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Talking About Black Influence on Pop Culture

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Talking About Black Influence on Pop Culture

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Talking About Black Influence on Pop Culture

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From the music born in the cotton fields of the South to performances under the bright lights of Broadway, African Americans have influenced American culture in profound ways. As part of its observance of Black History Month, the TV Land network airs the three-part series of sometimes racy roundtable discussions called That's What I'm Talking About.

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The series brings together prominent African Americans from diverse fields for a candid look at how the black experience is woven into the fabric of America. Wayne Brady hosts the roundtable talks, centered around three themes:

• February 1: "Greats, Dates and Debates" with actors Diahann Carroll and Harry Belafonte, along with comedian Paul Mooney and culture writer Toure.

• February 2: "Movers, Shakers and Playmakers" with filmmakers Spike Lee and John Ridley, comedian Wanda Sykes, civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton and former NBA player Greg Anthony.

• February 3: "Riches, Pitches and Britches" with comedian D.L. Hughley, actress Nia Long, music producer Bud'da, musician Joey Fatone and reporter Lola Ogunnaike.

Greg Anthony and writer/director John Ridley join Ed Gordon to talk about the series and its impact.

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