*At Greater Hood Memorial AME Zion in Harlem, NY, Thursday night is hip-hop night.

“If you can get past the speakers, and the turntables and the rapping and get the substance of what we’re doing, you’ll get something out of this,” said Tykym Stallings, a youth pastor at the church.

Stallings, whose rap moniker is ‘Malaki Tha Truth,’ says hip-hop’s presence in his church is a way to reach out to younger members of his community. “This is a movement, something we call urban worship,” Stallings said. “The only thing I can say is come experience it for yourself, before you say we shouldn’t be doing this type of music here.”

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