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DANCING ON THE AIR: THE TEENARAMA STORY
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Presented by the African American Music Association (AAMA)
Executive Producer: Beverly Lindsay-Johnson
It was a time when segregations was the law of the land in the majority of the United States. Battles for Civil Rights in the United States raged on many fronts, while the U.S. engaged in the deadly and controversial Vietnam War. However, African American music produced some if its most iconic sounds and figures of U.S. history. Meanwhile, in1963 until 1966, black teens were getting some of their first opportunities to dance on television.
In Washington, DC, WOOK Radio, a station geared to a Negro audience had launched WOOK-TV. The implications are history-making. Black teens were going to be able to dance on television every day, whereas local teen dance shows featured white teens and those that allowed black teens, only allowed them one day per week.
In any time, space, or culture, where there are teenagers, there will be growing pains, struggles with identity, love, loss and seeking of acceptance. In this story, racism, colorism, classism, and forbidden love take on especially strong roles in the coming-of-age stories of these African American teens who have the opportunity to dance on a televised dance show in the tumultuous social climate of the 1960's.
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