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NEW YORK, July 9 (UPI) -- Rapper and actor Mos Def allowed himself to be force-fed to spotlight the treatment of hunger strikers at the U.S. military lockup in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
YouTube helped Mos Def play Chuck Berry

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NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and hip-hop artist Mos Def says he watched Chuck Berry footage on YouTube to prepare for playing the music icon in "Cadillac Records."
Firth executive produced Mumia documentary

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NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Sundance Channel has announced it acquired "In Prison My Whole Life," a feature documentary executive produced by British actor Colin Firth.
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Rapper wants fans to hear words and music

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Proposal would ban 'n-word' in New York

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A New York City councilman is proposing a ban the "n-word" in the city, and lawmakers are expected to vote on the ordinance this week. The New York Times says Councilman Leroy G. Comrie Jr. came up with the idea for the ban just days after actor Michael R

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LAS VEGAS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Pop star Britney Spears is in Las Vegas to work on her new album in the recording studio at the Palms Casino Resort.

Scott's soul duets fill 'Collaborations'

NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- U.S. soul singer Jill Scott's next album, "Collaborations," will be made up of musical duets from her recording career, Billboard magazine reported.

Mos Def trial hits scheduling snag

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The New York trial of Mos Def has been postponed because the rapper-actor's busy agenda caused a scheduling conflict.

9,000 musicians missing royalty payments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The Washington-based group responsible for distributing royalty checks to artists says 9,000 musicians have yet to claim their share of payments.

Mos Def arrested after impromptu gig

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Rapper Mos Def was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after an impromptu performance outside the "Video Music Awards" in New York. Authorities said Mos Def and his entourage pulled up in a flatbed truck around 10 p.m. for an unscheduled show for

Supernatural breaks freestyle record

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Rapper Supernatural broke the "Longest Freestyle Rap" record at this year's Rock the Bells concert in San Bernardino, Calif.
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Mos Def
Actor Mos Def arrives for the February 27, 2006 New York premiere of his film "16 Blocks" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)

Dante Terrell Smith (born December 11, 1973) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and a Grammy-nominated MC known by the stage name Mos Def. Mos Def started his hip hop career in a group called Urban Thermo Dynamics, after which he appeared on albums by Da Bush Babees and De La Soul. With Talib Kweli, he formed the duo Black Star, who released the album Black Star in 1998. He was a major force in the late 1990s underground hip hop explosion spearheaded by Rawkus Records. As a solo artist he has released the albums Black on Both Sides in 1999, The New Danger in 2004, and True Magic, 2006.

Initially recognized for his musical output, Mos Def's screen work since the early 2000s has established him as one of only a handful of rappers who have garnered critical approval for their acting work. Mos Def has also been active on several social and political issues and was particularly vocal in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Mos Def was born Dante Terrell Smith in the Roosevelt Houses of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Darrell Toler. He has two younger brothers, Abdul Rahman (a.k.a. "Gold Medal Man," who is Mos' full-time DJ) and Anwar Superstar. He also has a younger sister, Ces (Casey) Smith. In addition he also has another younger brother Jermone Victor Moulton who resides in Brooklyn and shares the same mother Umi Smith. Mos Def and his brothers are all converts to Islam. Mos Def was first exposed to Islam at age thirteen by his father. He became a Muslim at age nineteen after getting to know Muslim rappers including Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Q-Tip of the group A Tribe Called Quest. Mos Def grew up during the golden age of hip-hop and has been rapping and acting since he was six years old. He attended Philippa Schuyler Middle School in Bushwick, Brooklyn. For high school, Mos Def attended The Fieldston School after moving to the Bronx.

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