WTIU-TV is pleased to announce that their documentary Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity was awarded the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2011 Notable Videos for Adults Award. Each year the ALA selects 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years suitable for all libraries serving adults.
Blacking Up offers a provocative look at the popularity of Hip-Hop among America’s white youth—exploring whether white identification is rooted in admiration and a desire to transcend race or is merely a new chapter in the long continuum of stereotyping, mimicry and cultural appropriation. The program was written, directed, and produced by Robert Clift. Mr. Clift is currently completing his dissertation for the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His previous film, Stealing Home: The Case of Cuban Baseball was broadcasted nationally on PBS in 2001.
“Because of this award Blacking Up will almost certainly become available at every library in the country, including the IUB Wells Library, which recently purchased a copy” says Steve Krahnke, Executive Producer for the film. “WTIU is happy to have partnered with Mr. Clift and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in the creation of the film. We look forward to a continuing fruitful relationship with Robert, hopefully on films which are equally provocative and which add to the national conversation.”
Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity is scheduled to air on WTIU on Thursday, February 24 at 10pm. Viewers can also view the trailer and opening clip of Blacking Up online.
Blacking Up is distributed on television by the National Educational Television Association (NETA) and has appeared on dozens of PBS stations nationwide.