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What are you fighting for – Gemini (Def Poetry)

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4 people got busted on November 13, 2010

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Tom Bosley, American actor (Happy Days, Father Dowling Mysteries), died from heart failure he was , 83

 Thomas Edward “Tom” Bosley  was an American actor, best known for portraying Howard Cunningham on the long-running ABC sitcom Happy Days died from heart failure he was , 83. Additionally, he appeared on the series Murder, She Wrote and Father Dowling Mysteries, and originated the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical Fiorello!, earning the 1960 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical.

(October 1, 1927 – October 19, 2010)


Graham Crowden, Scottish actor (If…., A Very Peculiar Practice, Waiting For God). died he was , 87

Clement Graham Crowden [1][2] was a Scottish actor died he was , 87. He was best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas and films, often playing eccentric ‘offbeat’ scientist, teacher and doctor characters.

(30 November 1922 – 19 October 2010)

Early life

Crowden was born in Edinburgh, the son of Anne Margaret (née Paterson) and Harry Graham Crowden.[3] He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy before serving briefly in the Royal Scots Youth Battalion of the army until he was injured in an accident, he then found work in a tannery.

 Acting career

Crowden is known for his roles in BBC comedy-dramas, including Dr. Jock McCannon in A Very Peculiar Practice and Tom Ballard in Waiting for God. He also had a long and distinguished theatrical career, most notably at Sir Laurence Olivier‘s National Theatre where he performed as The Player King in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the play by Tom Stoppard.http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=1106625951957162013&hl=en&fs=true
Crowden occasionally played mad scientists in film, taking the role of Doctor Millar in the Mick Travis films of director Lindsay Anderson, O Lucky Man! (1973) and Britannia Hospital (1982), and also playing the sinister Doctor Smiles in the film of Michael Moorcock‘s first Jerry Cornelius novel, The Final Programme (1973). He also played the eccentric History master in Anderson’s if…. (1968).
In 1975, Graham made an appearance in ‘No Way Out’ – an episode of the popular British sitcom Porridge alongside Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay, as the prison doctor when Fletcher was complaining of an injured leg.
He was offered the role of the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who in 1974, when Jon Pertwee left the role, but turned it down, informing producer Barry Letts that he was not prepared to commit himself to the series for three years. The role ultimately went to Tom Baker. He did, however, appear in The Horns of Nimon (1979) as a villain opposite Baker.
In 1990, he appeared as a lecherous peer in the BBC comedy Don’t Wait Up and in 1991, he played a modest role in the Rumpole of the Bailey episode “Rumpole and the Quacks“, portraying Sir Hector MacAuliffe, the head of a medical inquest into the potential sexual misconduct on the part of Dr. Ghulam Rahmat (portrayed by Saeed Jaffrey).
For many however, it was the role he landed in 1990 as the leading character of Tom Ballard in the new sitcom Waiting for God opposite Stephanie Cole‘s character Diana Trent, as the two rebellious retirement home residents, that made him a household name. The show ran for five years and was a major success.
Crowden then voiced the role of Mustrum Ridcully in the 1997 animated Cosgrove Hall production of Terry Pratchett‘s Soul Music.
In 2001, he guest-starred in the Midsomer Murders episode “Ring Out Your Dead” and also played The Marquis of Auld Reekie in The Way We Live Now. In 2003, he made a cameo appearance as a sadistic naval school teacher in The Lost Prince. In 2005, he starred in the BBC Radio 4 sci-fi comedy Nebulous as Sir Ronald Rolands. In 2008, he appeared as a guest star in Foyle’s War.

 Death

Crowden died on 19 October 2010 in Edinburgh after a short illness.

 Filmography

 Television roles

Year Title Role
1964 HMS Paradise Commander Shaw
1964 Redcap: The Patrol Major Fraser
1975 Porridge: Christmas Special – No Way Out Prison Physician
1977 1990: Decoy Dr. Sondeberg
1979–1980 Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon Soldeed
1986–1988 A Very Peculiar Practice Dr. Jock McCannon
1986 All Passion Spent Herbert
1990–1994 Waiting for God Tom Ballard

 Films

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Nephew Tommy Prank Call The Mean Church Usher –

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Did you know that Vanessa Williams relinquished her title, it was succeeded by Suzette Charles who was also afro american?

