Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Dr. P at the podium

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes,” and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Byron speaking from table

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Byron Hurt and Audience

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Byron Hurt at the podium

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Brian, Aisha and Byron on panel

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

The audience at Byron Hurt’s panel discussion

Audience from ground level

The Youth Media Workshop invited independent filmmaker, Byron Hurt, to show his film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," and discuss the ideas in it at a public forum, March 13, 2007 at the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.  A standing-room-only crowd packed the auditorium to watch the film and join in a panel discussion featuring Mr. Hurt, Aisha Durham, hip-hop feminist; Brian Mitchell, Youth Media Workshop participant; Gabby Ceasar, Youth Media Workshop participant; Sara Clark Kaplan, assistant professor in the African American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois and Twick G, Champaign hip-hop artist. The panel was moderated by William Patterson, assoc. director of the African American Cultural Center and co-director of the Youth Media Workshop.


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Local Response - March 13, 2007

Beyond Beats and Ryhmes:  A Local Response

In March, 2007, the Youth Media Workshop brought filmmaker Byron Hurt to Urbana, Illinois, for a screening and discussion of his film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.  The film takes an in-depth look at manhood in rap music and hip-hop culture -- where creative genius, poetic beauty and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence and homophobia.  A Local Response features 30 minutes of a critical discussion about the film and hip-hop culture with a love audience and a diverse group of panelists. The screening/discussion tool place at the Spurlock Musuem on the campus of the University of Illinois.


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