Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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Queen Latifah for president?

Rapper-turned-actor Common is ready for a queen to be president.

"Hey Queen La, would you please be our president?" Common said Monday during VH1's Hip Hop Honors in New York.

The live show, which returned from a six-year hiatus, celebrated rappers Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa and Lil' Kim. Common paid tribute to Latifah and female activists, including Diamond Reynolds, who streamed the aftermath of a Minnesota police officer fatally shooting her boyfriend, Philando Castile, on Facebook last week.

On Tuesday, Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan apologized for flubbing the words to the late Notorious B.I.G. classic "Get Money" at the event.

And he went big for his mea culpa. Quan's live performance with Lil' Kim on Monday night set off some on Twitter, including criticism that a rapper from Smalls' Brooklyn wasn't chosen to perform it instead.

"I assure you that I never intended to disrespect the memory of Biggie Smalls," Quan said in an email released by a spokeswoman.

Tennis event honoring Ashe will showcase new roof * The new retractable roof at the U.S. Open will see its first major action during Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, as Flo Rida, Troye Sivan and others join defending men's champion Novak Djokovic and former champ Rafael Nadal for music, tennis and other child-friendly activities, in Flushing, N.Y.

The annual event, which pays tribute to the late tennis great, is set for Aug. 27 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, two days before the start of the U.S. Open. Ashe, who died in 1993, attended Sumner High in St. Louis his senior year in 1960-61.

Actor Joey Bragg, singer Jordan Fisher and singer-actress Laura Marano will host the festivities. Forever in Your Mind are slated to perform. ABC will air the event the following day.

Camil, Marroquin make Broadway history * Jaime Camil and Bianca Marroquin made history Monday night in "Chicago" as the first two Mexican-born actors to lead the Broadway cast in New York. …

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