Did you know that Vanessa Lynn Williams was the first woman of African American descent to be crowned Miss America? 




Did you know that Vanessa Williams is an American pop/R&B recording artist,songwriter, and actress who has received GrammyEmmy, andTony Award nominations?






Did you know that because of a scandal Williams had to relinquish her title early?



Did you know that in 1984 when Williams Relinquished her title, it was succeeded by Suzette Charles who was also afro american?




















Did you know that Vanessa Williams studied piano and French horn growing up, but was most interested in singing and songwriting?


Did you know that Williams is most often referenced and publicly recognized simply as “Vanessa Williams? . 






Did you know there is, however, occasional confusion with similarly named actress Vanessa A. Williams, who is just two months younger?










Did you know that Vanessa Williams won a Academy Award For the Color Of The Wind?

1996 Best Song written for a Motion Picture Colors Of The Wind Winner – awarded to the writers of the song

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Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Marion Brown American jazz saxophonist died he was , 79,

Marion Brown  was a jazz alto saxophonist and ethnomusicologist. He is most well-known as a member of the 1960s avant-garde jazz scene in New York City, playing alongside musicians such as John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. He performed on Coltrane’s landmark 1965 album Ascension.[2]

(September 8, 1931 – October 18, 2010[1])

Biography

Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1931. He joined the Army in 1953 and in 1956 went to Clark College to study music. In 1960 Brown left Atlanta and studied pre-law at Howard University for two years. He moved to New York in 1962 where he befriended poet Amiri Baraka and many musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul Bley and Rashied Ali. He appeared on several important albums from this period such as Shepp’s Fire Music and New Wave in Jazz, but most notably John Coltrane‘s Ascension.[3]

In 1967, Brown travelled to Paris, France where he developed an interest in architecture, Impressionistic art, African music and the music of Eric Satie. In the late 1960s, he was an American Fellow in Music Composition and Performance at the Cité Internationale Des Artists in Paris. Around 1970, he provided the soundtrack for Marcel Camus‘ film Le Temps fou, a soundtrack featuring Steve McCall, Barre Phillips, Ambrose Jackson and Gunter Hampel.[3]http://www.youtube.com/v/0iZBerdaf9c?fs=1&hl=en_US
He returned to the US in 1970, where he felt a newfound sense of creative drive. Brown moved to New Haven, Connecticut to serve as a resource teacher in a child study center in the city’s public school system until 1971. He composed and performed incidental music for a Georg Büchner play Woyzeck. In 1971, Brown was an assistant professor of music at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, a position he held until he attained his Bachelor’s degree in 1974. In addition to this role, he has held faculty positions at Brandeis University (1971–1974), Colby College (1973–1974), and Amherst College (1974–1975), as well as a graduate assistant position at Wesleyan University (1974–1976). Brown earned a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan in 1976. His master’s thesis was entitled Faces and Places: The Music and Travels of a Contemporary Jazz Musician.[3]
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In 1976 he played alto saxophone on Harold Budd’s The Pavilion of Dreams .
Throughout his many educational positions, Brown continued to compose and perform. In 1972 and 1976, Brown received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, which he used to compose and publish several pieces for solo piano, one of which was based on the poetry of Jean Toomer in his book Cane. He also transcribed some piano and organ music by Eric Satie including his Messe Des Pauvres and Pages Mysterieuses, and arranged the composer’s Les Fils Des Etoiles for two guitars and violin.[3]
In 1981, Brown began focusing on drawing and painting. His charcoal portrait of blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson was included in a New York City Kenkeleba Gallery art show called Jus’ Jass, which also included works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Charles Searles and Joe Overstreet.[3]
By the 2000s, Brown had fallen ill; due to a series of surgeries and a partial leg amputation, Brown resided for a time in a nursing home in New York.[4] By 2005 he had moved from the nursing home to an assisted living facility in Hollywood, Florida.[5]

Influence

Aside from his influence in the jazz avant-garde, several other areas of music have taken interest in Brown’s music. Indie rockers Superchunk included a song called “Song For Marion Brown” on their Indoor Living release, and Savath and Savalas released a piece entitled “Two Blues For Marion Brown” as part of Hefty Records‘s Immediate Action series.
Harold Budd recorded Marion Brown’s “Sweet Earth Flying” on his album Luxa.
His Name Is Alive performed a tribute concert in 2004, performing solely Brown’s music. In 2007, High Two released portions of the concert with studio versions as Sweet Earth Flower: A Tribute to Marion Brown.

