Black in the 80s

Black in the 80s

"Black In The 80s" is a three-hour series exploring and celebrating the achievements and advancements African-Americans made in pop culture during the 1980's. From historical breakthroughs in film and television, to the birth of a new genre of music, these milestones forever changed the landscape of American popular culture.

We'll present unique viewpoints and ask important questions: How did television represent the black experience in the '80s? How did black actors finally break out of the stereotypical roles they'd been consigned to for decades, and what was mainstream America's reaction? Why did black music have such a renaissance during the decade? Who proved that rap could be revolutionary? Why did a genre intrinsic to the black urban experience strike such a chord with the masses, particularly with white kids in the 'burbs? How did the black community respond to Steven Spielberg directing The Color Purple? Was the world ready for a Spike Lee joint?

By highlighting significant moments in music, movies and TV shows, the series will look at the triumphs and hurdles African Americans had throughout the 80's. The shows will be nostalgic, humorous, informative and entertaining. Interview subjects from all genres and walks of life will not only share their own memories from that time period, but they'll also offer factual information and commentary. If you're not careful, you just might learn something. (Source:

Episode Info

Final: 1x03 -- Season 1, Episode 3 (Feb/15/2005)

Louis Gossett, Jr.Louis Gossett, Jr.
As Himself
Michael Eric DysonMichael Eric Dyson
As Himself
Chuck DChuck D
As Himself
As Himself
Coby BellCoby Bell
As Himself
Damon DashDamon Dash
As Himself
Deborah CoxDeborah Cox
As Herself
Kim ColesKim Coles
As Herself
Debbie AllenDebbie Allen
As Herself
Frankie FaisonFrankie Faison
As Himself

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Network: VH1 ( USA)
Type: Documentary
Genres: History, Interview
Status: Canceled/Ended
Airs: Tuesdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: February 01, 2005
Ended: February 15, 2005
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