The Importance of Jay-Z’s Grammy Message

By Fred Oduyoye and Rick Lawrence
On Grammy Awards night a couple of weeks ago, iconic hip-hop pioneer, producer, and activist Jay-Z was honored with the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award. He brought his teenage daughter Blue Ivy with him on stage, as “emotional support.” And then he called out the Grammys, including the power-brokers in the music industry in general, for its check-the-box attitude toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. “When I get nervous I tell the truth,” he said—then proceeded to (graciously) hammer home the truth. Fred and I both watched the same Jay-Z speech, but we had two different takeaways…

In this Reachable Reconciliation conversation, Fred and I explore the underlying message Jay-Z was trying to communicate to a culture still wrestling with the realities of reconciliation, and make some direct ties to our own divided ministry environments….



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