Review: On the Record on HBO (2020)

The story of one woman’s decision to go “on the record” about being assaulted by hip-hop giant Russell Simmons. It’s also a doc about the surrounding context of her era, of the early years of hip-hop – a culture she loved and helped create – as well as a commentary on the very specific issues black women have in making allegations about black men. The woman in question is Drew Dixon, head of A&R at Simmons’ Def Jam Records. Def Jam was THE place to be and she was head of A&R at the young age of 24 and loved her work. Her experiences with Simmons (and with L.A. Reid) were so damaging she left the music industry. Anyway, I reviewed this painful but important doc for

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