SNOOP AT THE KIDS CHOICE AWARDS LAST MONTH (GETTY IMAGES)
Remember when Snoop was caught with a collapsible baton while trying to get on a plane last year? Well he is getting community service for attempting to bring the listed ‘deadly weapon’ on the plane.
Snoop Dogg whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr has been sentenced to 160 hours of community service after admitting to having a collapsible baton in his hand luggage at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, in September 2006.
Snoop lawyer, Donald Etra said that the baton had been used by his client in a musical sketch. Mr. Etra had advised him to plead not guilty, but said his client wanted to resolve the issue.
Snoop Dogg, who was acquitted of murder in 1993, was arrested on two other occasions in 2006 for marijuana and gun possession.
He has since been denied entry to Australia and Britain and his punishment also included three years’ informal probation, whatever that means.
‘LET FREEDOM RING WEEKEND EVENT’
Nick Cannom, Jaggged Edge, Twista, Killer Mike and Sean Paul of YoungBloodz are among many hip-hop artists slated to perform at a benefit concert for the Jena 6 during the “Let Freedom Ring Weekend” in Birmingham, Alabama.
The “Let Freedom Ring Weekend” will be used as a platform to raise awareness and show support for the Jena 6 – six black students facing lengthy jail time for an attack on a white schoolmate in Louisiana.
The “Let Freedom Ring Weekend” will kick off on Friday (September 28) with a press conference at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a peace rally at Parker High School at 4 p.m.
LUDA USES THE N WORD @ MLK CONCERT
Ludacris used the “N” word in his raps during this week’s performance of the “Dream Concert” at New York’s Radio City Music Hall – despite the fact that the performance was held to support a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C. Critics of the performance say the rapper’s use of the derogatory racial term was disrespectful to King’s memory. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and many others were on hand to support the effort to raise $1 million for a monument to place on Washington’s mall.
THE GAME GETS OFF
A New York judge has set rapper The Game free on a conditional release, after he was accused of impersonating a police officer. Police say The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, hailed a cab last November and told the driver to run multiple red lights because Taylor was an undercover cop.
Taylor’s lawyer argued that The Game has a noticeable tattoo on his face, and there’s no way the markings would let his client pass for a policeman. The Game says he told the cab driver, when asked about a car following them, that it was the “hip hop police,” and the cabbie ran the lights on his own. Taylor’s conditional release means the misdemeanor impersonation charge will be dismissed in six months, if The Game commits no other offenses.