By Forward Ever Media

Byron Hurt is an award-winning filmmaker, activist and lecturer. But most of all, he is a brother who takes on issues like sexism, misogyny and hyper-masculinity in hip-hop and pushes for broader representations of what it means to be black and male in America.

His well-known documentary film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes shook up popular notions about hip-hop culture and the rap music industry. Hurt is currently completing a new documentary that explores another topic dear to our hearts: soul food. Disparities in health and wellness continue to disproportionately impact Black men. Hurt’s upcoming documentary, Soul Food Junkies, takes a close look at how we eat to live.

Our New York-based Game Changer Fellow Tesfaye Negussie sat down with Hurt to learn about his new film and what it takes to be a game changer in the film business.