Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an expert in popular culture, race, and romantic relationships. Her groundbreaking book, Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God, answers how and why rappers communicate with God.

In her other research, Utley examines how Americans talk about race and racism, asks probing questions about women’s experiences with infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, and explores the tenuous relationship between hip hop and love.

In addition to high-profile television, radio, print, and online appearances, Dr. Utley lectures at universities across the country and is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach.

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Selected Media Appearances

"Unfaithful" on OWN

American Program Bureau

Left of Black


Charter Cable's Special Edition with Tracy Young

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