When: Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Academic, preacher, and radio host, Michael Eric Dyson has an undeniable love for hip-hop. As the author of Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop, and Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas’s Illmatic, Dyson has brought his keen analysis to the form with reverence while always being mindful of its contradictions. In his latest, JAY-Z: Made in America, Dyson wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z’s career, including his earlier life as a drug dealer, while recognizing the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth, and social injustice. Dyson contends that, “Jay-Z is one of the greatest poets this nation has produced.” Oh, Word?
D. Scot Miller