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Here, collected for the first time, are interviews and essays representing Michael Eric Dyson's most important thinking on race and identity. Exploring such topics as "whiteness" as seen through a black man's eye, modernism and postmodernism in black culture, and the emancipating role of black music from the plantation to the ghetto, Open Mike is a perfect introduction to Dyson's work and a must-have for students and scholars in African American Studies and Cultural Studies. ...
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Open Mike

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Overview

Here, collected for the first time, are interviews and essays representing Michael Eric Dyson's most important thinking on race and identity. Exploring such topics as "whiteness" as seen through a black man's eye, modernism and postmodernism in black culture, and the emancipating role of black music from the plantation to the ghetto, Open Mike is a perfect introduction to Dyson's work and a must-have for students and scholars in African American Studies and Cultural Studies.
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Publishers Weekly
This is a collection of interviews with Dyson (Race Rules; Making Malcolm; etc.), the professor, public intellectual and Baptist minister, on topics ranging from homoeroticism and the Bible to jazz and hip-hop. The most prominent emphases are contemporary critical theory and religion, which don't necessarily lend themselves to improvisation. However, the format makes Dyson's reflections more inviting than they might otherwise be to casual readers. If the fresh insights are only occasional, the book is still a useful collation of many contemporary issuesDthough the occasional selection, like the chapter on rapper Tupac ("Searching for the Black Jesus") suffers equally from excess and partialityDDyson's Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur has already argued the rapper's case. 12-city author tour. (Jan.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786724024
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 681 KB

Meet the Author

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right? and I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2005

    Deep, Liberating, and a Good Convo Starter for those who read it.

    I like it when an Author such Dr. Dyson can stimulate thoughts about our own feelings. He engages in all of his books for the reader to get real with themselves and strectch beyond the sterotypes, biases, educational and social barriers that binds us. Since meeting him when he spoke at my University in GA (FVSU) he has reignited my passion to become another but effective black intellectual to reunite the passion we(african Americans, Blacks, Africans, or however we classify ourselves) Once had during civil rights movement. Unity truth and integrety is what we need to re-establish our tarnished legacy.

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