Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston booked for Stand Up to Cancer telethon

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NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Reese Witherspoon are scheduled to take part in next month's Stand Up to Cancer fundraising telethon.
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Lupe Fiasco says he doesn't regret calling Obama 'the biggest terrorist'

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NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) --Lupe Fiasco tells Katie Couric in a Yahoo! interview that he "lost a lot of friends" when he criticized President Barack Obama.
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Lupe Fiasco sings anti-Obama song at D.C. event

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco sang a song criticizing the Obama administration and others at a private Washington event held to celebrate startups and innovation.
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Lupe Fiasco honored in GQ magazine

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Plain White T's win 'Breaking Woodie'

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Atlanta rapper T.I. tops BET nominations

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Kidrobot toys bring out the kids in adults

NEW YORK, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Limited-edition action figure toys made by Kidrobot in New York's SoHo district are being sold at a temporary location during renovation and auctioned on eBay.

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Lupe Fiasco
A woman crowd-surfs as Lupe Fiasco performs at the Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on August 9, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Wasalu Muhammad Jaco (born February 16, 1982), better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco (pronounced /ˈluːpeɪ/ loo-pay), is an American rapper, artist, producer and CEO of 1st and 15th Entertainment. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his critically acclaimed debut album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. He also performs as the frontman of post punk band Japanese Cartoon under his real name.

Raised in Chicago, Fiasco developed an interest in hip-hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity. He adopted the name Lupe Fiasco and began recording songs in his father's basement, and joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a record deal with Atlantic Records. In 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor on the label, to commercial and critical acclaim. He then released his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, in December 2007. The single "Superstar" became a hit, peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. His latest album, Lasers, was released on March 8, 2011 after several release date delays.

In addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, "Righteous Kung-Fu" and "Trilly & Truly"; he has also designed sneakers for Reebok. He has also been involved with charitable activities throughout his career, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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