Byron Hurt presents Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: Has Hip Hop Lost Its Soul?

Wednesday / October 17, 2007 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

Byron Hurt is the creator and producer of I AM A MAN: Black Masculinity in America and Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. He also cofounded the United States Marine Corps gender violence prevention program.

I Am a Man is a one-hour, award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over fifteen cities across the nation. Linking people from varied socioeconomic backgrounds with some of Black America's most progressive academics, social critics, and authors, Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of racism and sexism in American culture.

Selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Beyond Beats and Rhymes examines representations of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip hop culture. Conceived as a "loving critique" from a long-time hip hop head, the movie features revealing interviews with rappers such as Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and Busta Rhymes, along with commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell, and Sarah Jones. The film also includes interviews with aspiring rappers as well as young women at Spelman College and hip hop events.