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Consuelo Crespi,, American-born Italian countess, fashion model and editor, died from a stroke.she was 82

Consuelo Pauline O’Brien O’Connor Crespi  was an American-born Italian countess who served the world of high fashion as a style-setting model and editor of Vogue Italia.died from a stroke.she was 82. During the same period, her twin sister Gloria Schiff was a major influence on fashion as editor for the American edition of Vogue magazine. She was also a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1959.[1]

(May 31, 1928 – October 18, 2010)

Biography

She was born on May 31, 1928, in Larchmont, New York, with her twin sister later assuming the married name of Gloria Schiff. She grew up in Nova Scotia and was spotted as a potential model when she moved back to New York with her mother and sister, appearing on the cover of Look magazine in 1945 and was introduced to society as a débutante in 1947. She met Count Rodolfo Crespi on a blind date in a New York City restaurant.[2] They were married three months later, on January 22, 1948, in a ceremony held at Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[3]
Through her choices in attire and in publishing, Crespi played a major role in influencing the fashion world and giving a boost to the careers of designers such as Fendi and Missoni. Valentino credited Crespi with giving him a break into the fashion industry and it was a Valentino dress worn by her twin sister that convinced Jacqueline Kennedy to try the designer. In addition to her role as editor of Italian Vogue, Crespi’s appearances at social events such as the Black and White Ball thrown by Truman Capote in 1966 were widely reported.[2] In a best-dressed list published in 1958 by the New York Dress Institute, Crespi was ranked third, behind the Duchess of Windsor, but ahead of Queen Elizabeth II in fourth place and Audrey Hepburn in fifth.[4] She was included on the International Best Dressed List and was recognized by the Fashion Hall of Fame for her “faultless taste in dress without ostentation or extravagance”.[2]
In addition to her editing duties, Crespi and her husband both did public relations for major designers.[2] Her husband had been involved on the editorial staff of Vogue Brasil and Vogue Mexico.[5] After returning from Rome in 1961, she received notice from the fashion world by wearing skirts that were four to five inches longer than the prevailing fashion, helping to promote a new line from the designer Fabiani, saying “I now can’t stand the sight of my knees showing” after donning the longer skirts.[6] The government of Italy bestowed its highest-ranked civilian award to Crespi for her assistance in promoting the fashion industry in that country.[2]
Crespi lamented the decline in Italian social life among the wealthy and aristocratic crowd in the 1970s in the wake of social unrest and a wave of kidnappings, telling Time magazine that “In Italy now you want to feel rich and look poor”.[7]
Crespi died at age 82 on October 18, 2010, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan due to a stroke. She was survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband had died in 1985.[2] Her daughter Pilar Crespi was an assistant editor at Vogue and has spent most of her career in the fashion industry.[8]
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Margaret Gwenver, American actress (Guiding Light). died she was , 84

Margaret Gwenver (also known by her married name, Margaret G. Sedwick) was an American stage and television actress.
Born as Margaret Guenveur on October 10, 1926,[1] she was best-known for her role as Dr. Sedgwick on the long-running daytime soap opera, Guiding Light. Gwenver appeared in the supporting role on the long-running show from 1982 until 2007. died she was , 84
She began her career at the Margaret Webster Shakespeare Company in New York City in the 1940s.[2] She and her husband, John Sedwick, founded the Tanglewood Theater.[2]

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 Death

Margaret Gwenver died on October 18, 2010, aged 84. She was survived by five children and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband.[2]

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Who is Jeffrey Atkins?

Who is Jeffrey Atkins? The Rap world knows him by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper, singer, and actor. He began his career in the group Cash Money Click and debuted in 1999 with Venni Vetti Vecci and its single “Holla Holla“. From 2000 to 2004, Ja Rule had several hits that made the top 20 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including “Between Me and You” with Christina Millian, “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” with Jennifer Lopez, “Always on Time” with Ashanti, “Mesmerize” also with Ashanti, and “Wonderful” with R. Kelly and Ashanti. During the 2000s, Ja Rule was signed to The Inc. Records, which was formerly known as Murder Inc. and was led by Irv Gotti.

