Posts By: Dr. Utley

Learning While Teaching: Understanding the Gangsta’s God

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Take a look at my interview with Rev. Donald Perryman in The Truth. Recently, I had been intrigued, no stunned, by the recurring theme of the Divine and Holy interspersed among “not so nice” utterances by a young man during a mentoring session on fatherhood. Dressed head to toe in a bright ensemble all of… Read more »

Celebrating Religious Freedom

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Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, the date the last slaves found out that they were emancipated in Galveston, Texas. Even though President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, word did not travel to Texas for two and a half more years. Sometimes called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day,… Read more »

Exploring rap and religion with Dr. Ebony Utley

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Check out my interview with Miracle LeRoy in The Examiner. Dr. Utley took time out to chat with The Examiner about the book, as well as a few other things, like her time here in Milwaukee teaching at Marquette University. Continue Reading  

Rap and Religion Release Party

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Red Pegasus Management presents the Hollywood release party for Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God on July 15, 2012 at the Blue Goose Lounge. Dr. Ebony Utley promises to put her heels on, sell books at a serious discount, autograph copies, and participate in a Q&A as DJ Kaleem spins songs from Rap and… Read more »

Daddy God

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 is Father’s Day. It’s the day Americans celebrate fatherhood. But many people experience Father’s Day with mixed emotions because they don’t have the relationships they’d like to have with their fathers. 

Jesus is My Nigga (in Paris)

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Lengthy discussions about who can and who can’t say nigga exhaust me. J Smooth already issued the final word on the matter. Besides, it’s so frustrating to have a conversation about a word that most people are afraid to say out loud. You won’t hear any “N-words” from me. If I say (or type) the… Read more »

Rap and Religion Ebooks

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If you’re an avid reader of ebooks, Rap and Religion will still be electronically accessible to you. It will be available through the following platforms:

June is Black Music Month

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In June of 1979, President Jimmy Carter declared that the month would celebrate black music. Each subsequent president has continued the Black Music Month tradition, and in 2009 Barack Obama officially renamed the recognition African American Music Appreciation Month. This renaming from Black to African American by our first Black president is significant.

Utley’s Newest Book Takes A Look At God, Hip-Hop And Rap

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Check out my interview with Richard Manly for inside CSULB. Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God, the latest book from Communication Studies’ Ebony A. Utley, takes a fresh look at references to God within hip-hop culture and rap music. Continue Reading