Hip Hop’s Dramatic Debut

Associated Press reports ‘Platinum,’ a UPN series billed as the first network hip-hop drama, is poised to make its debut next month. Hip-hop already is embraced by movies, fashion and any number of other industries — try counting the commercials with a rap beat — eager to reach young consumers entranced by the music or the lifestyle. But risk-averse networks typically drag their heels at innovation. They certainly try to avoid the sharp edges of cutting-edge culture, and hip-hop has been dogged by its share of social controversy and violence. The show debuts with a special episode 9 p.m. EST Monday, April 14th (followed by a second hour in its regular time period, 9 p.m. EST Tuesday, April 15th).

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