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Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African-American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the ...

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Overview

Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African-American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the wake of 9/11, the mastery and ease with which Dyson tackles just about any subject of relevance to black America today is without parallel.

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Library Journal
"Meteoric" describes perfectly the career of this Baptist minister and University of Pennsylvania Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities. In the last decade, Dyson has published eight books (e.g., Holler If You Hear Me) and numerous articles to become a major force among the black intelligentsia. This best-of selection of 36 essays and interviews ranges widely, moving from the predicament of postmodernity through whiteness studies and hip-hop culture, with an essay on Kobe Bryant's "predicament" attesting to the timeliness of the author's concerns. Dyson takes his own stand on the issues directly affecting African Americans and is neither completely liberal nor conservative. His witty writing style and well-documented approach to the topics will engage most readers. An excellent complement to Dyson's other works, notably Race Rules, and to Cornel West's Race Matters and Ishmael Reed's Another Day at the Front, this collection is recommended for all general public and academic library collections.-Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465017713
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/29/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 969,802
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Why I Am an Intellectual
I Dysonography
1 Not from Some Zeus's Head: My Intellectual Development 3
2 Letter to My Brother, Everett, in Prison 19
3 This I Believe 32
II Theories of Race
4 The Liberal Theory of Race 37
5 When You're a Credit to Your Race, the Bill Will Come Due: O. J. Simpson and Our Trial by Fire 46
III Affirmative Action
6 Debating Affirmative Action 69
7 A Reprieve for Affirmative Action 86
IV Multiculturalism
8 Leonard Jeffries and the Struggle for the Black Mind 91
9 Shakespeare and Smokey Robinson: Revisiting the Culture Wars 96
V Whiteness Studies
10 The Labor of Whiteness, the Whiteness of Labor, and the Perils of Whitewishing 107
11 Giving Whiteness a Black Eye 113
VI Gender Views
12 The Plight of Black Men 137
13 Another Saturday Night, or Have All the Brothers Gone to White Women? 147
14 In O. J.'s Shadow: Kobe Bryant's Predicament 167
VII Afro-Baptist Radicalism and Rhetoric
15 "God Almighty Has Spoken from Washington D.C.": American Society and Christian Faith 173
16 Gardner Taylor: The Poet Laureate of the American Pulpit 192
17 "Somewhere I Read of the Freedom of Speech": Constructing a Unique Voice 202
VIII Religion and Sexuality
18 When You Divide Body and Soul, Problems Multiply: The Black Church and Sexuality 219
19 Homotextualities: The Bible, Sexual Ethics, and the Theology of Homoeroticism 238
IX Biocriticism and Black Icons
20 X Marks the Plots: A Critical Reading of Malcolm's Readers 261
21 Mixed Blessings: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Lessons of an Ambiguous Heroism 287
22 "Give Me a Paper and Pen": Tupac's Place in Hip-Hop 306
X Cinema Noir
23 Spike Lee's Neonationalist Vision 327
24 Between Apocalypse and Redemption: John Singleton's Boyz N the Hood 334
25 Ghettocentricity and the New Black Cinema 349
XI The Soul Musics of Black Folk
26 The Promise and Perils of Contemporary Gospel Music 363
27 Mariah Carey and "Authentic" Black Music 367
28 Aretha Franklin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Me 370
29 The Great Next: Jazz Origins and the Anatomy of Improvisation 376
XII Hip-Hop Culture
30 The Culture of Hip-Hop 401
31 Gangsta Rap and American Culture 411
32 We Never Were What We Used to Be: Black Youth, Pop Culture, and the Politics of Nostalgia 418
XIII The Predicament of Postmodernity
33 Michael Jackson's Postmodern Spirituality 443
34 Be Like Mike? Michael Jordan and the Pedagogy of Desire 461
35 Is Postmodernism Just Modernism in Drag? 469
XIV Coda: The Life of the Mind
36 It's Not What You Know, It's How You Show It: Black Public Intellectuals 493
Notes 511
Credits 533
Index 535
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