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Remembering Phife Dawg as Only His Mother Could

Cheryl Boyce-Taylor’s memoir ‘Mama Phife Represents’ is a stunning work of elegy just when we need it most

Rapper Phife Dawg holding a microphone on stage, wearing a blue baseball cap and matching track jacket
Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest performs at H2O Music Festival on August 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage/Getty Images

More so than other years, 2020 has been encapsulated by grief. Confinement borne of an unforeseen pandemic has forced most of the world to wallow in the depth of its losses and empowered this anguish to…

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