Michael Eric Dyson - JAY-Z: Made in America

Michael Eric Dyson - JAY-Z: Made in America

Monday, Dec 09, 2019 7:00 PM

The Carter Center
453 John Lewis Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Michael Eric Dyson, author of the New York Times bestsellers "Tears We Cannot Stop" and "What Truth Sounds Like," brings us a close examination of one of America's hip hop icons.

This event is free and open to the public. Reserve your seat by pre-ordering a copy of the book from A Cappella. Or if you are unable to attend this event, you may pre-order a signed copy of the book below.

About the Book

"Dyson's incisive analysis of JAY-Z's brilliance not only offers a brief history of hip-hop's critical place in American culture but also hints at how we can best move forward." —Questlove

"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.

About the Author

Michael Eric Dyson is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of the New York Times bestsellers "Tears We Cannot Stop" and "What Truth Sounds Like." He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and is a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.