Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Starting Date: 01-30-2007
Starting Time: 7:30pm

Silver Screen Theater
8687 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, California 90069
United States
As part of a nation-wide community engagement campaign to promote the prime-time national broadcast of the groundbreaking new documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Campus Progress, the Independent Television Service, National Black Programming Consortium, and Firelight Media will produce a special preview screening event for the L.A. entertainment industry and friends and partners of Campus Progress on January 30, 2007 at the Pacific Design Center Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.

This event will bring together industry executives, artists, activists, critical thinkers and young media consumers to engage in reflection and discussion around the frequently violent and sexual themes and images that dominate many popular music videos and other media products.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including:

Black Thought of "The Roots"
Grammy Award-winning hip-hop recording artist

Byron Hurt
Director, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Keith Brown
Executive vice president, Black Entertainment Television

Dr. Cathy Cohen
Center for Race Politics and Culture, University of Chicago

Lois Vossen
Series producer, Independent Lens

About the film

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes takes an in-depth look at representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip-hop culture. This groundbreaking documentary is a “loving critique” of certain disturbing developments in rap music culture from the point of view of a fan who challenges the art form's representations of masculinity. Leading rap and hip-hop artists including Mos Def, Busta Rhymes, Russell Simmons and others are interviewed and pressed to answer some difficult questions about the violent and sexually explicit content of many hip-hop songs and videos.

About the campaign

The national broadcast of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes will be supported by a comprehensive national community engagement campaign designed to educate both young consumers and media makers about issues of gender, race and community values, support media literacy and encourage young men and women to reflect on the impact of frequently violent and sexual imagery on themselves, their relationships and their communities.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007
7:30 p.m.

Silver Screen Theater
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood

Admission is free, reservations required.
Geographical Scope: National

Campus ProgressDistrict Of Columbia

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