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​EXCLUSIVE! MTV Will Honor Martin Luther King Jr. By Airing In Black & White For The First Time Ever To Get Everyone Talking About Race

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Race is an issue that this needs to be talked about, and MTV is trying to get the conversation started.

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for the first time in the network's history, they'll be airing all of their programs in black and white from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The goal is jar audiences enough that they'll begin having, what MTV is calling "The Talk – candid, confident and 'color brave' conversations on race and bias." It's all a part of their Look Different anti-bias campaign.

Throughout the day, monologues from people like Kendrick Lamar, Common, Big Sean, Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo, Penn Badgley, Jordin Sparks, Pete Wentz, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. John Lewis, and Sen. Cory Booker will air, to help get people to discuss our differences.

We have a first look at Penn Badgley's clip for you (above)!

MTV's President, Stephen Friedman, talked about this, saying:

"Millennials believe strongly in fairness, but they can also find it difficult to talk openly about race – to be not simply ‘color blind' but ‘color brave.' Our audience is looking for a way to bring the national conversation on race into their homes and this campaign will give them a forum to express true color bravery."

We think this is a fantastic idea, because the key to tolerance is educating ourselves and learning to celebrate our differences!

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6 comments to “​EXCLUSIVE! MTV Will Honor Martin Luther King Jr. By Airing In Black & White For The First Time Ever To Get Everyone Talking About Race”

  1. realshameistobeproud says – reply to this


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    Strangely, I'm uncomfortable with his uncomfortable feeling…
    I never enslaved anyone! Why should I apologize for other people's mistakes, then?
    Why should I have any kind of shame or guilty consciousness?
    Will I have to apologise for being different (for not being black) from them in the future if their incessant requests continue?
    It's a shame to claim to be God's children if a real forgiveness is still unknown by them!
    We are very far from this dream of a vibrant world of love if there is no real forgiveness… Holy misery
    That he who is without sin to cast the first stone! Strangely, I'd bet that some would launch, nowadays.

  2. realshameistobeproud says – reply to this


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    Strangely, I'm uncomfortable with his uncomfortable feeling…
    I never enslaved anyone! Why should I apologize for other people's mistakes, then?
    Why should I have any kind of shame or guilty consciousness?
    Will I have to apologise for being different (for not being black) from them in the future if their incessant requests continue?
    It's a shame to claim to be God's children if a real forgiveness is still unknown by them!
    We are very far from this dream of a vibrant world of love if there is no real forgiveness… Holy misery
    That one who is without sin to cast the first stone! Strangely, I'd bet that some would launch, nowadays.

  3. Stevie smith says – reply to this


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    Perez must be the most disturbed character I have ever come across I am a social worker and I would take his child from him.

  4. beach says – reply to this


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    Good for MTV. Now if they get rid of the shit they air we might take them seriously.



  5. 5

    Being a bit older than the average poster, I actually saw MLK Jr. on TV and part of his speech talked about being "judged by the content of my character rather than the color of my skin".
    I had hoped we had moved beyond race in 2015 (MLK gave his speech in the 1960s or early 70s). Would not watch and hope none of you others do either.

  6. Joe says – reply to this


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    gag