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Rick Ross arrested in North Carolina after performing at SuperJam

Rick Ross arrested in North Carolina after performing at SuperJam

GREENSBORO, N.C., June 30 (UPI) --Rapper Rick Ross was arrested after performing at SuperJam in North Carolina on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on marijuana charge.
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Chris Rock to host the 2014 BET Awards

Chris Rock to host the 2014 BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) --Comedian and actor Chris Rock will serve as the host for the 2014 BET Awards.
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Rick Ross escorts Adrien Broner to ring [VIDEO]

Rick Ross escorts Adrien Broner to ring [VIDEO]

LAS VEGAS, May 4 (UPI) -- Rick Ross escorts Adrien Broner and Floyd Mayweather before their respective fights in Las Vegas.
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Oprah Winfrey weighs bid to buy Clippers

Oprah Winfrey weighs bid to buy Clippers

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey would consider bidding on the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling is forced to sell.
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Rick Ross gets Rolling Stone advice column

Rick Ross gets Rolling Stone advice column

March 24 (UPI) -- Rapper Rick Ross now has his very own advice column for Rolling Stone magazine.
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Ashanti releases first album in nearly six years

Ashanti releases first album in nearly six years

NEW YORK, March 6 (UPI) -- Ashanti released her new album "BraveHeart" on Tuesday and says the disc is the singer at her "most vulnerable."
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Rick Ross defends Trayvon Martin lyric on 'Mastermind'

Rick Ross defends Trayvon Martin lyric on 'Mastermind'

MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Rick Ross has had to clarify his lyrical reference to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012.
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Rick Ross's label produced track inspired by Lamar Odom

Rick Ross's label produced track inspired by Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Whole Slab, a member of Ross' Maybach Music Group, has come up with a new single titled "Lamar Odom."
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Rick Ross releases long-awaited sixth album 'Mastermind'

Rick Ross releases long-awaited sixth album 'Mastermind'

MIAMI, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Rick Ross releases sixth album "Mastermind" for streaming; download available on March 3rd.
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'Tonight Show' moves back to New York with Fallon as host

'Tonight Show' moves back to New York with Fallon as host

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- New host Jimmy Fallon's debut Monday was the first episode of "The Tonight Show" broadcast from New York in more than 40 years.
Justin Bieber considering buying home in Atlanta?

Justin Bieber considering buying home in Atlanta?

ATLANTA, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Pop star Justin Bieber is spending some time in Atlanta partying and recording, and it looks like he may purchase a home in the southern city, TMZ reported.
Reebok drops Ross; rapper says he regrets singing date-rape song

Reebok drops Ross; rapper says he regrets singing date-rape song

NEW YORK, April 12 (UPI) -- Shoe manufacturer Reebok says it has fired U.S. rapper Rick Ross as a spokesman because he failed to live up to the values associated with the brand.

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Chaz Ebert calls Roger 'courageous,' 'love of my life ... Rick Ross says he doesn't condone rape, despite suggestive song lyrics ... Burnell Taylor eliminated from 'American Idol' ... Duchess Kate Middleton says baby due in mid-July ... News from United Press International.
Rick Ross says he doesn't condone rape, despite suggestive song lyrics

Rick Ross says he doesn't condone rape, despite suggestive song lyrics

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- U.S. rapper Rick Ross, who was widely criticized for "U.O.E.N.O," a song he sings about date rape, said via Twitter he doesn't "condone rape."

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Rapper Rick Ross unharmed in Florida shooting, crash ... Injured Barbara Walters is suffering from chicken pox ... Model Liberty Ross, film director Rupert Sanders divorcing ... Actor Seann William Scott and model Lindsay Frimodt break up ... News from United Press International.
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Rick Alan Ross (born 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States as Ricky Alan Ross) works as a consultant, lecturer and intervention specialist, with an interest in exit counseling and deprogramming people from cults. He runs a blog at CultNews.com, and in 2003 founded the Rick A. Ross Institute, which maintains a database about controversial groups that contains press articles, court documents, and essays. He has worked as an expert court witness and as an analyst for the media in cases relating to such groups.

Paul and Ethel Ross adopted Rick Ross in 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Ross family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1956, where Ross grew up and attended school. Ross completed high school in 1971 and subsequently worked for a finance company and for a bank. In 1974 a court convicted Ross for the attempted burglary of a vacant model home and sentenced him to probation. The following year he was sentenced to five years' probation for his involvement in a jewelry embezzlement scheme at a retail store in Arizona. Ross later said "I had been in trouble as a young man, and I turned my life around ... I never again in my life made another mistake like that." In 1983 the Maricopa County Superior Court vacated both judgments of guilt in the absence of any opposition, dismissed the charges and restored Ross's civil rights. In 1975, Ross began work for a cousin's car-salvage business, eventually becoming company vice-president. He continued working in this field until 1982.

Ross says he first became concerned about controversial religious groups in 1982. Jewish Voice Broadcast, a missionary group founded by an Assembly of God minister named Louis Kaplan, specifically targeted Jews for conversion to Pentecostalism. The group infiltrated the Jewish nursing home where Ross's grandmother lived. After bringing the matter to the attention of the director and of the local Jewish community, Ross successfully campaigned to have the group's activities stopped. He then began working as a volunteer, lecturer and researcher for a variety of Jewish organizations. He worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) appointed him to two national committees focusing on cults and inter-religious affairs. During the 1980s Ross represented the Jewish community on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Arizona Department of Corrections. Later the Committee elected him as its chairman, and he served as chairman of the International Coalition of Jewish Prisoners Programs sponsored by B'nai Brith in Washington D.C. Ross's work within the prison system covered inmate religious rights and educational efforts regarding hate groups. Ross also worked as a member of the professional staff of the Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) and the Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) in Phoenix, Arizona.

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