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Touré: Never Drank the Kool-Aid: Essays (2006)

This eclectic, clever, and fun collection by long-time Village Voice music writer and self-made hip-hop expert Touré includes two Rolling Stone stories on Hill, "Lauryn Hill in Love" (1999) and "The Mystery of Lauryn Hill" (2003). You can also read about Beyoncé, Biggie Smalls, and much more.

Carter G. Woodson: The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933)

This book, re-printed in 2005, is a beautiful and controversial diatribe on internalized racism in the Jim Crow-era United States. It argues that young black people are educated to believe in their own inferiority and must educate themselves to overcome it. It was part of the inspiration behind the title of Lauryn Hill's debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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