Kyrie Mason is an aspiring historian and writer working out of Durham, N.C. He has an avid interest in cultural history, the arts, and agriculture, and seeks to combine the three in his work. Follow him @kyriemasn on instagram to stay up-to-date on his work. 

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'Our Presence on This Land Is Impossible to Erase'

by Kyrie Mason, by Georie Bryant 05-19-2020

Photo by Jake Gard on Unsplash

COVID-19 reveals the artificiality of the urban/rural divide. 

Rooted: Taking the Time to Cherish the History that Makes Me

by Kyrie Mason 09-26-2019

A great migration north. By Jacob Lawrence.

Much like Isaac from the book of Genesis, I am the son of a family seemingly destined to transience.

The Spirit of Jesus in Trap Music

by Kyrie Mason 04-03-2019

Rapper Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, aka Future, performs at a SXSW concer on  Marcg 16, 2016. Via Shutterstock

The themes associated with “Gangster rap” and its successor, “Trap music,” are often thought of as being as far away from Christian morals as the east is from west. Heavy on percussion and profanity, its tracks hit hard and depict the violence of black life interspersed with tales of excess, sex, and money. While some may discount hip-hop music as vulgar entertainment, it indicates a people’s great hunger for getting more out of this world.