Hip Hop and The Black Church
Hip hop is a worldwide cultural force. Heavyweights like Chuck D, Missy Elliott, Grandmaster Flash, Notorious B.I.G. and The Roots exported their dance moves, catch phrases, clothes and complex art to a rabid, multilingual and eclectic audience. Now, every block in every city has MCs and DJs, the local celebrities who tell the stories of their culture.
Northeastern University professor Emmett Price says it's time hip hop made its way into the Black Church, and time for the Black Church to reach out to hip hop. The children and grandchildren of the Civil Rights era have grown apart from church, and there's no better way to close the gap than by bringing this explosively popular music home to the sacred institutions that gave birth to some of hip hop's most influential artists.
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Emmett G. Price III, Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University, editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide, founding pastor at the Community of Love Christian Fellowship Church in Allston