Posted Mar 27 2006
Dyson connects the academic world with popular culture and the streets in this collection of his writings. Beyond hip hop, he critically analyzes Black popular culture in a broader context. Among his examinations are the spiritual impact of Michael Jackson on the masses, The Cosby Show, “Boyz N The Hood,” and an entire section on the Black church. The writing is academic-oriented, but this is a very important book, especially considering that it was one of the first academic texts to address hip-hop with some respect.