Michael Eric Dyson
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Michael Eric Dyson
When you look at a guy like a Jay-Z or look at a guy like a Nas, you don’t necessarily qualify them as conscious rap…
There’s a great book about John Kennedy and his relationship to civil rights called ‘The Bystander.’ The title alone suggests that he did as little…
Race was thick in the O.J. Simpson case from the very beginning, but it wasn’t evident. And I think the O.J. Simpson case revealed that…
If you take a guy like a Barack Obama, who’s raised millions of dollars from the most donors in the history of this nation, it…
I think that not only do saints make poor role models, they are incapable in one sense of identifying radically with those of us who…
It is bad enough to be white and poor; it is worse still to be black, or brown, and female, and young, and poor. Simply…
With the evolution of social media that includes blogging, Facebook, and Twitter, who and how information is delivered has changed tremendously. The landscape for news…
I’m a ‘tweener,’ man! I couldn’t march with Dr. King and them. And I’m too old to be a hip-hopper. But I’ve been granted honorary…
I want young people to look at me and go, ‘Damn, I want to be like that brother. He sharp, he be on point. He…
I think the O.J. Simpson case conjured all the paranoia, the racial anxiety, but also the racial fatigue that America has endured over the last…
By denying its musical and artistic merit, hip hop’s critics get to have it both ways: they can deny the legitimate artistic standing of rap…
Body piercing and baggy clothes express identity among black youth, and not just beginning with hip-hop culture. Moreover, young black entrepreneurs like Sean ‘P. Diddy’…
When you see the misogyny of hip-hop, it’s so horrible, it’s so putrid, it’s so, you know, odious, that we know, we smell, we see…
There are huge divorces and divides and chasms in black America between the have-gots and the have-nots, between the monied and the poor, between the…
Speaking out against rap music is useless, and it’s futile. The reality is there’s criticism for everything, but Jay-Z is one of the most remarkable…
White-on-white crime is a devastation in America like so-called black-on-black crime. It’s not black or white-on-white crime. It’s proximity murder.
I grew up in Detroit. I was a teen father. I lived on welfare for three years. I have a brother serving life in prison,…
My church is the world! I want to bring the gospel to as broad and as interesting an audience as possible.
My ambition didn’t grow out of nowhere. It was planted in me by a community that nurtured me.
I used to tell people when I preached at a church, ‘If you want a great sermon, be a great audience.’
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