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Markus contended that Banton deserved a lower sentence because of his limited participation in the drug buy, his charitable work in Jamaica and his otherwise clean record

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton to 10 years in prison Thursday, the lowest sentence legally allowed for his role in a large cocaine trafficking deal in 2009.



TOKYO (AP) -- A Japanese music foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster relief.



The iconic leather jacket is expected to fetch more than $200,000

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- The jacket Michael Jackson wore in his "Thriller" video is hitting the auction block.
Auction administrator Darren Julien says the red and black leather jacket is "the most recognized and significant piece of pop culture" to come up for sale, and he expects it to fetch at least $200,000 at the Music Icons auction on June 25 and 26 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.



Comic company will begin digital sales of all superhero titles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.
At the same time, they will be introducing the first Black character to take on the Batman mantle – Batwing (pictured). This September, DC will release the "Batman of Africa" as Batwing #1, which will be written by Judd Winick and illustrated by Ben Oliver.



Dead at 62 after a life of struggle and creative power

Long before Public Enemy urged the need to "Fight the Power" or N.W.A. offered a crude rebuke of the police, Gil-Scott Heron was articulating the rage and the disillusionment of the black masses through song and spoken word.  



Punishment comes after probation violation for 2007 DUI

Lindsay Lohan has been fitted with an ankle monitor and will serve her sentence on house arrest rather than going to jail.




Oregon State University's Black Student Union will be showcasing their 9th annual Divine Nine Step Show:Step Into the Bad Side at 3:30 p.m. on May 28 at Lasells Stewart Center, 875 SW 26th St. in Corvallis. Tickets are $6 for the public, $5 for students, and doors open at 2:30 p.m.



Fundraiser to be held May 27

This Friday, May 27, the African Youth Community Organization and Al Jebal Mediterranean restaurant will be holding a fund-raising event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jackson Middle School, 16025 SW 35th Ave. in Portland.
The event, "A Walk in Our Shoes" will help raise "the needed resources to both sustain and to growth students who are falling through the cracks by providing academic tutoring, language instruction, afterschool sports activities and advice on cultural integration."



The mural's creator, the prominent mural artist, Isaka Shamsud-Din, has expressed interest in restoring the mural. The King Neighborhood Association is exploring grant funding



Former rapper turned businessman says his campaign comes after decades of activism

MIAMI (AP) -- It's a late Friday night in a Little Havana restaurant when Luther "Luke" Campbell's campaign volunteer suggests announcing to the handful of other diners that a candidate for Miami-Dade County mayor is in their midst.
The former rapper nods in agreement, then jokingly reconsiders as the curly-haired volunteer walks away. Her short-shorts are demure by Miami standards, even practical on a humid night, but maybe the older couple she's approaching will get the idea that his campaign is about booty shaking.


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