Film creator/producer Byron Hurt will be speaking at Rochester Institute of Technology Sept. 19. Hurt is the creator and producer of I AM MAN: Black Masculinity in America and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection Beyond Beats and Rhymes.I AM MAN is a 60-minute documentary that captures the thoughts and feelings of African-American men and women from over 15 cities across America. In the film, Hurt challenges audiences to interrogate the damaging effects of racism and sexism in American culture.
Beyond Beats and Rhymes examines representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip hop culture. The film features interviews with popular rappers such as Fat Joe, Chuck D. Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes, and cultural commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beveryly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell and Sarah Jones.Hurt’s talk, which is being presented by RIT’s Women’s Center, takes place at 8 p.m., Sept. 19 in RIT’s Golisano College Auditorium.