Snoop Dogg Appears at Nation of Islam Convention

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Snoop Dogg is one of several hip-hop stars
making appearances at the Nation of Islam's annual convention in a
Chicago suburb.

Wearing sunglasses, a dark suit and a tie, Snoop Dogg spoke briefly in front of a crowd of thousands Sunday and praised the Chicago-based movement's Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan has long held relationships with famous rappers and hip-hop artists. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, called himself the leader of the "hip-hop community" and says he'll always seek out the minister.

Snoop gave a $1,000 donation to the Nation, which has espoused black nationalism and fought for black self-reliance and power. Rapper T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, appeared viarecorded video.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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