The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface Hip Hop’s Reckoning with Asian 1 day ago   02:38

Ralph Northam is still the governor of Virginia—for now. But he’s facing increasing pressure to resign after a conservative media site unearthed a photo of a man in blackface on Northam’s page in a 1984 medical school yearbook.

Northam insists it isn’t him in the photo. And the New York Times today reported that a group of his medical school classmates is standing behind him. “We fully believe Governor Ralph Northam is neither of the individuals in those repugnant costumes,” they wrote in a letter. “We attended classes with the Governor. We socialized with him. We knew him very well.”

But even if Northam can prove he isn’t in the photo, there’s another problem: In a press conference on Saturday, Northam admitted he had “darkened” his face for fun around the same time. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume,” he said. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that.”

Northam may not have understood that “harmful legacy” back in the 80’s—plenty of people didn’t. In fact, many still don’t understand it now.

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BoB Root hide
dave chappelle is a genius hhh
"calm down blackface"
"its blackfeet m******* take it easy"
if you havent seen the stand up, go ahead! gooo
Abrianna Stephen
how is the moon walk racist ? I mean if your doing it in black face yes . But just doing it for fun . That is not racist ..
ron yates
"The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface In America" All in 2 minutes and 37 seconds. Vice could you please stop with these half ass shorts and give the subjects you're covering the respect they deserve, I am a huge fan I like your work most of the time but these extremely short videos are kind of a slap in the face to your fans. Not being a troll JS
Yule Tide
I loved Lethal Weapon 5
David Newcomer III
HBO is the only thing painful to watch
the dude
Who else finds blackfaces terrifying?
Barack Yobama
Black face baby
Ok so everyone is caring about the moonwalk and not the fact about the racism....

Obama Bin Laden
0:12 This man seems familiar...
Spiriting Tenn
Let’s just remember it’s the democrats that did/do this.
FireSlayer 05
Look I’m not black but seeing this is just so like offensive because just wonder what black people back in the day and now have to go through. Like this if you’re not racist.
G Dd
Eyes, mouth, skin tone, skin smearing generation character comedy performance great.
Eugen Filippov
And what about the negros are not happy?
yawn zzzzzz
Its called COMEDY! something snow flakes wont understand
Jose Ortiz
So white's can't act like black's but black's can act like "WHITE" CHICKS and talk in a mimicking way in stand up? I never got to see black face but I would imagine it was done in a comedic way just like the movie WHITE CHICKS. Part two is coming soon
Running lion
i still didnt get why black people get offended if someone paints their face black
The moon walk? I've always just thought of that, be it a black, white or any other origin of person, as a VERY impressive form of dance by an even more impressive entertainer. Am I wrong in thinking that white people performing the moon walk, to me, originally by Michael Jackson, soley as a form of pure entertainment? Honest question.
Pretty fly for a WiFi
Poor babies want a free meal.
Summer Reese
Wow, so many racist comments
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Hip Hop’s Reckoning with Asian The Long, Painful Legacy Of Blackface 1 day ago   26:41

A growing number of Asian artists have burst onto the hip-hop scene over the past few years, thanks, in large part, to 88rising—a multimedia company that specializes in signing and amplifying Asian talent.

Founder Sean Miyashiro has helped artists like Joji, Higher Brothers, and Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga) build massive followings and net millions of views on YouTube, where the rappers upload a steady stream of music videos. But even as their popularity skyrockets, some in the hip-hop community take issue with their lyrics—raising questions about the line between self-expression and cultural appropriation.

For this episode of ‘MINORITY REPORTS,’ VICE’s Lee Adams met up with Miyashiro and a handful of high-profile Asian rappers—including $tupid Young, an Asian Crip unaffiliated with 88rising—to hear why they got into hip-hop, and what challenges they've faced while creating space for themselves as hip-hop's newest minorities.

He also sat down with Ebro Darden—a Hot 97 morning host and Apple Music’s global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B—to hear his take on the cultural movement, exploring what separates contributing to hip-hop culture from misappropriating it.

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