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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 ...