Fight the Power | Hip Hop discussion

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February 1, 2023
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PBS North Carolina presents a special screening and virtual community conversation—Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World.

The screening features an exclusive hour-long excerpt of new PBS series Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World.

Immediately following the screening Deborah Holt Noel, executive producer and host of Black Issues Forum and North Carolina Weekend will lead a conversation with local professors, hip hop artists and producers. You are invited to ask questions and engage with the panelists via the virtual chat.

The new four-part series features insightful interviews with influential hip hop stars including Chuck D, Grandmaster Caz, Ice-T, Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Roxanne Shante, Run DMC,, B-Real (Cypress Hill), Lupe Fiasco and others. Co-executive producers Chuck D and Lorrie Boula brought this project to PBS and BBC to delve into four decades of one of the most influential artistic genres and cultural movements of our time.

Virtual Event Details

Date: Wednesday, February 1, at 7 PM (EST)

Time: 7 - 8:45 PM (EST)

Discussion topics include history of hip hop, social justice, today's hip hop artists' platform, hip hop in the classroom and more

Moderator: Deborah Holt Noel, executive producer/host, Black Issues Forum


Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor, African and African American Studies

Ernest D. Hooker, instructor, North Carolina A&T University; podcast host, Diggin’ in the Crates

Nikki Lane, Assistant Professor, Duke University, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

N-Tyce (Amma Brown), national hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur

If you have any question about the event or how to register, contact Karen Nowak at

More about the film:

Produced in partnership with BBC Music, the four-part docuseries was developed by Chuck D, front man of eighties hip hop group, Public Enemy, and his producing partner, Lorrie Boula. The series tells the story of hip hop as an organic expression of experience that was unapologetic, fierce and empowering as it spoke truth to power and informed a nation through a different lens.

Featuring firsthand accounts from some of rap’s most integral players, Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World recounts the origins of this bold and revolutionary art form through the voices of those who were there at the beginning, creating an anthology of how hip hop became a cultural phenomenon against the backdrop of American history. Weaving together interconnected moments via intimate interviews and archival footage, the docuseries will explore how hip hop quickly created a provocative narrative of America.

Content Advisory: The film contains mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences, including the use of racial epithets. Viewer discretion is advised.

When and where to watch:

Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World premieres on PBS NC Tuesday, January 31, at 9 PM (EST) and on your local PBS station. Episode 2 airs Tuesday, February 14 and epiosdes 3 and 4 air back-to-back on Tuesday February 21. Watch or stream each episode on the day they air and anytime through March 23, on and on the free PBS Video App.

Thank you for joining us for a special screening of the first episode of the new four-part PBS docuseries, Fight the Power: How Hip Changed the World.

Video Descriptions

Fight the Power Countdown Clock

Fight the Power

Chuck D of Public Enemy explores Hip Hop’s political awakening over the last 50 years. With a host of rap stars and cultural commentators he tracks Hip Hop’s socially conscious roots. From The Message to Fight The Power 2020, he examines how Hip Hop has become "the Black CNN."

120 minutes


  • Deborah Holt Noel

    Executive producer and host of Black Issues Forum and North Carolina Weekend.

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