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 Early life

Atkins was born February 29, 1976 in the Queens borough of New York City. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness by his mother, health care worker Debra Atkins, and grandparents. At the age of five his sister died from breathing complications, leaving him as an only child. He attended PS 132, a mixed school, but was later transferred to MS 172, another mixed school, due to daily fights in which he would be involved.
Atkins began his rap career in 1994 with his Hip-Hop group Cash Money Click. They had 2 music videos entitled “4 my click ” http://www.youtube.com/v/fCWozlGfDj0?fs=1&hl=en_USand “Get Tha Fortune”http://www.youtube.com/v/YrRWgLdbmCE?fs=1&hl=en_US they had only released 1 single before member Chris Black was jailed. Due to this an 11 track untitled Cash Money Click album was shelved. He told Curtis Waller of MTV News that his stage name “Ja Rule” came from a friend who addressed him by that name; other friends called him “Ja”. In 1995, he made his first appearance on Mic Geronimo’s “Time to Build”http://www.youtube.com/v/ZwXXnIptWjw?fs=1&hl=en_US which featured Jay-Z and DMX, who were also in their early stages of their careers. In 1998, he was a featured guest on Jay-Z’s hit single “Can I Get A…” along with Amil.http://www.youtube.com/v/IsisP59C-Jw?fs=1&hl=en_US

Career

 Venni Vetti Vecci (1999)

His debut album Venni Vetti Vecci was released in 1999. Singles included “Holla Hollahttp://www.youtube.com/v/GRnwWGAulLM?fs=1&hl=en_US and “It’s Murda”http://www.youtube.com/v/68DBxTm4ULs?fs=1&hl=en_US with Jay-Z and DMX. The final single was “Daddy’s Little Baby”http://www.youtube.com/v/Qsp4gQomUGw?fs=1&hl=en_US, a duet with Ronald Isley. Venni Vetti Vecci was certified platinum by the RIAA on July 12, 1999 and has since sold 1.8 million copies in the U.S. and over 3 million copies worldwide as of December 2009.

Rule 3:36 (2000)

Ja Rule returned quickly during the summer of 2000, with his new single “Between Me and Youhttp://www.youtube.com/v/j8vtpLD5-Qw?fs=1&hl=en_US, which featured Def Soul act Christina Milian. “Between Me and You” reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and stayed in the Top 10 for 9 weeks during June and August of 2000. The single was quickly followed by Ja’s second but very successful effort, Rule 3:36, which was released on October 10, 2000. 3:36 also featured singles “Put It On Me” (#3), “I Cry” (#40) and, “Fuck You”(#14) from the Fast and the Furious Soundtrack. The album featured guest appearances from Lil’ Mo, Vita, Christina Milian, label mates Jayo Felony, and Black Child. Rule 3:36 debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts selling over 270,000 copies in its first week of release. It has sold over 3.4 million copies in the U.S. and 5 million copies worldwide.

 Pain Is Love (2001)

Soon after the release of Rule 3:36, Irv Gotti signed R&B singer Ashanti to the label, which led to Lil Mo ending her collaborations with the label. During the late summer of 2001, Ja Rule released “Livin’ It Uphttp://www.youtube.com/v/CXDC8_4N8m4?fs=1&hl=en_US, the lead single from his third studio album, Pain Is Love, which proved to be a very successful album. It spawned 2 #1 Billboard Top 100 singles and 3 Top 10 singles and 4 Top 20 singles. “Living It Up” reached #11 on the Billboard Top 100 Chart. The second single was the #1 hit single “I’m Real (Murder Remix)http://www.youtube.com/v/Sjx9oSJDAVQ?fs=1&hl=en_US, and the third was the second #1 single “Always On Timehttp://www.youtube.com/v/0tcDXJfAFVw?fs=1&hl=en_US, and the last was “Down Ass Bitchhttp://www.youtube.com/v/1DHP6FVnyr0?fs=1&hl=en_US, which reached #18 on the Billboard Top 100. Pain Is Love featured guest appearances from Case, The Murder Inc. Family, Missy Elliott, Jodie Mack, Tweet, Jennifer Lopez and a recording from the late Tupac Shakur. Along with its critical success it was also a commercial success selling over 360,000 copies in its first week of release reaching #1 on the Billboard 200. It has reached 3x Platinum Certification in the U.S. and has sold over 6.1 million albums worldwide.

