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        Contains Abusive Language , Adult Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco, Graphic Sexual Activity , Mature Content, Nudity, Violence

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        Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

        Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a life-long hip-hop fan, was watching rap music videos on BET when he realized that each video was nearly identical. Guys in fancy cars threw money at the camera while scantily clad women danced in the background. As he discovered how stereotypical rap videos had become, Hurt — a former college quarterback turned activist — decided to make a film about the gender politics of hip-hop, the music and the culture that he grew up with.

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        Overview & Images of Masculinity - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

        Although Byron Hurt takes a strong stance against the violence, misogyny and homophobia in hip hop, his film Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes presents many voices who speak for themselves on the subject.

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        Homophobia - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

        A look at homophobia in hip-hop culture and undertones of homoeroticism in rap music.

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        Media Literacy - Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes

        A look at the power structure of the hip-hop industry and how the genre is packaged and consumed by various interests.

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