Hip-Hop, Religion and the Black Church on the October 29th Left of Black


Hip-Hop, Religion and the Black Church on the October 29th Left of Black

In the Spring of 1991, Black Sacred Music: a Journal of Theomusicology (Duke University Press), published a special issue of the journal, “The Emergency of Black and the Emergence of Rap,” edited by Jon Michael Spencer (Yahya Jongintaba) and featuring essays from William Eric Perkins, Angela Spence Nelson, legendary religious scholar C. Eric Lincoln and a young Michael Eric Dyson. Though the Nation of Gods and Earths were part of the fabric of Hip-Hop culture from its earliest years, the special issue of Black Sacred Music was one of the first examples by scholars making connections between Hip-Hop culture and religious and spiritual practices—at a time when there were still few examples of mainstream scholarship on Hip-hop Culture.

Two decades later, scholars Monica R. Miller, Ebony A. Utley and Emmett G. Price III published ground breaking books on Hip-Hop, religion and the Black Church within months of each.  Professors Miller, Utley and Price, join host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal on Left of Black via Skype to talk about their books Religion and Hip-Hop (Routledge, 2012), Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God (Praeger 2012) and The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012).


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Left of Black is recorded and produced at the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.