AFR 221 Fall 2014 Giving God a Backbeat: Rap Music, Religion & Spirituality

Also offered Spring 2015

On the surface, religion and rap music may seem as if they have little in common. Yet, like other Black musical traditions such as spirituals and the blues, rap is rooted in African American religious traditions. In this course, we will explore the ways in which rap music intersects with the sacred and secular worlds. Through an examination of black religious traditions, lyrics, music videos, and digital media, we will unearth what Anthony Pinn calls the "spiritual and religious sensibilities" of rap music. Grounded in culture-centered criticism, we will investigate the rhetoric of rap and religion through the theoretical ideas of Black Liberation Theology and hip-hop feminism.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be evaluated on their class participation, response papers, quizzes, and a final class group project
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1943
AFR 221 - 01 (F) SEM Giving God a Backbeat Division 2: Social Studies VaNatta S. Ford
TR 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Paresky 207 1943
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