Letter To The President (2004)

Genres - Culture & Society, Music  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Music History, Politics & Government, Race & Ethnicity, Social History, Vocal Music  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

Documentary filmmaker Thomas Gibson directed this investigation into the rise of the Republican right wing in America, and how this has impacted the African-American community. Letter to the President explores the different way in which the policies Reagan and Bush administrations have damaged the lives of black youth, from the government-approved distribution of crack cocaine in inner-city neighborhoods to economic policies that have widened the divide between the rich and the poor. Gibson's film also parallels this phenomenon with the rise of rap and hip-hop music, and how these styles have provided a voice for disenfranchised youth. Letter to the President includes interviews with KRS-One, 50 Cent, Damon Dash, Ghostface Killah, Dick Gregory, Amiri Baraka, and many more; Snoop Dogg narrates.

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activism, African-American, Civil-Rights, hip-hop-music, minority, music-scene, politics, rap-music, retrospective, social-change