How the 'Billie Jean' Video Changed MTV

Way back when, MTV didn't embrace black pop music. Exactly 30 years ago, that stopped being an option.

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But the fact that there is a balance to strike in these videos at all can be attributed to this one big breakthrough, a pivotal moment in music history as a whole.

Tamara Palmer is a San Francisco-based freelance writer and the author of Country Fried Soul: Adventures in Dirty South Hip-Hop. Follow her on Twitter.

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