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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, and brings together writings on music, religion, politics, and identity to offer a multi-faceted view of black life.
"Michael Eric Dyson is...one of our most compelling spokesmen for the concerns of the Black community today."--Black History
"A provocative collection of essays on black culture.... Dyson is one of a group of contemporary black writers, including bell hooks, Cornel West, and Derrick Bell, who are forging what might be called a new canon of inclusion."--Christopher John Farley, Time
"Eclectically jumping from profiles of Michael Jordan...to the Rev. Gardner Taylor,...Dyson provides an expertly composed snapshot of contemporary African-American life."--Newsday
"If you're a member of the hip hop community who's fed up with critics attacking the genre and villifying its artists, Michael Eric Dyson's latest book, Between God and Gangsta Rap, provides long-sought-after relief. This brother's sermon is a must-read."--Shani Saxon, Vibe