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Georgetown Professor, Rapper Talib Kweli, Artists Talk Faith and Hip-Hop

April 21, 2014 – Michael Eric Dyson, university professor at Georgetown, discussed the intersections of religion and hip-hop with a panel of artists from diverse faiths that included rapper Talib Kweli earlier this month during a musical event at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

Georgetown partnered with the Kennedy Center on April 9 to feature “Faith, Hip Hop, and the Common Good,” as a part of its three-day conference in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Washington.

Hip-hop music mogul Russell Simmons welcomed the audience for a show that highlighted interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens by bringing together artists from across the country and around the world who promote peace and social change.

Dyson’s discussion followed a concert that featured Kweli, Christian rapper Jin, British Muslim female duo Poetic Pilgrimage, Malian rapper AmKoullel, Canadian Muslim hip-hop artist The Narcicyst, Sikh hip-hop artist Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo.