This November…Battered Women’s Support Services hosts a special showing of Byron Hurts acclaimed film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. A panel discussion follows with women, youth, men, local hip-hop performers will be joined by two very special guests to discuss cultural & community engagement for solution building to end violence against women.

An official selection of 2006 Sundance Film Festival Hip Hop Beyond Beats & Rhymes provides a riveting examination of representations of manhood in hip-hop culture. Byron Hurt, former college quarterback, gender violence prevention educator and longtime hip hop fan, pays tribute to hip-hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for too often perpetuating destructive, deeply conservative styles of manhood that glamorize sexism, violence and homophobia. Taking his camera from the street to the recording studio to the corridors of industry power, Hurt elicits fascinating insights into hip-hop masculinity. The film is at once gripping and educational in its fearless, unflinching engagement with issues of race, violence against women and the corporate exploitation of youth culture.

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