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The Minstrel Show

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The Minstrel Show

The Minstrel Show

The Minstrel Show

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Tavis Smiley and music critic Stephen Ivory discuss the claim by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis that rap is "a modern day minstrel show." They also take a look at some of the songs on the Billboard rap charts.

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