Did Jay Z Okay This?

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

The book you see above is The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, a book used in classrooms all across the nation. Randomly, Jigga’s image was used for the most recent 2008 edition. To the left is the true image of Olaudah Equiano, an image that has been used for all of the other editions.

We’re not quite sure what kind of statement they’re trying to make by using Hov now, so pop it to get the synopsis of the book

He was born, he tells us in his Interesting Narrative of his life, in Essaka, a small village in what is today eastern Nigeria that was ruled by the powerful eighteenth century King of Benin. His parents prophetically named him Olaudah Equiano, to signify his expected role as a leader—as one favored and who spoke with a loud voice. They dressed him after the tradition of their greatest warriors. Through age ten or eleven he was rooted in the cultural, spiritual, economic, religious and political customs of this charming fruitful vail, which he describes as ‘a nation of dancers, musicians, and poets.’

Boosting book sales? Discuss.

AANNDD…although he may not have ok’d the ‘ish above, he most certainly ok’d his likeness on the cover of Cigar Aficianado Mag.

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  • Taking a Stand

    Sorta looks like Ms. Jay from ANTM…

  • jstbnme

    DAMN! That’s messed up!

  • zappy

    These two don’t look anything alike. First off the picture on the left is of a handsome black man and the one on the right… (maybe I shoudn’t go there).

    This is probably from someone who thinks all Blacks look alike.

  • White Guy

    h to the hizzle

  • Nique

    I can see how they came to that conclusion-they’re both ugly as hell so it makes sense to me….whats the problem?

  • http://www.gravatar.com Cute Face Chubby Waist

    omg

  • denne

    wtf?!?! i had to read that book in undergrad for an African history class… why would you have somebody else’s picture on a autobiography?? or are we just supposed to envision Jay-z going through middle passage? is that supposed to make it more real for the kids?? FAIL

  • http://www.gravatar.com Cute Face Chubby Waist

    damn I had to look and read that again

  • http://www.myspace.com/ocky_j Octavia

    Huh? I heard of re-writing history, but this is ridiculous.

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re (Gambit in 15 Days!)

    Damn! I reread this like 18 times…

    That looks just like hova…

  • Smoovee Sayz

    Wow
    Whats next a new book release about Harriet Tubman and a pic of Beyonce on the cover???
    Somebody needs more ppl

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re (Gambit in 15 Days!)

    I remember reading Olaudah Equiano when I was 10…interesting guy. This guy was equipped with the skills to do anything…

    And he could navigate ships…what a beast…

  • Smoovee Sayz

    Heeeeeeeey Re:)

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re (Gambit in 15 Days!)

    Smooveeeeee, hey lovely.

    LOL @ Beyonce in the place of Hariet…this story gets one big SMH.

  • Smoovee Sayz

    Damn Re now that u mention it Hov does look a lil like Olaudah Equiano…wow

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re (Gambit in 15 Days!)

    *Harriet*

  • Its the 16th, I got a Re-loaded EBT card, Got Bologna, bread, Fruit Loops and Lunchables for these damn kids, Get my weave re-strung, nails and feet done, put money on all my babydaddies books, get 1/2 a tank of gas, case of 40's for my new nigga, to the

    What they’re trying to do is get kids to read, by puttin’ Jay on the cover at least it’ll draw some interest from them, they’ll pick up the book and look at it, I dont know if the lil bastards will open the book though.

  • http://www.gravatar.com Re (Gambit in 15 Days!)

    @Smoovee

    LOL, I meant the new cover is exactly like hova…who knows what Oluadah really looked like…

  • Smoovee Sayz

    I mean Hov is a great in his own right u know…les not get outta control with our black history:)
    Seriously thats just a lil extra

  • Its the 16th, I got a Re-loaded EBT card, Got Bologna, bread, Fruit Loops and Lunchables for these damn kids, Get my weave re-strung, nails and feet done, put money on all my babydaddies books, get 1/2 a tank of gas, 40's for my new nigga, off to the club

    lol

  • http://www.bossip.com jjj / Proud Jamaican

    His face is so 😯

  • Its the 16th, I got a Re-loaded EBT card, Bologna, bread, Fruit Loops and Lunchables for these damn ugly kids, Get weave re-strung, nails and feet done, put money on all my babydaddies books, get 1/2 a tank of gas, 40's for my new nigga, off to the club!

    6am, who else?

  • Lady Architect

    lmaoooooooo that looks horrible.

  • Aunt Viv

    Bwahahahahahahhaaaa!

  • Its the 16th, I got a Re-loaded EBT card, Bologna, bread, Fruit Loops and Lunchables for these damn ugly kids, Get weave re-strung, nails and feet done, put money on all my babydaddies books, get 1/2 a tank of gas, 40's for my new nigga, off to the club!

    good morning everyone!

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