Why MTV Is Airing In Black And White

January 19, 2015 7:32 PM

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If you’ve watched any MTV today, you’ve probably wondered why the picture is in black and white. Well, the network would like to assure you it’s not a problem with your TV or with the feed transmission. Instead, it’s a clever way to talk about race on Martin Luther King Jr day.

Starting at 9 AM this morning, MTV began airing a 12-hour block of programming designed to start the conversation. To do so, beyond the basic gimmick, they’ve enlisted the help of a host of famous politicians, musicians, actors, directors and more to share their takes.

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