Tupac’s ‘Dear Mama’ inducted into Library of Congress

 
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Tupac Shakur’s song, “Dear Mama,” was inducted into the Library of Congress’ Recording Registry, which preserves “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” recordings that are at least 10 years old.  The Library of Congress called the 1995 hit “a moving and eloquent homage to both the murdered rapper’s own mother and all mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of addiction, poverty and societal indifference.”
 
“Dear Mama” marks only the third hip-hop recording in the Library of Congress following Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” and Public Enemy’s album, Fear of a Black Planet.  Little Richard’s 1955 hit “Tutti Frutti” and bluesman Howlin’ Wolf‘s 1956 single “Smokestack Lightning” were also among the 25 recordings inducted into the Library of Congress.

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Alicia Keys’ unborn baby blessed in Zulu ceremony in South Africa

 
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While in South Africa for a performance at the World Cup, Alicia Keys and her fiance Swizz Beatz recently had their unborn baby blessed in a Zulu ceremony.  Mother and child received traditional Zulu names, reports the Daily Mail.  Keys, who is five months pregnant, was chosen to receive the honor because of her work with a local children’s charity Bobbi Bear, whose workers are paid by the singer.
 
“Alicia has been made part of the tribal family because she really reached out to the people here,” said Bobbi Bear director Jackie Bradfield.

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Suge Knight sues Kanye West over party shooting

 
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Isn’t this a switch.  Suge Knight, founder of Death Row Records, is suing Kanye West for hosting a Miami Beach party that produced a “dangerous environment” in 2005.  Knight was shot in the leg by an unknown gunman during the pre-MTV Video Awards party West hosted at the Shore Club.  Knight– who is experiencing financial troubles– is seeking $1 million in damages from the rapper and the club, reports the Associated Press.
 
West and Knight sat down Friday in a New York office with their lawyers during a six-hour session to settle the dispute.  But were unable to finalize the matter.
 
“I figured I could sit him down, man to man, and get this resolved,” Knight said after the closed-door session at a Fifth Avenue office. “I’m disappointed.”

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Oprah gives money and Ipads to employees

 
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of O magazine, Oprah Winfrey gave each employee Tuesday an Apple iPad, a leather iPad case with their initials, and a check for $10,000.
 
“These were personal gifts to the staff from Oprah to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the magazine,” said a spokeswoman for Hearst, the company that publishes the magazine.
 
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A Father’s Day Gift for Barack Obama

 
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First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia went to the L.A. Lakers game Thursday night. The girls wanted to get their dad a jersey as a gift for Father’s Day. So AEG president Tim Leiweke — whose suite they were sitting in– had the gift shop make a customized Obama jersey. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson (and former coach of Obama’s hometown team, the Chicago Bulls) signed the jersey after the game.

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