Beyond Beats and Rhymes on PBS Hawai`i (updates)

20 February 2007

As much as I tend to run with the same circle of acquaintances most of the time, there are some interests that don’t seem to overlap very often. So I was glad to see that the Rhetoric Society of America at UH Hilo is helping to publicize the documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes by Byron Hurt. The schedule for the show in Hawai`i is below, but I don’t know how this relates to different cable providers, beyond what is given.

For those of you who may be wondering what connection I have with this, other than my clear and total adoption of the hip-hop lifestyle, I was fortunate enough to meet Byron when he spoke on campus last October. Elle and I then had a great time giving him the whirlwind tour of the National Park, and we got a chance to speak of food, fathers, and careers before delivering him to the airport for a flight almost directly to his wedding rehearsal (no kidding). Byron is an inspiring guy, and his thought-provoking film really taught me some stuff. Even if you have a vaguer notion that I about how hip-hop ideas pervade culture, I highly recommend this film as opening outstanding conversations about control of media and message.

[updates] Somehow I missed linking to the promo on Feministing, which in turn mentions reviews and interviews at Vibe and New American Media

Check it out.

Hey Jen! Remeber this “Hip-Hop: Beyonds Beats & Rhymes” thing. Last
semester you offered extra credit for going to it. You missed it last
time, but now it’s airing on television! So you can catch it. I was
thinking that Mr.Hurt’s message is still extremely applicable to any
rhetoric classes you may be teaching this semester. Anything about
society, women, men, and language!! It’s all crammed into this awesome
work! So please, forward this on to your students!


“Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” a documentary by Byron Hurt.
Hip-hop is a man’s game…but does it have to be? A self described
“hip-hop head” takes an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap
and hip-hop, where creative genuis collides with misogny, violences,
and homophobia, exposing the complex intersections of culture and

For all of you in the Hawaii network (Oceanic Time Warner Cable)you can
catch this on Channel 10 (KHETOC) or 11 (PBSHawaii)!!

If you’re not in the Hawaii network, check your local channel provider,
this is on the PBS station.

PBS Special: Independent Lens: “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” by
Byron Hurt

Tuesday, February 20, 10:00pm (On Channels 10 & 11)

Wednesday, February 21, 1:00am (Channel 10)

Sunday, February 25, 2:00am (Channel 10)

(It is being shown late because there is swearing (totally appropriate
considering what he is studying) and many clips of scantily clad women
from specific music videos.)


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