Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her groundbreaking book, Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God.

Her next book Shades of Infidelity, explores intimate relationships interrupted by infidelity. In her other research, Utley investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, and scrutinizes the effects of technology on intimacy.

Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. She lectures at universities across the country and is an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach.


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