On the evening of July 23, 14 S.O.S. participants and community members gathered at the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy office to watch a documentary film called Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes. The 2006 film explores violence, sexism, and homophobia in hip-hop music through a series of interviews with prominent hip-hop artists like Busta Rhymes and Mos Def. The film also features students and professors from Spelman College and University of Pennsylvania.
S.O.S. staff led the community in a valuable discussion about the expectations of Black masculinity through mainstream hip-hop music and culture and examined the stereotypes that media and hip-hop promote about race and gender. S.O.S. is happy to engage young men in discussions about healthy masculinity and the challenges presented by current mainstream media.