Hip Hop Spirituality: Spirit, Meaning, and Purpose

By Judith Corbett Carter.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Spirituality is cherished by many, including the religious and non-religious, and it is expressed through prayer, mediation, music, spoken word, social consciousness, and in many other ways. Hip hop’s “irreverent spirituality” (Dyson 2001) portrays God on the streets and Jesus as a “social critic and revolutionary” (Cheng 2009) by talking about the complexity of faith and the human struggle. In this article, I will show how hip-hop spirituality connects to life experiences, and offers an alternative expression of faith.

Keywords: Hip Hop Spirituality, Image of God

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.11-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 212.997KB).

Dr. Judith Corbett Carter

Assistant Professor, SEEK, Brooklyn College, CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Judith Corbett Carter is an Assistant Professor in the SEEK Department. She received her Ph.D. from Loyola College in Maryland, M.Ed. from the University of Toledo, and B.A. from Youngstown State University. Previous appointments include University of Phoenix, Peirce College, Drexel University, and Philadelphia University. Prior to a career in higher education, she served as a probation officer for the District of Columbia, and a social worker and mental health counselor in Toledo, Ohio. Her area of expertise is counseling at risk populations. Her research interests include: spiritual and personal characteristics of effective religious and non religious leaders; and student success in higher education equal opportunity programs.