MTV's 'Rebel Music' Follows Native American Artists, Activists (Exclusive Image)

Designed by: Shepard Fairey, Photo by: Nusrat Duranni

THR debuts a new poster by Shepard Fairey

The untold stories of Native American artists and activists will be chronicled in Rebel Music's second season.

In a first for the TV channel, MTV will debut the first episode of doc film series Rebel Music's second season through its Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. ET and 1 p.m. PT.

Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts the poster for the second season. The artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey based upon the original photograph by Rebel Music series creator Nusrat Durrani. It features Native American artist Frank Waln, one of the musicians/activists featured in the debut episode Rebel Music: Native America

A six-part series to later be released on MTV2, EPIX2, Centric and mtvU days after the Facebook premiere, each 30-minute episode will showcase youth protest movements throughout the world. The second season opener titled, Rebel Music: Native America follows Waln, Inez Jasper, Nataanii Means and Mike Clifford, Native American musicians turned activists who have made it their mission to shed light on issues plaguing indigenous people. 

Known for his street art ubiquitous across Los Angeles, Fairey, who is also an executive producer of the show, says his final product embodies the vision behind Rebel Music: Native America.

"Rebel Music is more than just a television show to me, it is a do-it-yourself tutorial on how to share and shape things through music and art. I’m proud to work on visuals for Rebel Music because I use my art in the very same ways showcased on its episodes," Fairey shared exclusively with THR. "I was especially excited to work on the poster for Rebel Music's second season featuring an illustration of Frank Waln, a hip hop artist from the Lakota Nation. Frank Waln represents the beautiful dichotomy of music as both a personal therapeutic outlet and a vehicle to build awareness and community. My goal with the poster was to create an iconic image that captures and amplifies the passion and intensity of Frank Waln, and Rebel Music as a whole."

Subsequent episodes of Rebel Music will feature stories from Myanmar, Senegal, Turkey and Venezuela. Native American filmmaker Billy Luther co-directed the episode alongside executive producers and developers for the entire season Nusrat Durrani, David Sable and Fairey. 

The rest of the series will become available online, and episodes from the second season will be accompanied by lesson plans with a teacher’s guide and background history to bring these topics into the classroom.

 

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