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Robert F. Diggs is affectionately known to fans as The RZA of the popular hip-hop group The Wu-Tang Clan. But aside from his successful rap career, Diggs is also a songwriter (he was the lead composer for the film Kill Bill: Volume 1), actor, avid chess player and — with his latest endeavor — an author. The RZA sits with Host Michel Martin to talk about his new book The Tao of Wu, which explores seven pillars of wisdom. Diggs explains how pivotal moments in his life inspired him to write about the lessons he's learned. (5:) In Your Ear: Raven-Symone — Former child actress ("The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven") and pop artist Raven-Symone opens her music file and tells listeners what music is playing in her ear (in addition to her own hits, of course). Simone's top picks include everyone from musician Karsh Kale, to music supercouple Jay-Z and Beyonce and soul singer Meshell Ndegeocello.
The RZA is one of the founding members of the kung-fu-meets-hip-hop group the Wu Tang Clan. He has also written film scores, including 'Kill Bill' and 'Ghost Dog'. Now he has turned his efforts to a new book, 'The Wu Tang Manual'.