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Brooklyn becoming new celebrity locale

NEW YORK, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Celebrities, including film actors Heath Ledger and Jennifer Connelly, are flocking to live in the New York borough of Brooklyn, a report says.

Mos Def and his wife are getting a divorce

NEW YORK, June 28 (UPI) -- A Brooklyn judge has urged rapper and actor Mos Def and his wife to settle their divorce case out of court.

Casting starts for 'Stringbean and Marcus'

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- Final talks are under way with Mos Def and Sophie Okonedo to star in the indie film "Stringbean and Marcus."

Mos Def in court over child support

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Actor/rapper Mos Def says he is having trouble keeping up with the $10,000 in child support he was ordered to pay his estranged wife starting Jan. 1.

Alicia Keys 'Unplugged' is No. 1 album

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" has become her third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums charts, the industry magazine reported Wednesday.

MTV announces Alicia Keys 'Unplugged'

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- MTV announced Tuesday it was kicking off a new generation of its "MTV Unplugged" series with a concert by Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys.

Nominees for 62nd Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Analysis: Film takes on pedophilia

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The new film "The Woodsman" is generating Oscar buzz for actor Kevin Bacon, but it is also likely to generate a different kind of talk -- controversy over its e
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

George Strait sits atop Billboard 200

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Veteran country singer George Strait's "50 Number Ones" held its No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 U.S. albums chart for a second consecutive week.

Stars raise funds for ACLU

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A celebrity concert at New York's Lincoln Center raised $300,000 for the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization said Wednesday.

VH-1 looks at 30 years of rap

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Ice T., Missy Elliott and Kid Rock are featured on a 30-year retrospective of rap music on U.S. cable's VH-1 produced by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Ray Charles tribute on CBS in October

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Stevie Wonder, Usher and Norah Jones are among the artists performing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles next month in a tribute to the late Ray Charles.

'Lord Made' wins TV movie Emmy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- "Something the Lord Made" won the Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday.

'Hitchhiker's Guide' author's kin in film

LONDON, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- The family of the late Douglas Adams, the British author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," have been cast in a film based on the sci-fi story.

Nominees for 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 56th Prime Time Emmy Awards, which were announced Thursday in Los Angeles:
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Actor Mos Def arrives for the February 27, 2006 New York premiere of his film "16 Blocks" (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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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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