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Snoop Dogg appears at Nation of Islam convention
Posted 3/1/2009 6:16 PM ET
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 via recorded video.

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Posted 3/1/2009 6:16 PM ET