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Kerry Washington Plans To Narrate A Book About The “Tanning Of America”

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Kerry Washington to Narrate Steve Stoute's The Tanning of America AudiobookScandal star and soon to be mother Kerry Washington will be the narrator of Steve Stoute’s audiobook, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture that Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. The Tanning of America, first began as a best selling book then turned into a four part documentary airing on VH1. Washington is now be the “voice” of the audiobook. The Grio reports that the book explores “how hip-hop and music and culture have been strong vehicles in driving the economy and played a role in everything in everything from fashion to politics.”

Stoute, has an extensive background in the entertainment and music business. Serving as the once president of Interscope Records and now the Chief Executive Officer/Founder of the marketing firm, Translation. He shared his thoughts about his choice for the Olivia Pope icon as the narrator explaining, “I chose Kerry Washington to narrate The Tanning of America for the audio format because she represents a generation that pushed boundaries in order to be heard and respected…Throughout her career, she has exemplified what it means to be an artist, a humanitarian, and a political activist. I’m honored she agreed to read the book and represent the values of tanning.”

Washington has certainly garnered much respect throughout her career. Starring in films and a television series that catapulted her into the success she is now. Washington speaks about her new role in the audiobook, “I am honored to play a small role in bringing this important book to the world,” said Washington. “By examining hip-hop through the lenses of ethnomusicology, marketing analysis, sociology and Stoute’s own personal reflections as a cultural pioneer, The Tanning of America helps us to understand how the American dream has and continues to be redefined by the transformative forces of inclusivity and aspirational drive embodied in the journey of hip-hop and pop culture.”

The Tanning of America is out on iTunes and Audible.

Itoro Udofia is a first generation Nigerian writer, educator and singer/songwriter. You can find her work and follow her at http://www.itoroudofia.com/