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Ebony Utley

Hip-Hop, Pop Culture & Race Expert

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 Ebony Utley Biography

Ebony A. Utley, PhD is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. Her critically acclaimed book Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God addresses all of the above by closely examining the juxtaposition—and seeming hypocrisy—of references to God within rap music. Utley asserts that religion has always been part of the urban environments that birthed rap music and she shows exactly how a God-sanctioned “gangsta” identity can be empowering.

In addition to identifying the many similarities between rap and religion, Utley also uncovers love’s presence in some of hip-hop’s most unlikely places. Her co-edited volume Hip Hop’s Languages of Love was the first scholarly examination of hip-hop and love, celebrated for its historical, conceptual, geographical, and methodological diversity. In her most recent research, Utley asks probing questions about women’s experiences with infidelity and investigates African American beliefs about marriage.

Utley shares her exciting work with interested audiences at universities across the country. The Utley Experience is a multimedia interactive presentation that challenges audiences to examine old texts in new ways. Utley’s critical analyses of popular culture’s complex combinations of power and pleasure—which have earned her the title of “the woman with ideas”—are educational as well as entertaining and rooted in her increasingly comprehensive research agenda.

Utley’s academic writing has appeared in Black Women, Gender, and Families; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Marriage and Family Review; Rhetoric and Public Affairs; The Journal of Men’s Studies; and The Western Journal of Black Studies. She has also written for Ms. Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Truthdig. Her blogs have been cited by national and international news outlets including AlterNet, Beliefnet, Essence, Jezebel, and Racialicious.

Professor Utley earned a certificate in journalism and a BA in speech communication (with highest distinction) from Indiana University Bloomington where she was a Herman B. Wells and a Ronald McNair scholar. She earned her MA and PhD in communication studies at Northwestern University as a Jacob K. Javits fellow. She is currently an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach.

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Ebony Utley

Hip-Hop, Pop Culture & Race Expert

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Ebony Utley Biography

Ebony A. Utley, PhD is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. Her critically acclaimed book Rap and Religion: Understanding the Gangsta’s God addresses all of the above by closely examining the juxtaposition—and seeming hypocrisy—of references to God within rap music. Utley asserts that religion has always been part of the urban environments that birthed rap music and she shows exactly how a God-sanctioned “gangsta” identity can be empowering.

In addition to identifying the many similarities between rap and religion, Utley also uncovers love’s presence in some of hip-hop’s most unlikely places. Her co-edited volume Hip Hop’s Languages of Love was the first scholarly examination of hip-hop and love, celebrated for its historical, conceptual, geographical, and methodological diversity. In her most recent research, Utley asks probing questions about women’s experiences with infidelity and investigates African American beliefs about marriage.

Utley shares her exciting work with interested audiences at universities across the country. The Utley Experience is a multimedia interactive presentation that challenges audiences to examine old texts in new ways. Utley’s critical analyses of popular culture’s complex combinations of power and pleasure—which have earned her the title of “the woman with ideas”—are educational as well as entertaining and rooted in her increasingly comprehensive research agenda.

Utley’s academic writing has appeared in Black Women, Gender, and Families; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Marriage and Family Review; Rhetoric and Public Affairs; The Journal of Men’s Studies; and The Western Journal of Black Studies. She has also written for Ms. Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Truthdig. Her blogs have been cited by national and international news outlets including AlterNet, Beliefnet, Essence, Jezebel, and Racialicious.

Professor Utley earned a certificate in journalism and a BA in speech communication (with highest distinction) from Indiana University Bloomington where she was a Herman B. Wells and a Ronald McNair scholar. She earned her MA and PhD in communication studies at Northwestern University as a Jacob K. Javits fellow. She is currently an associate professor of communication studies at California State University, Long Beach.

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  • How to book Ebony Utley?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ebony Utley for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ebony Utley, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ebony Utley or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ebony Utley?

    Booking fees for Ebony Utley, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ebony Utley, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ebony Utley?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ebony Utley for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ebony Utley for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ebony Utley or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ebony Utley or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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