Hip-Hop Lyrics as Sacred Texts

Brendan Stermer

is a writer & new media producer from the rural prairie community of Montevideo, Minnesota. He is a 2017 Creative Community Leadership Institute fellow and a recipient of a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Grant in media arts. In 2014, Brendan spent a year in Seoul, South Korea, studying Eastern philosophy at Yonsei University and developing an insatiable appetite for kimchi. During the summer of 2016, while interning at Pioneer Public Television, he created the web series “Manhood in Rural America,” an exploration of how local men are experiencing the rapid transformation of gender roles in rural society.

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February 27th, 2017

What if we thought of hip-hop lyrics as sacred texts? Toki Wright speaks about the power of language and the spiritual responsibility of hip-hop for young people.

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