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Film Screening to Open 'Black Men' Discussion Series at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — The Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College will open the fall portion of its yearlong discussion series on the topic of “Black Men” with a screening and presentation by filmmaker Byron Hurt. The showing of Hurt’s documentary “I am a Man: Black Masculinity in America” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public.

“I am a Man” looks at such questions as how black masculinity in America differs from white masculinity; how racism, sexism, homophobia and the threat of violence helped shape black masculine identity in American culture; and how the “cool pose culture” helps black males attain masculine identity. The film links black men from various socioeconomic backgrounds with some of America’s most progressive academics, social critics and authors to provide an engaging, candid dialogue. Those interviewed range from cultural critics bell hooks and Michael Eric Dyson to renowned psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint to entertainer MC Hammer.

A football player at Northeastern University, Hurt was hired upon graduation in 1993 by the university’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society to help found the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading college-based rape and domestic violence prevention initiative for athletics. He later worked with the United States Marine Corps on its first gender violence prevention program.

Hurt has used his writings and his filmmaking talents to broaden and deepen how people think about race and gender. His films include “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” and “Barack & Curtis: Manhood, Power & Respect,” which examined the contrasting styles of manhood exhibited by President Barack Obama and rapper Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent. He has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences and trained thousands of young men and women on issues related to gender, race, sex, violence, music and visual media.

Housed in the School of Humanities and Sciences, the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) prepares students to live in a multiracial and polycultural world by understanding how race and ethnicity shape an individual’s identity and life chances. The center hosts a discussion series on a different topic each year to promote a meaningful dialogue on themes that may not be well covered in the college-wide curriculum.

For more information on Byron Hurt, visit www.bhurt.com/. For more information on the CSCRE, visit www.ithaca.edu/cscre/.



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