 The Last Temptation (2002)

The Last Temptation, Ja Rule’s fourth album, was released on November 19, 2002. It featured the 2 Billboard Top 10 singles “Thug Lovin’http://www.youtube.com/v/b5NXlIlygts?fs=1&hl=en_US (#8) and “Mesmerize“.http://www.youtube.com/v/VcP96KbFIIU?fs=1&hl=en_US 240,000 copies were sold in the first week of release and debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 100 Albums making it Ja Rule’s 4th Top 5 album from 1999-2002. Although it did not sell as well as his previous album, The Last Temptation was certified Double Platinum by April 25, 2003. It has since sold 2 million albums in the U.S. and over 4.3 million albums as of December 2009. It was after this album that the ‘50 Cent & G-Unit‘ era began, which would negatively affect Ja’s future projects and career in general.

 Blood In My Eye (2003)

Blood In My Eye although intended to be a mixtape, was his fifth album and the last released under the “Murder Inc.” label, which renamed itself “The Inc.” several days after the album release. It spawned the one and only hit “Clap Back”http://www.youtube.com/v/Zb117j9KIcM?fs=1&hl=en_US which reached #5 on the Top 100 and won him the Source Awards'”Fat Tape” song of the year. It peaked at #6 on the Billboard 100 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart selling 139,000 copies in its first week of release. It has since sold 800,000 copies in the U.S. and over 1.4 million worldwide. In October 2003, Ja Rule met with Minster Louis Farrakhan, who wanted to intervene and prevent escalating violence in the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent.

 R.U.L.E. (2004)

Ja Rule’s sixth studio album R.U.L.E. was released in November 2004 debuting at number 7 selling 166,000 copies in its first week of release. Its lead single was “Wonderfulhttp://www.youtube.com/v/QVXE1EzMrfw?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring R. Kelly and Ashanti which peaked on the Billboard Top 100 Singles at #5. The single was followed by the street anthem “New Yorkhttp://www.youtube.com/v/5H7dxtPXLSQ?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring Fat Joe and Jadakiss which charted at #27. The third single was the love song “Caught Uphttp://www.youtube.com/v/IeLx00bjVKc?fs=1&hl=en_US featuring Lloyd and Ashanti which charted at #15. The track “The Manual”http://www.youtube.com/v/h3utifizJoI?fs=1&hl=en_US was also a single in the UK where it peaked at #9. The RIAA certified R.U.L.E. Gold on January 14, 2005 and the album has since sold 658,000 copies in the U.S. and over 2 million worldwide.

 Hiatus, departure from Def Jam (2005-2007)

Ja Rule performing in Fort Hood, Texas, May 13, 2005

On December 6, 2005, The Inc. released Exodus, a greatest hits album whose only new tracks were the song “Me” and intro and outro tracks. Exodus was the last album on Ja Rule’s contract with The Inc. After the release of this compilation, Ja Rule took a hiatus from recording music.
In 2005, The Inc. Records came under investigation because of drug trades by Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff, who was associated with Irv Gotti. This led to Def Jam Recordings refusing to renew The Inc.’s contract. From 2005 to 2006, Gotti searched for other labels until finally reaching a deal with Universal Records (ironically part of the same company as Def Jam).
In 2009, Ja Rule recorded a new song with Brazilian singer Wanessa, “Flyhttp://www.youtube.com/v/chIqAgZTx24?fs=1&hl=en_US, sung entirely in English despite the singer’s nationality. The song also received a version named “Meu Momento”http://www.youtube.com/v/152J5dvqazo?fs=1&hl=en_US, also featuring Ja Rule, in which Wanessa sings in Portuguese. “Fly” was released as a single in Brazil in April. The song was ranked number #1 on Crowley/Brazil, and it was nominated in the “Hit do Ano” (“Hit Song of the Year”) category at the 2009 MTV Video Music Brasil awards show, where Ja Rule and Wanessa performed together for the first time.http://www.youtube.com/v/3aXwKga_yl4?fs=1&hl=en_US
Ja Rule also recently ended his long running feud with his former Def Jam labelmate DMX at VH1’s 2009 Hip Hop Honors. Ja Rule has announced that he is no longer signed to The Inc. Records, the label he has been with since its beginnings in 1997.

