The Rapper and the Supreme Court Justice

Notorious RBGYou may have heard of the rapper Notorious B.I.G. Biggie or Biggie Smalls. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Notorious_B.I.G.)  Despite having died in 1997 at the age of 24, a victim of a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, he’s still considered one of the greatest and most influential  rappers of all time.  This was quite an accomplishment for someone with such a violent and troubled (not to mention short) life.

What does this have to do with a Supreme Court Justice?  Over the years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has won a lot of Internet fans as a feminist pioneer, and that started a movement — Notorious R.B.G.  I’m not sure how this all evolved (something to do with Tumblr), but it has spawned a book Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, which came to my attention while listening to National Public Radio. The New York Times describes it at “…a playful project, but it asks to be read seriously…”

But wait, there’s more!  A Google search on “Notorious R.B.G.” will turn up about 375,000 hits, including videos, songs, and merchandise.  Lots of merchandise.

The NPR program can be found here:  http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/26/450547606/notorious-rbg-the-supreme-court-justice-turned-cultural-icon

Just thought you’d like to know.

 

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