-Justice Minister Carlos Medellin called his 1996 release 'a national disgrace'.
He returned to the family business of raising gait horses.
While Juan David avoided extradition to the United States, his youngest brother Fabio would not. Arrested in 1999, Fabio was later sentenced to 30 years for drug trafficking.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter hunted down a boat carrying the massive load and was forced to use weapons.
“This continues to be an increasing trend were seeing in the central Caribbean,”said Lieutenant Commander Somma.
According to the Coast Guard, the smugglers have caught onto the enforcement and have changed their course to farther north toward the Dominican Republic, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.
The most notorious Colombian drug lord since Pablo Escobar is now headed to the U.S. in handcuffs, after plastic surgery failed to conceal his identity from police.
Daniel Barrera, AKA El Loco or The Madman, ran a 400-ton-per-year drug empire with the help of violent leftist guerrillas, and controlled the major cocaine smuggling routes from Colombia to the U.S. He burned off his fingerprints with acid and had cosmetic surgery on his face, but an international law enforcement task force was still able to track him to a phone booth in Venezuela in September.