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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 250–252.
Published: 01 March 1992
...Cornel West Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press 1992 Sex and Suicide Camel West The body may be a poor vessel for transcendence, yet it now is the last such vessel for many. This is especially so for teenagers in our culture-though it also holds for large numbers of adults. How does one...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 125–132.
Published: 01 September 1989
...." This does not mean to relish in food, drink, and merriment, but as the title of another song on the album suggests, to engage in "Dance Music Sex Romance." And in "Dance On" from his 1988 album, Lovesexy, he recounts the insanities of the worldgangs, war, the threat of nuclear armament, murder, and theft...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 68–74.
Published: 01 September 1989
... to sustain him. This is nowhere better illustrated than in his piece "Sanctified Lady," which was posthumously altered from the original title and text, "Sanctified Pussy." Gaye's oxymoron-his synthesis of the extremes that "sanctification" and "pussy" signify-was the precursor of the theme of "sex...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): v.
Published: 01 September 1989
... of intellectual inquiry into the theology of American popular culture can be pivotal and prophetic scholarship. A number of essays published prior to this collection help substantiate this assertion: "On Afro-American Popular Music," "Sex and Suicide," and "In Memory of Marvin Gaye" by philosopher Comel West...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 68–97.
Published: 01 March 1992
... perspective as the solution to the problem of black suffering. Instead, they sang, "Got the blues, and too dam' mean to cry." The blues depict the "secular" dimension of black experience. They are "worldly" songs which tell us about love and sex, and about that other "mule kickin' in my stall." They tell us...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 274–281.
Published: 01 March 1992
...Michael Eric Dyson Copyright © 1992 by Duke University Press 1992 Rights and Responsibilities: 2 Live Crew and Rap's Moral Vision Michael Eric Dyson Sex, race, and class have played a critical role in numerous American cultural revolutions during this century. The civil rights, feminist...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 36–46.
Published: 01 March 1992
... to concrete life situations. And if life is perceived to be a battle of the sexes, or a quest for pleasure, that's just the way it is. The blues singer, acting as ritual poet, merely reflects the horrible and beautiful realities of life. He didn't make it that way, that is just the way things are. Hardships...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 25–40.
Published: 01 March 1991
... Ba sis of Ethnic Identity. ed. Geneva Gay and Willie L. Baber (New York : Praeger, 198 4), ro4. 9. Richard B. Gregg, "The Ego-Function of the Rhetoric of Protest," Philosophy of Rh etori c (Spring 1971): 78. 11,ree Waves ol Rap Music 29 opposite sex, concerns over unemployment and poverty...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 239–253.
Published: 01 March 1994
... Thistlethwaite, Sex, Race and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White !San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1989); and Angela Davis, Women, Race, and Class !New York: Random House, 1981). 246 Black Sacred Music ering cultural tradition. Within this context she uses her power (derived in part from institutional...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 244–249.
Published: 01 March 1992
... a candle and water. Madonna must be denounced and Pepsi-Cola threatened with boycott because she is a sexually attractive woman who dares to link her sexuality with God and religious images: That, gentle persons, is the heart of the matter. The link between vitality and fertility, between life and sex, has...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 146–158.
Published: 01 September 1989
... by exploiting the most base human instincts, "17 a student of religion who has been following Prince's musical career, Alton B. Pollard, shared a far more discerning critique. What is interesting about Prince in terms of theological study, he said, is that he is not simply someone who is selling sex...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 33–35.
Published: 01 March 1992
... that it is, a tradition of Eurocentric interpretation has been built upon it, interpretation that includes a preoccupation with the theme of sex. The insurrection of subjugated sexualities in the blues-the blues singers' flaunting of metaphors implying immense sexual capacity-has teased their Victorian sensibilities...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 203–205.
Published: 01 March 1992
... equates the virtue of respect with a woman's sexual submissiveness to her man: "Redding's version of 'Respect' is extraordinary because it seizes a key idea of the civil rights movement and applies it to every man's sex life. But the song meant much more as a woman's vehicle As she did on all her early...
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Black Sacred Music (1991) 5 (1): 68–79.
Published: 01 March 1991
... with Crossroads Magazine. When asked if there was any artistic work that he would classify as obscene, he responded: "When people start cutting heads off bodies and having sex with corpses, I find that shit obscene. That's in music. That's in a lot of music. But if you're into it, then that's your thing. That's...
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Black Sacred Music (1987) 1 (1): 47–52.
Published: 01 March 1987
..., 447. 4Prince, "Let's Go Crazy from his 1984 Warner Bros. album, Purple Rain. 50f course, in the Black religious experience the dominant tension has always been racism. In addition, it should be noted that the issue of sex has been more recently eclipsed in larger society by campaigns against drugs...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 133–141.
Published: 01 September 1989
... been racism. In addition, it should be noted that the issue of sex has been more recently eclipsed in larger society by campaigns against drugs and alcohol. From our perspec- cuity is one of the greatest of moral evils, inclusive of teen pregnancy, abortion, single parent families, sexually transmitted...
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Black Sacred Music (1994) 8 (1): 205–217.
Published: 01 March 1994
... and amateur blues historiography that has followed it. Indeed, Oliver's Eurocentric scholarship may have set the tone for most of the writing that whites have done on African American popular music. This tradition of Eurocentric scholarship includes a preoccupation with the theme of sex and the presumption...
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Black Sacred Music (1989) 3 (2): 85–97.
Published: 01 September 1989
... the body and the soul.11 Is Al Green, along with Marvin Gaye, was the uncontested AfricanAmerican male singer/sex symbol of the seventies. As evidenced in the above-recounted concert review, there was something sensual and electrifying about Green the singer and performer. From our standpoint, the sine qua...
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Black Sacred Music (1993) 7 (2): 61–62.
Published: 01 September 1993
.... - - - . African Origins of the Major "Western Religions." Baltimore, Md.: Black Classic, 1991. Best, Kenneth Y African Challenge: Major Issues in African Christianity. Nairobi: Transafrica, 1975. Bond-Stewart, Kathy. Independence Is Not Only for One Sex. Harare: Zimbabwe Publishing, 1987. A Call for Relevant...
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Black Sacred Music (1992) 6 (1): 55–67.
Published: 01 March 1992
... the special accent of 'significance These distillations become "significant" in a religious sense if they evoke feelings of awe, wonder, and delight- as in the blues where behavior is compressed into the single point of sex. The function of these awe-inspiring distillations is to divide the sacred from...