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Dr. Kenneth Whalum, Jr., takes on the challenge of merging Hip Hop and spirituality in this new book “Hip Hop is Not Our Enemy.” The minister of the New Olivet Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, is credited for his dedication to God, family, church, and community. The church services he leads are full of spiritual messages with fulling music, such as jazz, gospel and gospel rap – music that members say reaches the young and the young at heart.

Whalum is the proclaimed author of the captivating new book HIP-HOP IS NOT OUR ENEMY from Author House publishing. The fifteen chapter publication is an up front and personal critique of the Black church’s role and responsibilities in hip-hop culture.

Dr. Whalum, an astounding philanthropist in his own right, a strong-hold throughout the Memphis community, and survivor of a church split due to his dedication to co-opting hip-hop culture, believes it is essential to lead the churches and its children in the right direction; and time is overdue to end the blame of hip-hop for social ills.

“It is easy to condemn hip-hop for the condition of our society,” Whalum said. “But if the church is condemning our own young people for being who they are, what role do we play in making them who they’ve become, where they are going and what alternatives do we have to offer them? This book answers those questions and it’ll provide a better understanding of the importance of self love, community and church involvement for our young people,” said Whalum.

With a “table of contents” ranging from We Need to Stop Frontin, Fake-Phony-Boloney-Pseudo-Semi-Saints, to Church is More than a Social Gathering Place, readers will become inspired by the Baptist preacher’s words of wisdom and apply them to everyday life. “We must not frown on our own culture and on the innate ability of our people to survive in the midst of madness we face daily. We should make up our minds to encourage young people whenever we encounter them. This is book is for all Christians who are in denial about the real world. It is a must read for today’s society.”

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Kim Betton is the founder and editorial director of The award winning television anchor/reporter and producer has worked in markets across the U.S. including NBC4 & USA Sky Radio in Washington, DC, WBKW-TV Buffalo, New York, FOX 13 News Memphis and KARK4 / FOX 16 News in Little Rock. Kim has a true love for good music! She is also a vocalist for smooth jazz and Broadway show tunes. Her love for music and the arts inspired her to launch this magazine. If you have a story idea email her at Thanks for checking us out! Enjoy!

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