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Byron Hurt

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Byron Hurt
Born (1969-12-31) December 31, 1969 (age 54)
EducationNorthwestern University
Kenya Felice Crumel
(m. 2006)

Byron Patrick Hurt (born December 31, 1969)[citation needed] 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]



Byron Hurt attended Northwestern University School to study Journalism. While attending Northwestern, 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]




  1. ^ a b "November 11 Provost's Lecture with Filmmaker Byron Hurt". Stony Brook University. November 4, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  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.