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NEW YORK (AP) -- Monica, who debuted at 15 with the multiplatinum-selling CD "Miss Thang," wasn't one who succumbed to celebrity pitfalls as a child star

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Roland Reflects on Obama's Historic Run for the White House


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nas says he's focusing on music and his children after striking a deal to dismiss a civil contempt charge against him.
A Los Angeles judge dismissed the contempt allegation against the rapper Monday after he paid nearly $50,000 in child support to his estranged wife Kelis.


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A sell-out crowd is expected Friday, April 16, at the Urban Arts Dance Company, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a Spring concert, "Pulse," 8 p.m. at the Newmark Theater, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.


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Now in its seventh year, the LHAAFF is a staple in Seattle's Central District for giving the neighborhood the opportunity to see unknown indie films specifically about African American culture. It takes place this year April 17-25.


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Knight seeks damages of more than $1 million.

A rap music smackdown looms in a federal courtroom between oft-troubled impresario Marion "Suge" Knight and controversial star Kanye West over a shooting at a star-studded Miami Beach party.
Knight, founder of Death Row Records and promoter of some of rap's biggest acts, was shot in the right leg in August 2005 by a still-unknown assailant at the ultra-trendy Shore Club. West was hosting the party before the MTV Video Music Awards held that year in Miami.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The name of David Mills kept coming up in a conversation last week about "Treme," HBO's zesty drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans, premiering Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT.

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LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) -- Madonna laid the first brick of her new girls' academy near Malawi's capital Tuesday, in which she encouraged Malawian girls to ``dare to dream,'' according to the inscription on the brick.


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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- About 50 Michael Jackson fans waved signs and chanted outside a courthouse Monday in anticipation of a hearing in the involuntary manslaughter case against the pop star's doctor.

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R&B superstar's new album is sensual and very single, but faces stiff competition.

Less than two years ago, Usher was glorifying his evolution as a man with "Here I Stand," a CD that found him celebrating his new role as husband and father while shunning the image of a sexy bad boy unable - or unwilling -to make a lasting commitment.

Now, with the release of his latest album, "Raymond v. Raymond," the 31-year-old talks about maturity again. But this time, it comes from lessons learned after disappointment - not only in the discouraging sales of that album, but in the failure of his two-year marriage to Tameka Foster Raymond, the mother of his two young sons.

 


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