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Jay-Z : Made in America With Michael Eric Dyson

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Michael Eric Dyson uses brings to bear his extensive knowledge and research to analyze one of the greatest artists of our day.

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Join us at Johns Hopkins with sociologist and prolific author Michael Eric Dyson as he helps mark Jay-Z’s 50th birthday with a book examining the career of the hip-hop legend and entrepreneur.

JAY-Z: Made in America is the fruit of Michael Eric Dyson’s decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long.

This book wrestles with the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he’s always weaved politics into his music, making important statements about race, criminal justice, black wealth and social injustice. As he enters his fifties, and to mark his thirty years as a recording artist, this is the perfect time to take a look at JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today. In many ways, this is JAY-Z’s America as much as it’s Pelosi’s America, or Trump’s America, or Martin Luther King’s America. JAY-Z has given this country a language to think with and words to live by.

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