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Monica Miller

Monica Miller

Dr. Monica R. Miller is Assistant Professor of Religion & Africana Studies and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. Among other publications and forthcoming manuscripts, she is the author of Religion and Hip Hop (Routledge) and most recently, The Hip Hop and Religion Reader (Routledge) with Dr. Anthony B. Pinn and Religion in Hip Hop: Mapping the New Terrain in the US (Bloomsbury) with Dr. Pinn and rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman. Miller is a Senior Research Fellow with The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS), Associate Editor of The Journal of Hip Hop Studies, Co-Founder, prior Co-Chair, and Steering Committee Member of ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Hip Hop Culture’ (AAR), member of the international scholarly collective, Culture on the Edge, contributing editor at Marginalia (A LA Review of Books Channel) and editorial board member of Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation book series with Equinox.

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Black Death and the Godz of the New Pop Art

In America, black humanity is a folk category; and black death might have become the new pop art.
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Bill O’Reilly: The Thug Life

The O’Reilly Factor follows a “set of binary codes of the form sacred vs. polluted,” expressed in a number of ways according to sociologist Matthew Norton.
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New Brown Godz Look Back: M.I.A.’s Arular at 10

A look at M.I.A's groundbreaking Arular at ten years old.
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Butterfly Flow: Tupac, Kendrick Lamar, and the Resurrection of New Black Godz

A look at mythic themes in Kendrick Lamar's recent #1 album To Pimp a Butterfly.