The On Being Project

Julian DeShazier
Julian DeShazier

is pastor of University Church in Chicago. He is also an award-winning hip hop musician and songwriter, known to many as “J.Kwest.” He is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. In 2015, he won an EMMY Award for his role in the short film, Strange Fruit.

Hip-Hop, Job, and the Black Struggle for Being

Hip-hop’s spiritual lineage stretches back to long before the Golden Era of BDP and De La Soul. On bearing fearless witness to the black struggle, black courage, and black being — in Chance the Rapper’s era, and in Job’s.

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Hip-Hop, Job, and the Black Struggle for Being