About Byron Hurt
Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer. Hurt 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.
The former Northeastern University football quarterback was also a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for college and professional athletics. Hurt also served as an Associate Director of the first gender violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps.
Byron's 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." In the media, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The L.A. Times, O Magazine, Mother Jones, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Philadelphia Tribune, The Final Call, AllHipHop.com, NPR, News World Tonight, Black Enterprise, C-Span, and many other outlets have featured Byron's work.
Byron's latest film, Soul Food Junkies is critically acclaimed won the CNN Best Documentary award at the American Black Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York City. The film made its national television premiere on PBS' Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens in January 2013. Soul Food Junkies is currently touring the country and playing in front of large audiences and is receiving rave reviews. Learn more at www.BHurt.com and www.itvs.org/films/soul-food-junkies. A member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Hurt's next film will be on the topic of hazing.