We gon' be alright: Rap and Reggae as Black Sacred Space -- Sightings (Noel Leo Erskine)
Music is a powerful force. It touches hearts more than minds, but the messages carried by music can be powerful. That's why we sing in church. It helps us connect with God and with one another. Music also has cultural components, which means that not all music touches us in the same way. Rap and Reggae have now been with us for some time, but I came of age prior to the advent of rap. I'm not sure the style hits in the same way as it does others, but I appreciate this essay because invites us to listen to how music can be a vehicle for creating alternative visions of reality. So, I invite you to read and contemplate this essay from Sightings, written by Noel Leo Erskine of Candler School of Theology.