Journeys in Black: The Visionaries [5 Discs] [DVD]

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Journeys in Black: Russell Simmons
Russell Simmons is the biggest behind-the-scenes figure in hip-hop. As the founder of Def Jam Records, Simmons helped create one of the strongest and longest-lived labels in rap music; as a manager, he helped make Run-D.M.C. the first worldwide superstars of rap; as producer of the television shows Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry Jam, he expanded the boundaries of spoken-word performance and established its connection to hip-hop culture; and his Phat Farm clothing line has put him on the leading edge of contemporary urban fashion. Journeys in Black: Russell Simmons is a documentary produced for the BET cable network in which Simmons discusses his career and the ideals which have helped make him a success. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Journeys in Black: Al Sharpton
The Rev. Al Sharpton has been one of America's most controversial political activists for nearly two decades. While his views on racial justice and social and economic equality have been both praised and reviled by commentators on both sides of the political spectrum, no one is neutral in their feelings about Sharpton. Rising from his early days as a youthful street preacher in Harlem to become one of the most visible spokesmen for African-Americans in New York City, Sharpton became a political force to be reckoned with in one of the biggest cities in the world. This documentary (produced for the BET cable network) offers a personal look at the man and his mission. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Journeys in Black: Master P
In the late '80s, Percy Miller received a 10,000-dollar inheritance from an uncle and used the money to start a record store. Ten years later, Miller had turned that investment into the biggest underground empire in hip-hop. Better known as Master P, Miller had become a multi-platinum recording artist and producer, CEO of No Limit Records, producer and star of several independent motion pictures, owner of a successful sports management agency, the head of a growing urban fashion firm, and even a professional basketball player. Journeys in Black: Master P is a documentary produced for the BET cable network in which Master P discusses his rough and tumble childhood in the New Orleans projects and how he rose to the top in the worlds of music and business. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Journeys in Black: Johnnie Cochran
Johnnie Cochran is one of the best known and most outspoken attorneys in America. Elevated to fame for representing the likes of O.J. Simpson, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, and Snoop Dogg in high-profile criminal cases, Cochran has used his high public profile to bring attention to civil rights cases and charitable causes that he supports. When not busy with his legal work, Cochran also juggles a busy schedule as an author, public speaker, and talk show host. Journeys in Black: Johnnie Cochran is a documentary in which Cochran discusses his life in the law, from his early days as a deputy attorney for the city of Los Angeles to his future as legal counsel to the stars. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Journeys in Black: Louis Farrakhan
While the Nation of Islam (still widely known to many Americans as "the Black Muslims") has been highly controversial in the United States since the 1950s, with the exception of Malcolm X, no leader within the group has been more famous, or more openly decried, than Louis Farrakhan. While branded by some as a racist and an anti-Semite, he's also been praised by others as one of America's most important African-American leaders, and he managed to earn respect and condemnation at once as the organizer of the 1995 Million Man March. Journeys in Black: Louis Farrakhan is a documentary produced for the BET cable network in which Farrakhan speaks for the record on his personal experiences, faith, political views, and the future of race relations in America. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Russell Simmons
    Russell Simmons
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