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Michael Eric Dyson: JAY-Z: Made in America
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
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Michael Eric Dyson: JAY-Z: Made in America
KPFA Radio 94.1 FM & Marcus Books present:

JAY-Z: Made in America
Wednesday, December 11, 7:30 PM  2019
First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA
Advance tickets: $12: brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Marcus Books, Books Inc (Berkeley), Pegasus Books (3 sites), Moes Books, Walden Pond Bookstore, East Bay Books, Mrs. Dalloways, $15 door, benefits KPFA Radio 94.1FM  info: kpfa.org/events   .. .

Bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson has created a powerful portrait of JAY-Z as a true cultural Icon. Published to coincide with the great composers 50th birthday (December 4).  JAY-Z is America at its scrappy, brash, irreverent, soulful, ingenious best: as transcendent a cultural icon as Frank Sinatra, as adventurous a self-made billionaire as Mark Zuckerberg, as gifted a poet as Walt Whitman. As he reaches the half-century mark, JAY-Z has logged thirty years as a recording artist, become the genres first billionaire, and now reigns as an elder statesman in a field teeming with artists half his age as he continues to make relevant rap records that invariably chart well.

JAY-Zs body of work is an artistic and political response to revived racism and renewed hostility to blackness. It is an auspicious time to examine his ideas, gifts, and impact, to take measure of his stride as a cultural colossus. There is no one better suited to this task than Michael Eric Dyson, who has investigated and championed Hip Hop and the work of JAY- Z as a critical American art form for decades. Just as JAY-Z requested in his 2003 song Public Service Announcement, to Allow me to re-introduce myself, this incisive celebration will introduce his work and thought to those who may not know him, and re-introduce him to those who want to examine his art and his evolution more closely. JAY-Z proclaimed in 2001 that he is the God MCmeJAYHOVA. He is a witness to America, a witness of America, and wethis book includedare witness to him and the nation.  Describing the evolution of JAY-Zs work and thinking, Dr. Dyson offers an in-depth analysis of some of this unique artist's most beloved lyrics.

JAY-Z: Made in America is destined to become a collector's item. Michael Eric Dyson, one of Americas premier public intellectuals, is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tears We Cannot Stop  and  What Truth Sounds Like.  He currently occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, is a contributing opinion writer for the   New York Times, and is a contributing editor of The New Republic  and ESPNs The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African-Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.


First Congregational Church of Berkeley (View)
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States


Arts > Literary

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