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Legendary TV producer Norman Lear and former record executive Steve Stoute might seem like an unlikely pair, but the two proved a mutual admiration society on Tuesday night when they teamed up to promote VH1’s documentary “The Tanning of America: One Nation Under Hip-Hop.”

The “For Your Consideration” panel, which was moderated by Variety‘s Debra Birnbaum, covered the path to the screen for the documentary that was based on Stoute’s book, “The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created the Rules of a New Economy.”

Stoute credits hip-hop with transforming American culture — and creating a climate that helped elect the first African-American president.

He also heaped praise on Lear, whose television shows like “All in the Family,” “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” had tremendous influence on American opinions on racial and social issues.

Asked what TV series he watches now, Lear singled out “Modern Family.” “It’s as good as anything I’ve ever seen on TV,” he said. “As is ‘South Park.'”

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