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From Good.Is:

I was 11 when Snoop Dogg's first album, 'Doggystyle,' came out. That was gangsta rap's heyday, when MTV still played music videos by people like Snoop, Dr. Dre, Warren G, and the Dogg Pound Gangstaz, much to the dismay of my mother. At that time my mom was a principal at a middle school serving mostly low-income minorities in Tucson, Arizona. For her, gangs and the violence they wrought were an everyday reality, not entertainment. When I asked her if she'd buy me Doggystyle in a Wherehouse music store one afternoon, it was as if I'd asked her to buy me crack or a switchblade. "Absolutely not!" she gasped. That day, I had to make do with Digable Planets.

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From Variety:

More than two years after winning a supporting actress Oscar for "Precious," Mo'Nique has settled on her next feature project, as the thesp is in talks to play a supporting role in the indie dramedy "Bumped."

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From Show Biz 411:

Someone's sure got it in for L.A. Reid as he arrives at Epic Records. This is worse than when he took over Arista Records a decade ago. Reid has just arrived at Epic under Doug Morris's new regime at Sony Music. He had a hugely successful run at Island DefJam before that. Today's Page Six–totally manipulated and without one fact or named source–paints Reid as "Mr. Nasty" who only wants "beautiful people" in the office.

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From Racialicious:

Is it more realistic to paint a world where interracial relationships don't matter at all, or one where race is just one of many issues? In most projects that make it to both the large and small screen race is either the largest issue for the couple being portrayed, or it isn't mentioned at all. Two new shows spent the summer season exploring the tangled world of race and relationships.

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From the Atlantic:

Fox News has, over the years, taken it's shots at hip-hop--most recently in the person of Common. But in fact, the virus of hip-hop has long infected the network from the top down. Given the current conflict embroiling Fox News' parent company, this seems like a really good time to remember that James Murdoch, heir apparent to the Empire, is responsible for some of the best hip-hop music of our time.

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From Posterous:

You may want to brush up on your Othello before watching this performance. The piece is, in essence, a dialogue with Shakespeare's original play. And, although writer Toni Morrison would not call herself a feminist, the result of this dialogue is a womanist revision of the play's characters and the norms set by the era in which they lived. Morrison's masterful tracing of sly, systemic modes of enslavement--of women, of Africans, of "others" and "villains"--is carefully brought to the fore through a series of monologues delivered by Desdemona (played by Elizabeth Marvel) in the afterlife.

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From Jezebel:

The terrifyingly titled Steve Harvey book 'Act Like a Lady,' Think Like a Man is being turned into a movie. And starring in that movie will be everyone's favorite convicted felon, Chris Brown.


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From Nola.com:

Born Helen Folasade Adu to a Nigerian father and an English mother, the future Sade moved from Nigeria to England at age 4. In 1981, she joined a British Latin soul band called Pride.

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From People:

It's a boy for Maya Rudolph. The Bridesmaids star, 38, and director Paul Thomas Anderson welcomed their third child, son Jack, on July 3, her rep tells PEOPLE.

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From the Telegraph:

The internationally-televised tour, which included 300 fans whose holidays were paid by Australia's tourism agencies, was tipped by Tourism Australia to be worth $360 million (£237 million) in global publicity. But the flailing economy and the rising Australian dollar appear to have dented the impact of the much-touted "Oprah effect".

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