HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
  HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a groundbreaking 60-minute documentary that examines representations of manhood, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop culture. It 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.

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ITVS Community Classroom is an educational resource providing new documentary video content and accompanying curricular materials, lesson plans, and homework assignments, to high school and community college instructors and youth-serving community-based organizations. Content is grouped into subject specific segments that correspond to lesson plans and educational activities. All CLASSROOM materials are designed with key education standards in mind.

Educational content was developed with guidance from the COMMUNITY CLASSROOM National Advisors: PBS Teachers, KQED Education Network, American Association of Community Colleges, National State Teachers of the Year, National Council for the Social Studies, National Association for Multicultural Education and National Council of Teachers of English.

HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered on February 20, 2007 on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

HIP-HOP is directed by Byron Hurt of God Bless the Child Productions and executive produced by Stanley Nelson of Firelight Media, in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

ITVS Community Classroom is a product of the Independent Television Service with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.