Now, I think we should probably start this Note with my disclosure that I am so *not* up to speed on all things pop culture that I didn’t even know JAY-Z and Beyoncé were married. (Hah.) (“That’s like me!”)
So… Michael Eric Dyson is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of a number of New York Times bestselling books including Tears We Cannot Stop.
He’s also been teaching classes on JAY-Z and his poetry for years. As per the inside flap, the book is the fruit of a “decade of teaching the work of one of the greatest poets this nation has produced, as gifted a wordsmith as Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, JAY-Z is sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long.”
I really enjoyed the book for a number of reasons. First, Michael is a brilliant, captivating writer. Second, JAY-Z is an equally brilliant, captivating subject for Michael’s analysis. And, finally, as a white man trying to open my eyes to the realities of the racial issues in our culture, I found this book to be a perfect opportunity to deepen my perspective while appreciating two genius artists at work. If that sounds like fun, I think you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did. Get the book .
As always, I’m excited to share a handful of my favorite Big Ideas with an emphasis on some practical wisdom we can apply to our lives Today, so let’s jump straight in.