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  • Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • 11:00 AM–12:15 PM
  • CFAC 227

Chance The Rapper Ain’t New: Revisiting a Theology of Hip Hop in an Era of Trump & White Radicalization

The election of Donald J. Trump to the highest office in the United States on November 8 2016, created a phenomenological dilemma in both how race is seen by White America and how religion plays a role in subjugation of Black bodies. Trump’s rhetoric and connotative discourse of racism, misogyny, and disregard for ethnic-minority right to life, has not just embolden young White males, but radicalized them toward White Supremacy and White nationalism rooted in a version of Evangelical Christianity. This session will explore the intricacies of a Hip Hop liberation theology rooted in Black Theology. This session will examine the socio-theological and socio-political nature of artists Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Janelle Monáe, and Tupac Amaru Shakur to better understand and engage with this current era of White racism and socio-political populist demagoguery.

Daniel White Hodge With 23 years of youth work experience, Daniel White Hodge, PhD, is a recognized urban youth culture expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dr. Hodge is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult emerging generations. His three books areHeaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009), The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010), Hip Hop’s Hostile Gospel: A Post Soul Theological Exploration (Brill Academic 2017) and He is currently working on a co-authored book titled Between God & Kanye: Youth Ministry in a Post-Civil Rights Era (IVP Academic, late 2017) with Irene Cho (Fuller’s Youth Institute). 

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