Hailed as a "hip-hop intellectual who effortlessly fuses academic lectures with urban hip-ism," Michael Eric Dyson is a professor at Columbia University's Institute for Research in African American Studies. He is one of America's most distinguished and visible public intellectuals and respected social critics. He is also a Princeton-educated scholar, an ordained Baptist preacher, a loving husband, and a former welfare dad who knows from firsthand experience what it means to be a black man in America when you can't find a job, provide for a family, or make a loving relationship work. His latest book, Race Rules sheds a clarifying light on the intricate dynamics of race relations in the U.S. today. Dr. Dyson tells why he has added his voice to the chorus of voices about race, which he believes continues to dominate American society.