Jason's Review of Independent Lens
[b]DVD[/b] Many Viewings, 2 Hurt films seen
[left][i]Beyond Beats and Rhymes[/i] is an important addition to the genre of critiquing black masculinity. Here Byron Hurt questions the influence of hip-hop music on systemic American sexism, racism, and homophobia. He interviews industry insiders, the actual performers, progressive intellectuals, and consumers of the product and its subtextual ideology. It's
I have seen the film a handful of times. Although I would have done this willingly, I have seen it so many times because I just finished subtitling it for its DVD released by the Media Education Foundation. It is going to play on PBS in January. There it will be called [i]Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes[/i].
I am also subtitling his prior film [i]I Am a Man[/i], also scheduled for a nearby release. It isn't as tight as [i]BBR[/i], but it still has the content to stimulate college classrooms for semesters to come.
[i]this is byron hurt. salute him.[/i]