Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes Online Screening & Chat

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Tuesday, Oct 15  |  8:30pm ET

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes OVEE online screening and chat

This Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30pm, ITVS presents an online screening and live discussion about the Independent Lens film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, with director Byron Hurt, Columbia University’s Dr. Chris Emdin, and ManUp Campaign‘s Executive Director Jimmie Briggs. Simultaneously, the screening will be played to a live audience in St. Louis where the evening’s host, Nine Network, is based. Those away from their computer can join via Twitter, asking questions of the panel and offering their opinions about the trajectory of hip-hop and the evolution of education using the hashtag #HipHopEd. Join the conversation Tuesday night and leave your headphones at home — you’ll want to turn the volume up.

More about the panel:

Hip-hop will revolutionize education. So goes the ethos of Dr. Chris Emdin of Columbia University’s Teachers College, who is challenging traditional teaching structures by introducing hip-hop into classrooms across New York City, and eventually, across the country. More than simply talking about the cultural influence of the genre on society or analyzing the lyrics, Dr. Emdin uses pedagogical techniques inspired by rap battles to empower students to discover new thoughts, compose them artistically, and teach their peers. His Science Genius program focuses on teaching students in inner city schools to learn hard sciences through what he likes to call Hip-Hop Pedagogy.

Byron Hurt loves hip-hop. His award-winning film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, which aired on Independent Lens, applied a thoughtful critique of the art’s darker edges — from misogyny, the celebration of violence, and homophobia. As he wrote: “Hip-hop is a man’s game, but does it have to be?” In taking a critical eye to hip-hop and scoring interviews with legends Chuck-D, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Busta Rhymes, Hunt was able to take an in-depth look at masculinity and manhood in rap and hip-hop, where creative genius collides with misogyny, violence, and homophobia, exposing the complex intersections of culture and commerce.

Over the past two decades, Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as a respected human rights advocate in the field of journalism, lecturer and educator. As the co-founder and Executive Director of the Man-Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search. His book on child soldiers and war-affected children Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won him accolades in 2005.

The conversation will be moderated by Emily Balin, also a member of the #HipHopEd family who collaborates with Dr. Emdin at Teachers College.

About Craig Phillips

ITVS Interactive Editor, based in San Francisco.
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