 The Renaissance Project (2010-present)

It had originally been announced that Ja Rule will release a new studio album in the summer of 2010. The album was originally going to be entitled Venni Vetti Vecci 2010, named after his 1999 platinum selling debut album, but the album is now titled The Renaissance Project. Ja Rule had also mentioned that the new studio album might be a three-disc set. However, the album may now instead be a double disc or single disc having 14-15 songs. Ja Rule is currently dealing with pending legal issues and expects to release The Renaissance Project towards the end of 2010.

 Personal life

 Family

In April 2001, Ja Rule married Aisha Atkins; whom he met in high school. They have two sons, Jeffrey Jr. (born 2000) and Jordan (born 2004), and 2 daughter Brittney (born 1995)and Quiana(born 1999).

        Criminal charges

In 2003, he punched a man in Toronto, who later sued Ja Rule, but they settled out of court.  In 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule. Ja Rule was also arrested that year for driving with a suspended license and possessing marijuana on July 1. In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges along with Lil Wayne. New York Supreme Court judge Richard Carruthers rejected Ja Rule’s argument that the gun was illegally obtained evidence.
Ja could face four years in prison for his 2007 gun charges.

 Controversial comments regarding homosexuals

When interviewed for an article in the September 2007 issue of Complex magazine, Ja Rule spoke against media depiction of homosexuality:

And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and fuck MGM, and all of these other that’s making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can’t watch this shit,” he continued. “Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let’s talk about shit like that! If that’s not fucking up America, I don’t know what is.

For the above comment he was publicly impugned by the GLAAD:

No fair-minded person can look at Ja Rule’s interview with Complex Magazine and believe for one second that his children could be more harmed by what they might see on television than by the vulgarity and prejudice that comes out of their father’s mouth. Now that media have seen Ja Rule’s intolerance unmasked by his own words, they have a responsibility not to provide in the future a platform for his ugly, vulgar displays of prejudice.

During an interview with online MySpace interview channel The Hook Up on October 24, 2007, Ja Rule claimed that Complex magazine had misquoted him, and that he is “not at all” homophobic. He went on in a January 2008 issue of XXL magazine to state his words were taken out of context. He is quoted as stating:

What I was saying in that article is everyone has that same responsibility. They’re absolutely right: Rappers have a responsibility to the kids. But don’t just pin it on the hip-hop. If I gotta curb my lyrics or censor what I say, no problem. But if you gonna show sexual images during the daytime for children, that should be censored as well… And I’m not just talking about homosexuality. I’m talking about any sexuality. If it’s too sexy for kids, it’s too sexy for kids. 

 Philanthrophy

Ja Rule founded the L.I.F.E Foundation, which opens its doors to underprivileged children through various programs such as art, music, poetry and sports.

 Albums

 Compilations

Awards and nominations

Year Award/Nomination
2001 Source Hip-Hop Music Award Won for Single of the Year – “Put It on Me”
MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Rap Video – “Put It on Me”
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Won for Best Hip-Hop Video – “I’m Real (Murder Remix)
MTV Video Music Awards nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video – “Always on Time
American Music Award nominated for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group – “Put It on Me”
Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap Album – Pain Is Love
Grammy Awards nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – “Livin’ It Up”
World Music Awards Won for World’s Best-Selling Rap Artist
BET Awards Won for Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Artist
GQ Men of the Year Award Won for Musician of the Year
Teen Choice Awards Won for Male Artist of the Year
NAACP Image Awards Won for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Soul Train Music Award nomination for Best Rap/Soul or Rap Album of the Year – Pain Is Love
2003 Source Award Won for R&B/Rap Collboration of the Year – “Thug Lovin'”
American Music Award nomination for Favorite Hip-Hop/R&B Male Artist
Grammy Awards nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – “Always on Time”
2004 Source Award Won for Phat Tape Song of the Year – “Clap Back”
2009 MTV Video Music Brasil nomination for Hit do Ano (Song of the Year) – “Fly

 Acting career

During his break from rapping, Ja Rule had an appearance as another street racer in The Fast and the Furioushttp://www.youtube.com/v/63tg_R4qi2k?fs=1&hl=en_US with Vin Diesel. He appeared in the 2004 movie Back in The Day along with Ving Rhames and Pam Grier. He also starred in the movie The Cookout http://www.youtube.com/v/_1yuiJfrpR0?fs=1&hl=en_US with Queen Latifah. He is currently working on the movie Don’t Fade Away.http://www.youtube.com/v/YiCQ-ifRkZM?fs=1&hl=en_US

