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Rap and Religion Blog
Dr. Utley writes about rap and religion on her blog.

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Utley, Ebony A. "What Does Beyonce Mean to Young Girls?" Journal of Popular Music Studies. 29:2 (2017): 1-12.

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Resurrection Power: Rapper Appropriation of the Crucified Jesus
Dr. Utley describes how rappers have appropriated Jesus's characteristics.

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Social Movement Strategies and the Hip Hop Generation
Dr. Utley identifies the similarities between the civil rights generation and the hip hop generation.

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Left of Black
Dr. Utley discusses the impact of religion on hip hop with Dr. Mark Anthony Neal.

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Identifying with God: Jay-Z's Power to Profit
Dr. Utley claims that Jay-Z lives religion by connecting it to capitalism.

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Why All the Silly Devil Talk Should be Taken Seriously
Dr. Utley breaks down the race, gender, and class implications of the accusations that popular mainstream artists are devil worshippers or witches.

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Dear Nicki Minaj: An Open Letter
Dr. Utley writes to Nicki Minaj about being a Barbie.

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Some Bittersweet Truths About Ashley Judd
Dr. Utley tells the bittersweet truth about privilege.

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Utley, Ebony A. "'I Used to Love Him': Exploring the Miseducation About Black Love and Sex." Critical Studies in Media Communication. 27:3 (2010): 291-308.

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Hip Hop Jesus
Dr. Utley connects the experiences of urban rappers to the historical and spiritual Jesus who experienced oppression, was crucified by his haters, and was resurrected as a powerful god.

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Patriarchal Entanglements
Dr. Utley asserts that oppression is sexy during a lecture at Cerritos College.

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Is the Whitest White Girl the Best B-Girl?
Dr. Utley asks the producer and writer/director of B-Girl about their colorblind casting choices.

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Female Representations in Hip Hop
During a fireside chat at Wake Forest University with Alta Mauro, Dr. Utley considers how much control female rappers have over their representations in hip hop.

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Utley, Ebony A. and Alisha L. Menzies. "Show Some Love: Youth Responses to 'Kiss Me Thru the Phone.'" Women and Language. 32:2 (2009): 68-77.

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Utley, Ebony A. and Brenda J. Allen, eds. “Hip Hop’s Languages of Love.” Women and Language. 32:2 (2009)

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Will Rap Help Eradicate Racism?
As a guest on Kbeach.org radio, Dr. Utley argues that rap music will not positively impact U.S. race relations.

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