My plans to edit this Immortal Technique/Diabolic footage, and get in front of the camera for a few other things, are being delayed by this onslaught of sunshine. And as I indulge in a rare bit of fresh air I’m reading up on this debate over whether the Black church is dead (a break from the usual debate in my circles over whether Hip-Hop is dead).
I’ve been Agnostic/Atheist for as long I’ve been old enough to form an opinion on it, but grew up regularly attending a couple of Harlem churches with my family (I was at Abyssinian when Rev. Butts steamrolled the rap CDs, perhaps not the church’s most forward thinking moment)…and had great experiences being welcomed into churches during my time with the StoryCorps Griot Initiative, especially in Atlanta with Dr. Gerald Durley of Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
So I have tremendous respect for the vital roles that both personal faith, and the church as an institution, have played in countless people’s lives. Plus this topic gives me an excuse to post some of my favorite Gospel clips from Youtube. As a music lover I’ll just never be able to muster up Hitchens-esque hate against an institution that produces so much amazing funk and soul.
Any thoughts on the role of the Black church in 2010? Is its “demise” in some ways comparable to the “downfall’ of hip-hop? For those who I’m sure know the music better than I ever will, other youtube gems I should’ve added? Let me know in the comments.