"Just My Take: A Book of Poetry and Words of Wisdom"

Description (Brief)
“Just My Take: A Book of Poetry and Words of Wisdom,” was written by Hip hop artist MC Lyte (Lana Michelle Moorer), and published by Sunni Gyrl, in 2005. The book includes poetry and words of inspiration that Lyte hoped would "inspire teenagers and young ladies from the ages of 14-22."
MC Lyte was born in 1970 and raised in Brooklyn. She began rhyming and writing songs at the age of 12. Her first song was recorded in 1986, and by 1988 she became the first solo female rapper to release a full album, “Lyte as a Rock.” In addition to a recording career, MC Lyte has been featured on television, film, and voice-overs.
She describes her motivation for writing “Just My Take” as, “every morning I'd wake with the anticipation of writing down whatever moved me … Throughout my career I have been inspired by young people across America to speak up and out– and now it's my turn to hopefully inspire and motivate them at a time when few emcees are willing to give words of advice.”
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Sunni Gyrl, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 22.8 cm x 15 cm x .7 cm; 8 31/32 in x 5 29/32 in x 9/32 in
overall: 9 in x 6 in x 13/16 in; 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm x 2.06375 cm
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Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Music & Musical Instruments
Cultures & Communities
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Lana Michele Moorer

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