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Hip Hop & Hymns

Mawunyo Gbogbo

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Penguin
31 May 2022
A memoir of loving hard, falling apart and fighting back, set to an unrivalled playlist.

'Hip hop and hymns- the two would always go hand in hand for me. My life would always straddle both. The sacred and the profane, all living on the same block, all divine in the end.'

Mawunyo Gbogbo is a church-going African Australian girl growing up in the sleepy mining town of Muswellbrook, NSW. At home, her parents argue all the time, and sibling rivalry runs deep. At primary school, Black Is Beautiful until a racist bully dares to tell her otherwise. But at high school, she falls in love with two things that will alter the course of her adult life- the seductive thrill of hip hop music and charismatic bad boy Tyce Carrington. Tyce also feels like an alien in Australia, despite his Aboriginality - or because of it.

When Mawunyo's offered a chance to further her budding media career in New York City at the Bible of hip hop, The Source magazine, she throws herself headlong into the city's heady buzz and hustle - but even as it lures her in, it threatens to derail her dreams.

Hip Hop & Hymns is a tussle between the search for belonging and ultimately accepting who you are, and a clear-eyed, heartfelt story about daring greatly and what it can mean to be Black in Australia.
 Hip Hop and Hymns

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Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   484g
ISBN:   9781761042065
ISBN 10:   1761042068
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mawunyo Gbogbo is the Music and Pop Culture Reporter at ABC Radio Sydney. In 2012, she received a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for Increasing Awareness and Understanding of Children's Rights and Issues for the Insight program, 'Generation XXX', broadcast on SBS TV. She has worked as a journalist for ABC News Radio, as a reporter for the flagship ABC Audio Current Affairs programs - AM, The World Today and PM and as a Segment Producer for The Today Show on the Nine Network. Her writing has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Communication - Journalism) from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology Sydney. She was born in Ghana, raised in the NSW Hunter Valley and now calls Sydney home.

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