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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 30, 2005
Pop crossover isn't always a bad thing. The Beatles made music that appealed to people who loved rock and those who had little tolerance for it. Johnny Cash did the same with country music, Bob Marley with reggae and so on down to Kanye West and hip-hop. The rapper-producer's The College Dropout hit pop and rap last year with the impact of a winning three-point basket in the NBA playoffs. Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), the even more ambitious, superbly crafted follow-up due in stores today, could connect even more strongly.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
After what seemed like his 40th guttural bellow during “I am a God,” an exhausted Kanye West fell on his back. Like most of the moments during his two-hour-plus performance at Washington's Verizon Center on Thursday night, it felt earned, not contrived. It had been five years since the 36-year-old Chicagoan's last solo tour (the beautiful, campy Glow in the Dark tour), and West ensured - through a fully committed, sweat-soaked performance, striking stage design and his many, many words -  those in attendance of his “Yeezus” tour would not leave questioning his heart and passion.
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By RASHOD OLLISON and RASHOD OLLISON,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2004
I'M TALKING to the back of John Legend's head. We're in a car driven by a promotions guy from Columbia Records, the R&B singer's label. John chills in the passenger seat, which cramps my knees in the back. But I say nothing as we pull away from D.C.'s Hotel Helix, where I met the guys. The ride to Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, where John is due for a sound check, is a short one. The Ohio-bred singer-musician, whose blues-suffused voice belies his 25 years, arrived in town barely two hours ago. And he's scheduled to perform at the school's homecoming later tonight.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Three years ago, he was a 26-year-old college dropout cleaning carpets at the Social Security complex in Woodlawn. There, toiling away in the wee hours, Jonte Hall vowed to give basketball one last shot. The Harlem Globetrotters are glad he did. On Saturday, Hall will perform with the 'Trotters, the game's celebrated barnstormers, at the Verizon Center in Washington (1 p.m.). Billed as "Too Tall" Hall for his height (5-foot-2), he's the smallest player ever to suit up for the Globetrotters in their 86-year history.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
After what seemed like his 40th guttural bellow during “I am a God,” an exhausted Kanye West fell on his back. Like most of the moments during his two-hour-plus performance at Washington's Verizon Center on Thursday night, it felt earned, not contrived. It had been five years since the 36-year-old Chicagoan's last solo tour (the beautiful, campy Glow in the Dark tour), and West ensured - through a fully committed, sweat-soaked performance, striking stage design and his many, many words -  those in attendance of his “Yeezus” tour would not leave questioning his heart and passion.
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May 25, 2002
Concentration of talent hurts U.S. universities As a university professor who has taught and sat on numerous admission committees over the past decade at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and currently at the University of London, my own experience is in agreement with the central message of Michael Hill's article on college choices: "What makes a difference ... is what you do at whatever college you attend" ("College choices: All that's Ivy...
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Three years ago, he was a 26-year-old college dropout cleaning carpets at the Social Security complex in Woodlawn. There, toiling away in the wee hours, Jonte Hall vowed to give basketball one last shot. The Harlem Globetrotters are glad he did. On Saturday, Hall will perform with the 'Trotters, the game's celebrated barnstormers, at the Verizon Center in Washington (1 p.m.). Billed as "Too Tall" Hall for his height (5-foot-2), he's the smallest player ever to suit up for the Globetrotters in their 86-year history.
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June 4, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- Industrialist Norton Simon, who amassed a multimillion-dollar conglomerate bearing his name and then relinquished control of it to devote his time to his world-famous art collection, has died at age 86.Mr. Simon, who was stricken 10 years ago with the paralyzing neurological disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome, died in his sleep at his Bel-Air home Wednesday evening, said the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. The cause of death was pneumonia, said Janet Ellis, executive administrative assistant at the museum.
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May 7, 1998
Chatichai Choonhavan,76, a cigar-smoking wine-lover known as Thailand's "no problem" prime minister during the now-collapsed economic boom, died of cancer complications yesterday in Bangkok.Maidie Norman,85, an actress who played a black servant in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" but rewrote her lines to get rid of "old slavery-time talk" and give the role more dignity, died Saturday in San Jose, Calif. She had lung cancer.Dr. Emily Mudd,99, a one-time college dropout who trained to be a landscape architect before becoming a pioneering marriage and family counselor, died Saturday at her home in Haverford, Pa.Natasha Gelman,86, who with her husband, Jacques, amassed a group of 20th-century European paintings and sculptures and who was a friend and patron of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and many other Mexican painters, died Saturday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico, after a long illness.
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December 30, 2004
Music Pop music critic Rashod D. Ollison picks his favorite 10 albums of 2004, ranging from Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose (below) to Jamie Cullum's Twentysomething to Kanye West's College Dropout. Page 18 Trips The Fairfield Inn and Ski Liberty resort are more than enough to draw visitors to the Carroll Valley and neighboring town of Fairfield, Pa. Page 22 Art The exhibit Winter Scene at Baltimoregallery features works with the seasonal theme, but some of the photographs recap highlights of other shows at the gallery, which is coming up on its third anniversary as a photography showplace.
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By Robert Hilburn and Robert Hilburn,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 30, 2005
Pop crossover isn't always a bad thing. The Beatles made music that appealed to people who loved rock and those who had little tolerance for it. Johnny Cash did the same with country music, Bob Marley with reggae and so on down to Kanye West and hip-hop. The rapper-producer's The College Dropout hit pop and rap last year with the impact of a winning three-point basket in the NBA playoffs. Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), the even more ambitious, superbly crafted follow-up due in stores today, could connect even more strongly.
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By RASHOD OLLISON and RASHOD OLLISON,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2004
I'M TALKING to the back of John Legend's head. We're in a car driven by a promotions guy from Columbia Records, the R&B singer's label. John chills in the passenger seat, which cramps my knees in the back. But I say nothing as we pull away from D.C.'s Hotel Helix, where I met the guys. The ride to Howard University's Cramton Auditorium, where John is due for a sound check, is a short one. The Ohio-bred singer-musician, whose blues-suffused voice belies his 25 years, arrived in town barely two hours ago. And he's scheduled to perform at the school's homecoming later tonight.
NEWS
May 25, 2002
Concentration of talent hurts U.S. universities As a university professor who has taught and sat on numerous admission committees over the past decade at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and currently at the University of London, my own experience is in agreement with the central message of Michael Hill's article on college choices: "What makes a difference ... is what you do at whatever college you attend" ("College choices: All that's Ivy...
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 8, 2006
New York-- --Actress Megan Lawrence is wearing a hip pink Indian dress over white cotton pants. Her lips, however, sport retro red lipstick, the same shade as her perfectly manicured nails. Her lips and nails say "Gladys Hotchkiss," the 1950s secretary she portrays in the hit Broadway revival of The Pajama Game. The rest of her getup -- which includes fuzzy animal slippers -- is pure Megan Lawrence. Her husband, also a Broadway actor, describes her as "a college-dropout hippie who made good."
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | February 13, 2005
The 47th Grammy Awards nominations better reflect what kinds of music people actually listened to than in years past. That's a good thing; it proves that the members of the Recording Academy have a pulse. Although Kanye West's impressive debut, College Dropout, didn't get a lot of air play, it refreshed hip-hop and became a double-platinum hit, appearing on numerous best-of-2004 lists. All eyes will be on the Chicago rapper-producer, who leads the pack with 10 nominations. Although predicting winners is always tricky, here are my favorites in this year's major award categories.
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