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What about Luis Rodriguez?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.09.2016 | Crime
American Anthropological Association

Since March of this year, I've had the killing of Luis Rodriguez going through my mind. He was killed by police officers in Moore, Oklahoma in the parking lot of a movie theatre.

Jesus Wasn’t White And Here’s Why That Matters

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.22.2015 | Black Voices

The traditional image of Jesus as a blue-eyed, blonde-haired white man is historically inaccurate. In her latest video for MTV Decoded, Franchesa Rams...

Happy Birthday, Jay Z! Celebrate With 10 of Our Favorite Quotes

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

Jay Z (aka Shawn Corey Carter) turns 46 today. The talented rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, dad to Blue Ivy and husband of Beyoncé has shared ...

The Surprising Science Behind Why People Buy Into Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 12.03.2015 | Black Voices

Have you ever wondered if stereotypes -- from the most innocent to the most harmful -- are true? The latest episode of MTV News: Decoded, a web serie...

'Are Fried Chicken And Watermelon Racist?'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices

Yes, watermelon is awesome and chicken is arguably best when it’s fried. But not all associations with these foods are tasteful. As much as we'd...

Barack Obama: An American Legend

Tywan Wade | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Tywan Wade

Politics aside, Barack Obama is an American legend. A lot of people have never understood this, but for the first time in my life, I saw someone who looked like me; someone who was doing something actually incredible.

The 'Dangerous Illusion' That Keeps Women Out Of Tech

Posted 09.16.2013 | Women

Kathryn Parsons knows from firsthand experience just how tough it is to break into the tech world -- and the specific barriers that women face in doin...

Canadian Claims To Have Cracked 'Unbreakable' WWII Pigeon Code

Posted 12.17.2012 | World

Last November, a 74-year-old Brit cleaning his chimney came across an encrypted World War II message strapped to the remains of a dead pigeon. After w...

Mission Accomplished: World War II Carrier Pigeon's Coded Secret Message Finally Received

Posted 11.02.2012 | World

A retired probation officer in England cleaning out his chimney recently was startled to sweep up a 70-year-old secret amid the soot: the skeleton of ...

Jay-Z Sued For Stealing Parts Of His Own Memoir

Madame Noire | Posted 06.19.2012 | Black Voices

Did Jay-Z plagiarize parts of his best-selling book “Decoded”? That’s what Patrick White is alleging in a lawsuit he filed against the supers...

What's Black and White and Tread All Over?

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

The title, Step in the Arena, referencing a song by the rap singer Gang Starr, is at once a call to arms and a warning to step into the arena -- where a black man's gift is merely flesh.

The Ghost in the White House

Brad Meltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Brad Meltzer

On October 13, 1792, stone masons laid the cornerstone for the White House. The men placing it were brothers in one of the world's most secretive organizations -- the Freemasons. Within twenty-four hours, the stone supposedly went missing.

WATCH: Jay-Z To Jon Stewart

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Jon Stewart invited Jay-Z on his show last night to chat about his debut book, "Decoded." The book features Warhol's Rorschach image on the cover, whi...

Rappers' Books

flavorwire.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Here at Flavorpill, we're eagerly anticipating the release of Jay-Z's memoir, Decoded, which comes out November 16th and promises to be, at the least,...

Jay-Z Called A 'Bloody Genius'

NPR | By JJ Sutherland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But the reason he's fascinating, I mean, besides the songs, and the fact that he's married to Beyonce, is his story. His re-shaping and re-making and ...

Jay-Z Book Cover Revealed

billboard.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Featuring an image of Andy Warhol's "Rorschach" on the cover, the fully-illustrated book decodes 36 songs from Jay-Z's extensive catalog, offering an ...