One of the films screening as part of the African Diaspora Film Festival is Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary about sexism and violence in hip-hop; as Peter Margasak points out, it’s not game-changing but it’s compelling and very well put together all the same. Especially for a first-time director–Byron Hurt captured some very good film; the part where Busta Rhymes talks about moving to Long Island and seeing dew on the grass broke my heart.

What I like about the first part (see below) is the implication that what never happened in the early NYC hip-hop scene but really, really needed to was for someone to cut a Robert Moses diss track. There’s still time!