It’s been seven years since he released Holler if You Hear Me and two since Know What I Mean? Now Michael Eric Dyson, the Georgetown prof whom rapper Nas called “a serious intellectual” and a “hip brother who can identify with everyday people,” is out with Can You Hear Me Now? The new book reaffirms Dyson as a sassy renaissance man in the field of black culture, with something provocative to say about everything: Sections include “Faith and Spirit,” “Sports,” “Homosexuality and Homophobia,” and “Wisdom.” His opening remarks in the section titled “Obama” read, “In the adjectival way we measure racial progress, Obama is not a black president, but a black president.” Dyson plays dual roles as public intellectual and sociopolitical pundit, making him a reliable generator of controversies, from his unwavering defense of hip-hop to his ability to find a place for postmodernism in Black evangelical Christianity. It also makes him one hell of an orator.
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