Byron Hurt, creator and director of Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes, made a new short documentary called Barack & Curtis: Manhood, Power, & Respect. You can watch it here: http://www.bhurt.com/barackandcurtis.php
. It is about the contrasting images of black masculinity that Barack Obama and rapper 50 Cent portray as major popular figures in our society. I would love to hear what others on the site think about this video, but I wanted to bring it up more to generate a discussion about the interplay between violence, masculinity, and race in the United States. His full-length documentary Beyond Beats and Rhymes goes into far more depth into how our society's hyper-masculine and hyper-violent culture forces a system in which violence or at least the threat of it is a part of achieving success.