 Filmography

Year Title Role
2000 Da Hip Hop Witch Himself
Turn It Up David “Gage” Williams
Backstage Himself
2001 Crime Partners Hitman
The Fast and the Furious Edwin
2002 Half Past Dead Nicolas ‘Nick’ Frazier
2003 Scary Movie 3 Agent Thompson
Pauly Shore Is Dead Himself
2004 The Cookout Bling Bling
Shall We Dance? Hip Hop Bar Performer
2005 Back in the Day Reggie Cooper
Assault on Precinct 13 Smiley
2009 Don’t Fade Away Foster
Co2
2010 Wrong Side of Town Razor

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Lil Wayne ” Music Videos”


Who is  Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.? The rap and entertainment world knows him by his stage name Lil Wayne. Wayne is an American rapper. At the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label, and half of the duo, The B.G.’z, with B.G.. In 1997, Lil Wayne joined the group Hot Boys, which also included rappers Juvenile, B.G., and Turk. Hot Boys debuted with Get It How U Live! that year. Lil Wayne gained most of his success with the group’s major selling album Guerrilla Warfare, released in 1999. Also in 1999, Lil Wayne released his Platinum debut album Tha Block Is Hot, selling over one million copies in the U.S.

Although his next two albums Lights Out (2000) and 500 Degreez (2002) were not as successful (only reaching Gold status), Lil Wayne reached higher popularity in 2004 with Tha Carter, which included the single “Go D.J.” Wayne also appeared on the Destiny’s Child top ten single “Soldier” that year. In 2005, the sequel to Tha CarterTha Carter II, was released. In 2006 and 2007, Lil Wayne released several mixtapes and appeared on several popular rap and R&B singles. His most successful album, Tha Carter III, was released in 2008 which went on to sell over 1 million copies in the U.S. its first week of release. It included the number-one single “Lollipop” and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Lil Wayne released his debut rock album, Rebirth, in 2010 to primarily negative reception from critics. The album eventually went gold. In March 2010, Lil Wayne began serving an 8 month prison sentence in New York after being convicted of criminal possession of a weapon stemming from an incident in July 2007. While in jail he released another album entitled I Am Not a Human Being in September 2010, featuring Young Money artists such as DrakeNicki Minaj and Lil Twist.

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Music career


2010–present: Rebirth and I Am Not a Human Being


Prom Queen

Jay Sean – Down ft. Lil Wayne

On Fire

 “Drop the World“, which features Eminem

2008–09: Tha Carter III and We Are Young Money


Lollipop“, featuring Static 
 “Got Money” featuring T-Pain, 
 “Girls Around the World” by Lloyd



 “Official Girl” by Cassie
 “I’m So Paid” byAkon

 “Can’t Believe It” by T-Pain
rap singles “My Life” by The Game
 “Shawty Say” by David Banner
 “Swagga Like Us” by T.I
 “Cutty Buddy” by Mike Jones
 “Certified” by Glasses Malone
Let It Rock” by new Cash Money artist Kevin Rudolf
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 “BedRock“, featuring Lloyd 
 “Roger That“. 
 “Revolver“, with Madonna
 Weezersong, “Can’t Stop Partying”

2004–07: Tha CarterTha Carter II and collaborations

 “Go DJ” 


Destiny’s Child’s single “Soldier” with T.I.

 “Fireman,” 

 “Grown Man”

“Hustler Muzik”

“Shooter” (featuring R&B singer Robin Thicke). Lil Wayne also appeared on a remix of Bobby Valentino’s “

Tell Me

 “Make It Rain” by Fat Joe
You” by Lloyd
 “We Takin’ Over” by DJ Khaled (also featuring AkonT.I.Rick Ross, Fat Joe, and Birdman),

 “Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)” by Wyclef Jean (also featuring Akon),

 “I’m So Hood” by DJ Khaled (also featuring T-PainYoung JeezyLudacrisBusta RhymesBig Boi, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Rick Ross).
  “100 Million” 
 “I Run This


The Hot Boys


 “I Need a Hot Girl”

 “Back That Azz Up“, 
 “Bling Bling“, 

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