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Director screens film on masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop

Loyola press release - March 15, 2012

Student Advocates for Gender Equality at Loyola University New Orleans present “Listening to what you're listening to: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” a screening of the documentary film “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” an examination of the impact of hip-hop and rap lyrics. The film will be followed by a discussion with its director, Byron Hurt, and takes place Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. This event is also sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma, the University Programming Board and the Office of Student Affairs.

“Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music through the lens of filmmaker Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist. Conceived as a “loving critique” from a self-proclaimed “hip-hop head,” Hurt examines issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture. “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and has been selected to appear in more than 50 film festivals worldwide. The Chicago Tribune named it "one of the best documentary films in 2007."

In addition to being a filmmaker, Hurt is a published writer and an anti-sexist activist. He is also the director of “I am a Man: Black Masculinity in America,” a 60-minute, award-winning documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from more than 15 cities across the country. He is a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, a leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt is also the former associate director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.

SAGE was founded with the purpose of breaking down gender stereotypes and social expectations. The group programs events that actively try to raise awareness about the gender issue on campus, often working with the Women's Resource Center and other student organizations.

For more information, contact Beth Cook at encook@loyno.edu or 713-817-5791.

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