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Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. He is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated series, "REEL WORKS with BYRON HURT." His documentary, "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was later broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens.

In 2010, MSNBC's named "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" one of the "Top 10 Most Important African-American Themed Films of the Decade." The Independent named him one of the "Top 10 Filmmakers to Watch" in 2011.

His writings have been published in several anthologies, including Michael Eric Dyson’s “Know What I Mean?” Kevin Powell’s “The Black Male Handbook,” and Shira Tarrant’s “Men Speak Out.” Hurt as also been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, O Magazine, Mother Jones, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Huffington Post, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Final Call, and He has also appeared on NPR, CNN, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET, ABC News World Tonight, HuffPost Live, Our World with Black Enterprise, C-Span, and many other outlets.

Byron Hurt's current film, "Soul Food Junkies," was completed in 2012 and made its national television premiere on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens, in January 2013. "Soul Food Junkies" won CNN Best Documentary at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. It is currently touring nationwide.

Learn more at Learn more about Soul Food Junkies at Hurt is available for speaking engagements and screening talk-backs. Contact Kevin MacRae at Public relations and media inquiries are directed to AKILA WORKSONGS, Inc. at 718.756.8501 or

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