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Poetic Justice: Hip-Hop and Black Liberation Theology; by Mimi Mendes de Leon, ’14

Poetic Justice: Hip-Hop and Black Liberation Theology

By Mimi Mendes de Leon, ’14

 

“It’s bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip

It’s bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip hop”

– Dead Prez “Hip hop”

 

When Macklemore, a white rapper from Seattle, won the 2013 Grammy for best rap album, The National Review joined the ensuing debate over the outcome of the awards ceremony, arguing that the Grammys put “politics before music.” By politics here, The National Review meant the public debate over social issues—in this case gay rights. Macklemore’s album featured the chart topping “Same Love,” the summer anthem for the marriage equality movement, and his win seemed, to The National Review, to be a statement of support from the music industry to the movement. Continue reading

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Seeing and Being Seen at the Margins: Insight into God from the Wilderness; by Luke Hillier, ’15

Seeing and Being Seen at the Margins: Insight into God from the Wilderness

By Luke Hillier, ’15

Introduction: “She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar.” (Gen. 16:1)

Throughout the history of the Jewish and Christian religious traditions, Hagar has been a character in the biblical story who has often gone unnoticed and overlooked. Her story, which takes place only in the sixteenth and twenty-first chapters of Genesis, is one that easily falls into obscurity, overshadowed by the ongoing narrative of Abraham and Sarah which is emphasized by the narrator and the faith traditions at large. In fact, the majority of the commentary regarding the account, which deals with the decision to use Hagar as a surrogate mother in order to ensure that Yahweh’s promise to Abraham is fulfilled, does not even take Hagar’s perspective into consideration, focusing instead on what the experience meant for Abraham and Sarah and what the theological implications of it are.

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