Letter to the President

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Released 2004

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Letter to the President

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Director:
Thomas Gibson
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Letter to the President is a 2004 documentary that looks back at hip-hop's influence on social and political changes. Narrated by Snoop Dogg, the film spans 30 years from the civil rights movement, through the Reagan years and to the present day. In the 1960s and 1970s, the tactics of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI administration pushed protesters off the streets, and the call for change moved into the music scene. The film includes interviews with civil rights activists like Jesse Jackson and Dick Gregory to music moguls like Sean Combs and Jay Z to discuss the long connection between social justice and musical expressions. Director Thomas Gibson also includes performers like Ice Cube, Chuck D. and Ice T. to recall their development as artists and how Rap artists like Run DMC influenced them to speak out, even while Congress debated their lyrics. The film also explores how musicians, like Russell Simmons, could use their fame and influence to pressure lawmakers to change laws.moreless
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    Arts, Documentary

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    Politics, African-American Heritage, Culture