The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture sifted through old photographs at the New York Public Library and discovered a 1939 still of a man who bore a striking resemblance to rap mogul Jay-Z.
A 1939 Jay-Z look-alike photograph has now gone viral. Additionally, the photographer has been identified as Sid Grossman from Harlem, but the Jay-Z look-a-like hasn’t been identified.
Fans of Jay-Z have come up with theories of their own with some speculating he is a time traveler and others wryly commenting that Jay-Z has somehow obtained eternal youth.
Another theory is that Jay-Z is a member of the Illuminati. The secret society reportedly rules the world from behind the scenes and some believe that Jay-Z has found his way into the ranks. Of course, that doesn’t really explain the 1939 photo of the Jay-Z look-alike.
While allegations of the photo being altered or even a complete fake continue, the NYPL fully stands behind its authenticity.
Yes, the New York Public Library swears, the old photo of the guy who looks scarily like Jay-Z really is an unretouched, un-Photoshopped image from 1939. “We’re 100 percent certain it’s legitimate,” Adenike Olanrewaju, a library spokeswoman, said on Friday. (NY Times)
In a Tumblr post from last week, the New York Public Library provided some more context on the photo’s background.
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.” (NYPL Tumblr)
In other news, Beyoncé has announced that the couple is considering a second child which would be a younger sibling to their daughter Blue Ivy. Beyoncé herself is a big sister and she recently told ABCNEWS in an interview that she believes her daughter needs the companionship.
Beyoncé admitted she has enjoyed being big sister to Solange Knowles. She explained that raising her daughter is now the most important thing in her life. Beyoncé considers herself to be a protective mother and is concerned that Blue Ivy get a chance to live a normal life. Beyoncé also expressed gratitude for being able to do what she loves: singing & performing.
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