Why is the battle between good and evil a recurring theme in rap lyrics? What role does the devil play in hip hop? What exactly does it mean when rappers wear a Jesus piece? Why do rappers acknowledge God during award shows and frequently include prayers in their albums? Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta's God, tackles a sensitive and controversial topic: the juxtaposition—and seeming hypocrisy—of references to God within hip hop culture and rap music. This book provides a focused examination of the intersection of God and religion within three decades of mainstream rap music. Author Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D., also describes the complex urban environments that birthed rap music and sources interviews, award acceptance speeches, magazine and website content, and liner notes to further explain how God became entrenched in hip hop.

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Books, blogs, tabloids, and television shows bombard audiences with messages about why men cheat, how women can keep their men from straying, public apologies from wayward husbands, as well as the salacious details from the affairs of politicians and popular culture icons. Shades of Infidelity: What’s Really Real? shifts the focus away from men by interviewing women from various relationship types and asking them to define infidelity and describe their experiences. The book focuses on how infidelity impacts a woman’s health, family, and finances.

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