Dubbed the "Hip-Hop Intellectual” by critics and fans for his pioneering explorations of rap music, Dyson probes the most compelling and controversial dimensions of hip-hop culture. He addresses the creative expression of degraded youth that has garnered them global exposure; the vexed gender relations that have made rap music a lightning rod for pundits; the commercial explosion that has made an art form a victim of its success; the political elements that have been submerged in the most popular form of hip hop; and the intellectual engagement with some of hip hop’s most influential figures.
“The black student association is excited about this phenomenal speaker coming to campus,” says Jasmin Watson-El of Xavier’s black student association. “He definitely has a message that students and the community need to hear. "
Dyson has been named by Ebony magazine as one of the hundred most influential black Americans, and is the author of 14 books. He is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches theology, English and African-American studies.
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