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Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes

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Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia. The film includes interviews with famous rappers like Mos Def, Fat Joe, Chuck D, Jadakiss, and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, as well as commentary from Michael Eric Dyson, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Kevin Powell, and Sarah Jones.

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About the Film

Learn more about the history and controversy of hip-hop music.

Episodes of Independent Lens3

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The Bad Kids

Watch this film through April 14th.

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The Bad Kids

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Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

Watch this film through November 4, 2019.

53:57

Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream

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Independent Lens

Indian Relay

Watch this film through November 17, 2017.

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Indian Relay

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Clips of Independent Lens554

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SEED: The Untold Story - Botanical Explorer Joe - Clip

SEED: The Untold Story premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 17, 2017.

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SEED: The Untold Story - Botanical Explorer Joe - Clip

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SEED: The Untold Story - Seeds Are Magic - Clip

SEED: The Untold Story premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 17, 2017.

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SEED: The Untold Story - Seeds Are Magic - Clip

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SEED: The Untold Story - Trailer

SEED: The Untold Story premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 17, 2017.

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SEED: The Untold Story - Trailer

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Newtown - "We Don't Have a Teacher" - Clip

Newtown premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Newtown - "We Don't Have a Teacher" - Clip

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Ovarian Psycos - East L.A. & Chicano Civil Rights - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - East L.A. & Chicano Civil Rights - Clip

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Independent Lens

Ovarian Psycos - Returning to Childhood Home of Abuse - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - Returning to Childhood Home of Abuse - Clip

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Ovarian Psycos - Women Find Strength in Numbers - Clip

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - Women Find Strength in Numbers - Clip

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Independent Lens

Ovarian Psycos - Trailer

Ovarian Psycos premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, March 27, 2017.

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Ovarian Psycos - Trailer

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Previews of Independent Lens209

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Independent Lens

National Bird - Trailer

National Bird premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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National Bird - Trailer

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Independent Lens

Newtown - Trailer

Newtown premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 3, 2017.

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Newtown - Trailer

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The Bad Kids - Trailer

The Bad Kids premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Monday, April 20, 2017.

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The Bad Kids - Trailer

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TOWER - Trailer

TOWER premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

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TOWER - Trailer

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