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Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhythms

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhythms
LOS ANGELES  •  PBS Television  •  Ongoing

Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhythms is a personal documentary that goes beyond the bling to explore gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Byron Hurt, a former college quarterback-turned-activist. In this "loving critique" from a self-proclaimed "hip-hop head," Hurt tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, misogyny, violence and homophobia in today's hip-hop culture by talking with rappers, moguls and fans. The film, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, airs on the Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard

Interviews with rappers include Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes, and hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and Chris Lighty, along with commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell and Sarah Jones and interviews with young women at Spelman College, a historically black college and one of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions.

PBS Television Website

Detailed schedule information:
January 26, 2010 at 10 pm EST on PBS Television


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