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Ebony Utley
Ebony Utley

Ebony Utley, Ph.D. is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. She is the author of Rap and Religion: Understanding the...

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Obama’s Way With Words

“Articulate While Black” moves us away from the content of the president’s messages to an exploration of their delivery, and effectively parlays his style shifting from Black Language to white American English into a national conversation on how we see and hear race.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE


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Race and Class, Past and Present

Avery Arlington, the main character of the novel “Elsewhere, California,” is someone you know: the awkward, only black girl in class, the girl hanging out at the 7-Eleven magazine rack wishing she was anybody but herself, and the artist whose work makes you uncomfortable.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE


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Slouching Toward Washington

Mark Edward Taylor’s “Branding Obamessiah: The Rise of an American Idol” lays out the six sacred branding strategies—taken from the world of advertising—used to turn a mere mortal from Chicago into the image of an American savior.

Posted on Apr 12, 2012 READ MORE


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‘Midnight’ and the Meaning of Trust

Fiction is supposed to provide escape. Action/adventure romances are written for youthful readers and the young at heart, but Sister Souljah makes several choices as an author in her new novel, “Midnight and the Meaning of Love,” that make it difficult to trust her.

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 READ MORE


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The Double Life of a Hip-Hop ‘Mogul’

Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, the main player in Terrance Dean’s debut novel, “Mogul,” is a music producer with a secret: He’s on the up-and-up in his career, but he’s also on the down low, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality at the risk of losing his family and his fame in the hip-hop industry.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


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Ebony Utley
Ebony Utley

Ebony Utley, Ph.D. is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. She is the author of Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God (2012). In addition to national radio, print, and online appearances, Dr. Utley lectures at universities across the country and is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach. She resides on the web at theutleyexperience.com.

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