Byron Hurt is an American activist, lecturer, writer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. In 2010, he hosted the Emmy-nominated television show, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. His documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2007. His film Soul Food Junkies received the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 American Black Film Festival and aired on PBS Independent Lens in January 2013. Hurt is currently working on his new documentary Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In, an exploration on the culture of hazing following the tragic hazing deaths of young people.