Deep down, we all crave to be our truest selves. But what if we’re afraid that our culture has no place in Christian spaces? Recording artist, author, and academic Sho Baraka argues that our faith doesn’t have to exist separate from the rest of the world. On this episode of VOICES’s Where Ya From? podcast, Sho joins host Rasool Berry to discuss his book He Saw That It Was Good and his walk with Jesus so far.
After attending Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, where he studied Television/Film, Anthropology, and Public Administration, Sho Baraka has spent the last fourteen years traveling the world as a recording artist, performer, and culture curator. His overseas work has ranged from leading seminars about race relations in South Africa to establishing artist hubs in Indonesia.
Sho is also co-founder of The And Campaign and currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Warner Pacific University. His first book, He Saw That It Was Good (2021), was nominated for an Audie Award.
Sho lives in Atlanta, GA with Patreece, his wife of eighteen years, and their three children; one daughter and two sons.
Notes & Quotes:
- “. . . Why don’t we call Frederick Douglass and Tubman a theologian? Why don’t we see them as people who are worthy of being read and talked about in the pulpit?”
- “If God cares about our physical being, He also cares about our physical liberation, our physical freedom, our ability to move.”
- “I feel like a lot of evangelical history has not really been honest about their heroes.”
- “. . . God is a God of grace and forgiveness. And that our enemies are not too far gone, that they’re beyond redemption. And that we’re not as righteous as we think we are.”
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