The Uncommon Man

December 09, 2005

Beyond Beats and Rhymes

Here is a description about a documentary that sounds very interesting. I'll try to stay on-top of its airdate on PBS and alert you here:

Beyond Beats and Rhymes examines representations of manhood, sexism and homophobia in hip hop culture. Conceived as a "loving critique" of certain disturbing developments in mainstream rap music culture from a long-time hip hop head, Beyond Beats and Rhymes features highly revealing interviews with famous rappers such as Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes, along with cultural commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell, and Sarah Jones. The film also features on-the-street interviews with aspiring rappers, as well as interviews with young women at Spelman College and hip hop events. Beyond Beats and Rhymes is co-produced and edited by Sabrina Gordon and is executive produced by Stanley Nelson, the renowned documentary filmmaker (The Murder of Emmitt Till, Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice) and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation's Genius Award. The film has been funded by the Independent Television Service and the National Black Programming Consortium.

The 2006 Sundance Film Festival has selected Beyond Beats and Rhymes for this year's festival in Park City, Utah, January 19 - 29, 2006. After nearly five years of fundraising, research, pre-production, production, and post-production, my Thanksgiving holiday was filled with excitement and gratitude upon hearing this news Friday morning. This news comes on the heels of receiving word that the Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens has also selected Beyond Beats and Rhymes for a national television broadcast. A PBS airdate has yet to be determined.

Posted by Russell at December 9, 2005 07:50 AM


This film is distributed for educational use by the Media Education Foundation. Go to for more information.

Take care,

Kendra Hodgson
Operations Manager & Marketing Director
Media Education Foundation

Posted by: Kendra Hodgson at December 20, 2006 03:21 PM

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