Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Director: Byron Hurt
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Running Time: 57 min.
Language: English

Beyond Beats and Rhymes examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through revealing interviews with rappers including Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and other cultural critics.

About the Director

Byron Hurt

Biography: Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer, and an anti-sexist activist. His documentary, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. It was later broadcast nationally on the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, drawing an audience of more than 1.3 million viewers. To date, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (BBR) has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide and The Chicago Tribune named it “one of the best documentary films in 2007”. In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a nationally respected activist. Hurt has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Source Magazine, Vibe Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Mother Jones, Entertainment Weekly, Variety Magazine,, and Comments and reviews of his film can be found all over the internet and blogosphere. He has also appeared or been heard on CNN, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, The Montel Williams Show, The Michael Baisden Show, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006).

Moving Memories: The Black Senior Video Yearbook (1993);
I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America (2002);
Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (2006);
Barack and Curtis: Manhood, Power and Respect (2008);
Soul Food Junkies (2012).