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Stage for Debate: Stage for Debate: Steve Stoute and William C. Rhoden with Danyel Smith

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February 3, 2012

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium

For the first Stage for Debatejoin Billboard Magazine Editor, culture critic, and sports enthusiast Danyel Smith, as she moderates a debate between authors Steve Stoute and William C. Rhoden.  Stoute, former music executive, current marketing expert, and Chairman of Carol’s Daughter, recently published The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Culture Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy.

Tanning posits that the transcendent power of hip-hop culture –- where race is less significant -- is helping to reinvigorate and revitalize the American dream. New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden writes in his book, Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, how African-American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, but still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.
 
Rhoden and Stoute: two premier culture analysts, with somewhat antithetical positions, will discuss whether or not culture and sports are in a “post-black” moment.  Where will you come out in the end?
 
After all Stage for Debate programs, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the participants’ books and have them signed by the authors. 

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