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The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture : Toward Bridging the Generational Divide - Emmett G. Price

The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture

Toward Bridging the Generational Divide

By: Emmett G. Price (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 10th November 2011
ISBN: 9780810882362
Number Of Pages: 228
For Ages: 22+ years old

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No friction among generations has been as extreme, volatile, and destructive as the present one between the Civil Rights generation and the hip-hop generation. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the Black church stood as the stronghold of the Black community, fighting for equality and economic self-sufficiency, and challenging its body to be self-determined and self-aware. Hip-hop culture grew from disenfranchised urban youth who felt that they had no support system or resources. Impassioned with the same urgent desires for survival and hope that their parents and grandparents had carried, these youth forged their way from the bottom of America "s belly one rhyme at a time. For many young people, hip-hop culture is a supplement, or even an alternative, to the weekly dose of Sunday morning faith.In this collection of provocative essays, leading thinkers, preachers, and scholars from around the country challenge both the Black church and the hip-hop generation to realize their shared responsibilities to one another and to the greater society. Arranged into three sections, this volume addresses key issues in the debate between two of the most significant institutions of Black culture. The first section, SFrom Civil Rights to Hip Hop, explores the transition from one generation to another through the transmission �or lack thereof �of legacy and heritage. Section two, SThe Black Church and Hip Hop in Dialogue, explores the numerous ways in which the conversation is already going on �from sermons to theoretical examinations and spiritual ponderings. Section Three, SGospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrix, clarifies the perspectives and insights of practitioners, scholars, and activists who explore various expressions of faith and the diversity of locations where these expressions take place.In The Black Church and Hip-Hop Culture, pastors, ministers, theologians, educators and laypersons wrestle with the challenging duties of providing timely commentary, critical analysis, and in some cases practical strategies towards forgiveness, healing, restoration, and reconciliation. With inspiring reflections and empowering commentary, this collection demonstrates why and how the Black church must re-engage in the lives of those who comprise the hip-hop generation.

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Price has edited a collection of essays on a very important but neglected topic: the generational divide between black churches and the hip-hop culture of young people. The cultural clash was vividly illustrated in 1994 when Calvin Butts, pastor of Harlem's famed Abysinnian Baptist Church, had a bulldozer crush a pile of gangsta rap CDs in a public ceremony, decrying their misogynistic attitudes and the romanticism of gang violence. Most of the essays call for reconciliation between these cultures because hip-hop represents the two populations missing in most black churches--men and young people--as Josef Sorett points out in his essay. The book is divided into three parts: "From Civil Rights to Hip Hop"; "Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church in Dialogue"; and "Gospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrix." The collection represents a diversity of viewpoints and styles, with content ranging from essays to sermons....This volume represents an important first step in research. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *
This is a timely and fascinating look at the various directions and disconnect that the Black Church and hip-hop culture have had in the past century in they way they have coped with and expressed their concern with racial equality and economic self-sufficiency. The Black Church played a strong role in the civil rights era and beyond in helping to deal with these key issues. The hip-hop culture grew from the disenfranchised youth looking for both support and guidance. Both groups were seeking the same thing but had very different means of achieving their goals. This volume provides essays written by black leaders, preachers, and scholars on their responsibilities to society and to one another. It is broken down into three sections, each with about eight to ten essays: "From Civil Right to Hip Hop," "Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church in Dialogue," and "Gospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrix." The essays address such issues as the transition of one generation to the next, the various expressions of faith, and similarities and differences among the two cultures. The book provides timely commentary, analysis and strategies toward reconciling and perhaps even merging the efforts of these two groups. It will be a useful supplement to many black studies courses as well as of interest to those involved in black ministry. * American Reference Books Annual *
I am truly impressed with the [The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture]'s subject matter and content and view it as successfully targeting two of the most important "institutions" in American society and life involving people of Africana descent today and that these institutions represent best the generational divide. I agree that the Black Church and its reaction to and connection with Hip Hop Culture must be problematized and interrogated. This [volume] delivers on its purpose and mission of doing just that. -- Angela Nelson, Bowling Green State University
In both aesthetic and political terms, the Black Church and Hip Hop have demonstrated voracious muses as they've influenced and internalized the outside social world. Emmett Price's vibrant new collection engages from myriad angles some of the internal discussions-the "kitchen talk"-of these contiguous communities. What they've shared, how they've differed, and where they might go from here is theorized and imagined in intellectual terms in this book but with all the soulfulness of a church mother's moan or a digital loop. Let the church say: 'and you don't stop!' -- Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., University of Pennsylvania; author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip Hop

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
From Civil Rights to Hip Hopp. 1
From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: A Meditationp. 3
Dissed-Enfranchised: The Black Church under the Steeplep. 15
Chasing a Dream Deferred: From Movement to Culturep. 21 Emmett G.
Hip Hop Culture and the Black Church in Dialoguep. 31
Deep Calls to Deep: Beginning Explorations of the Dialogue between the Black Church and Hip Hopp. 33
Rap Music as Prophetic Utterancep. 43
Binding the Straw Man: Hip Hop, African American Protestant Religion, and the Dilemma of Dialoguep. 55
Sermon: "Kick Your Delilah to the Curb"p. 63
Thou Shall Have No Other Gods before Me: Myths, Idols, and Generational Healingp. 67
Hip Hop Children of a Lesser Godp. 81
Sermon: "Bling Bling"p. 85
Formality Meets Hip Hop: The Influence of Hip Hop Culture on the Afro-European Churchp. 95
Gospel Rap, Holy Hip Hop, and the Hip Hop Matrixp. 105
Beats, Rhymes and Bibles: An Introduction to Gospel Hip Hopp. 107
Isn't Loving God Enough? Debating Holy Hip Hopp. 115
Five Theses on the Globalization of Thug Life and 21st Century Missionsp. 131
Hip Hop, Theology, and the Future of the Black Churchp. 153
Confessions of a Hip Hop Generation Ministerp. 159
Spiritually Educating and Empowering a Generation: Growing Up in a Hip Hop Matrixp. 165
An Invisible Institution: A Functional Approach to Religion in Sports in Wounded African American Communitiesp. 173
"To Serve the Present Age": A Benedictionp. 189
Selected Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 197
About the Editor and Contributorsp. 205
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ISBN: 9780810882362
ISBN-10: 0810882361
Series: African American Cultural Theory and Heritage
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 228
Published: 10th November 2011
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.1  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.52

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