Indigenous activists preview MTV's 'Rebel Music: Native America'

November 13, 2014 7:28 PM

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Indigenous activists preview MTV's 'Rebel Music: Native America'

Marginalized peoples and social activists have for generations turned to music to articulate grievances, express identities, revive cultures, start movements and, ultimately, affect real change. From anti-war musicians like Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, who praised peace with words in the ’60s, to rappers like Run DMC and N.W.A., who verbalized the difficulties of life in the inner city in the ’80s and ’90s, artists have long blurred the line between art and activism.

MTV’s docu-series Rebel Music takes a look at populations around the world who are currently using music to voice messages that the world needs to hear. The premiere episode focuses on young Native North Americans using rap and pop to empower their generation to fight for their people and their land...

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