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Between God and gangsta rap : bearing witness to black culture

Author: Michael Eric Dyson
Publisher: New York : Oxford Unviersity Press, 1996.
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A former welfare father from the ghetto of Detroit, Michael Eric Dyson is today a critic, scholar, and ordained Baptist minister who has forged a unique role: he is a compelling spokesman for the concerns of the black community, and also a leader who has a genuine rapport with that community, particularly with urban youth. In his essays, lectures, sermons, and books, he has emerged as one of the leading
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Dyson, Michael Eric.
Between God and gangsta rap.
New York : Oxford Unviersity Press, 1996
(OCoLC)604913572
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Eric Dyson
ISBN: 0195098986 9780195098983 9780195115697 0195115694
OCLC Number: 32704883
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 218 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Michael Eric Dyson.
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Eric Dyson has emerged as one of the leading African-American voices of our day. Bringing together his writings on music, religion, politics, and identity, this collection offers a multi-faceted view  Read more...

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schema:description"The letter serves as a tribute to the redemptive powers of love, the black family, spirit, and change. Arguing that the richness of black culture today can be found in the interstices - between god and gangsta rap - Dyson charts the progress and pain of African Americans over the past decade. As a compendium of his thinking about contemporary culture Between God and Gangsta Rap will find a wide audience among black and white readers."@en
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