Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2010). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that young man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?
Met Jay-Z over a decade ago a Source magazine party. Our exchange…
Me: jay, why u always mention Filipina girls in your songs?
Jay: ‘cause they gorgeous son!
Me: Word! (give eachother a pound)
I ask to take a pic with him and the result? Me and Jay-Z’s torso! #greatestfanpicever
(Taken with Instagram)
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tim! It’s a pleasure. You guys are an f-ing amazing band! And I’m glad that someone can relate to my ideal universe. :)
CHECKING IN SO HARD IMMA SPRAIN A FINGER!!! – at La Victoria Taqueria – See on Path.
We waited in line for nothing but water rides today, but we’re still smiling! at Disneyland – View on Path.
At Disneyland – See on Path.
LOS ANGELES, I AM INSIDE YOU AND IT IS HOT. – at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – See on Path.
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes soundcheck