Rapper Takes Social Media by Storm with #BookPhoneChallenge

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Lord Jamar attends WE tv's Growing Up Hip Hop Season 2 Premiere Screening And After Party on September 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for WE tv)Bennett Raglin / Getty Images for WE tv

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By Dorean K. Collins

A new challenge has emerged on social media that boasts the age old phrase “knowledge is power.”

The #bookphonechallenge started by rapper and actor Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian, encourages people to hold a stack of books up to their ear to mimic a phone. It all started when Lord Jamar posted a picture on Instagram last Saturday with the caption “On my BOOK PHONE…the KNOWLEDGE is callin!!!”

This was followed by a video of him pretending to talk to a friend through a stack of books propped on his shoulder.

The challenge immediately went viral with submissions from people of all ages including 12-year old Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks. In November 2015, Dias launched a campaign to collect and donate 1,000 books that have black girls as the protagonist.

The “book phone” is a stark contrast to the popular “money phone” photos on Instagram that show users and celebs like Drake holding a wad of cash to their ears.

Jay Z recently criticized the “money phone” on his latest single “The Story of O.J” from the “4:44” album.

“Y’all on the ‘Gram holding money to your ears/ There’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here.”

Check out some of our favorite #phonebookchallenge photos!

With countless book phone pictures over the past week, Lord Jamar took to Instagram to reflect.

Accompanying a picture of a little girl holding a stack of children’s books to her ear, Jamar wrote, “I can’t tell u how humbled I am by the response of the #bookphonechallenge but this pic right here brought tears to my eyes."

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