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ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2007 | Bruce Smith, Associated Press
White students at Tarleton State University in Texas hold a party in which they dress in gang gear and drink malt liquor from paper bags. A white Clemson University student attends a bash in blackface over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. A fraternity at Johns Hopkins University invites partygoers to wear "bling bling" grills, or shiny metal caps on their teeth.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2007 | From Associated Press
School administrators in Riverbank, Calif., have banned clothing featuring the name of Mac Dre, a slain rapper who glorified drug use in his music, education officials said. Riverbank Unified School District board members voted unanimously Tuesday to add the Sacramento-based rapper to a list of names and labels banned at the district's only high school. Dre was gunned down in Kansas City, Mo., in 2004 and popularized the slang term "to thizz," to describe being high on ecstasy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Their very names strike fear in the hearts of white rappers everywhere: Vanilla Ice. Snow. Kevin Federline. Though there are notable success stories -- Eminem and the Beastie Boys, most obviously -- pale emcees often travel a hard road to respect. "The White Rapper Show," a new reality program debuting at 10:30 tonight, is both a parody and commentary on race in hip-hop.
NEWS
December 21, 2006 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
ALL Slick Rick wants for Christmas is to be home with his family in New York. And next Christmas. And the next. And the next. It's a modest wish for a rapper, especially one known as a key figure in the '80s rise of glitzy hip-hop -- he of the spangled eye patch and the colorful, character-driven tales of such hits as the controversial "Treat Her Like a Prostitute" and his playful 1985 "La-Di-Da-Di" pairing with Doug E. Fresh, all cited as influences by figures including Eminem and Chris Rock.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006 | Geoff Boucher and Chris Lee, Times Staff Writers
In the three decades since rap music grabbed the microphone and swaggered toward pop culture's center stage, it's been hotly debated whether it's the essential sound of youth and urban culture or just ugly noise masquerading as music. But nobody could argue that it was yesterday's news. That changes today.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 18, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Rapper Fabolous was shot early Tuesday as he stood at a Manhattan parking garage, spurring a sequence of events that left him both hospitalized in stable condition and under arrest, police said. The 28-year-old rapper, whose legal name is John Jackson, was shot once in the thigh when a male with a gun approached him and three others and opened fire, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wysokowski said. The four jumped into a vehicle and fled, attracting the attention of police when they ran a red light.
NEWS
October 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
China's Culture Ministry has canceled rapper Jay-Z's planned debut in the country, citing his "vulgar" lyrics, a state-run newspaper reported Wednesday. The rap icon, whose real name is Shawn Carter, was scheduled to perform Oct. 23 at Shanghai's Hongkou Stadium. "Some of Jay-Z's songs contain too much vulgar language," Sun Yun, of promoter KS Production Co., was quoted as saying in the Shanghai Daily.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial when a New York City jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey musicians. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict was announced Thursday. "This whole experience is proof to me of why I will always fight for what I believe in."
NATIONAL
January 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Obie Trice, a protege of Eminem, was shot while driving on a Detroit highway, police said. Someone in another car shot through the back window of 28-year-old Trice's vehicle as he drove along the Lodge Freeway in the early morning, state police said. The Detroit native managed to continue driving and got off the freeway in the suburb of Southfield, where his girlfriend, also in the vehicle, flagged down police. Trice was taken to Providence Hospital, where he was treated and released.
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