Byron Hurt

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Byron Hurt
Born Byron Patrick Hurt
(1969-12-31) December 31, 1969 (age 47)
Residence Plainfield, New Jersey
Nationality United States
Education Northeastern University
Home town Central Islip, New York
Spouse(s) Kenya Felice Crumel (m. 2006)
Website http://www.bhurt.com/

Byron Patrick Hurt (born December 31, 1969) is an American activist, lecturer, writer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In 2010, he hosted the Emmy-nominated television show, Reel Works with Byron Hurt.[1] His documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival[2] and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2007.[3] His film Soul Food Junkies received the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 American Black Film Festival[1] and aired on PBS' Independent Lens in January 2013.[4]

Hurt is currently working on his new documentary Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In, an exploration on the culture of hazing following the tragic hazing deaths of young people.[5]

Biography[edit]

Byron Hurt attended Northeastern University to study Journalism. While attending Northeastern, Hurt played football as a quarterback,[6] and founded God Bless the Child Productions before graduating in 1993. Upon graduation he was hired by the university's Center for the Study of Sport in Society to help form the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program with the purpose of educating young black men about gender and sexual violence. This experience led Hurt to produce and direct the documentary I Am A Man: Black Masculinity in America. Hurt is also the former associate director of the United States Marine Corps gender violence prevention program. On September 30, 2006, Byron Hurt married Kenya Felice Crumel at their home in Plainfield, New Jersey.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "November 11 Provost’s Lecture with Filmmaker Byron Hurt". Stony Brook University. November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Beyond beats and rhymes. How far has hip hop come and where will it go next?". Stanford University, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research. February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes". PBS. 
  4. ^ "Soul Food Junkies". PBS. 
  5. ^ "Independent Lens & Independent Television Service (ITVS) Board Byron Hurt's Hazing Documentary - 2016 Completion Eyed". Shadow and Act. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  6. ^ Bigg, Matthew and "U.S. hip-hop film sparks debate on masculinity", Reuters, February 20, 2007.
  7. ^ "Kenya Crumel and Byron Hurt". The New York Times. October 1, 2006. Retrieved March 7, 2008. 

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