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T.I. to teach at Clark Atlanta University

Atlanta rapper T.I. will soon be adding educator to his resume.

T.I will join hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams at Clark Atlanta University this fall to teach the "Business of Trap Music," news outlets reported.

The course will focus on the origin, culture and business of trap music, according to the university.

T.I., also known as Clifford Harris, said he's excited to work with Atlanta's historically Black colleges and universities, and their "innovative approach" to providing an education "beyond the traditional textbook curriculum."

These schools have been vital in the community "and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institutions," he added.

Trap music is a down South staple. The sub-genre of hip hop is cemented in Atlanta culture and can be seen at T.I.'s "Trap Music Museum," which has become a popular destination for tourists and fans alike, news outlets reported.

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Mike Henry to stop voicing on 'Family Guy'

"Family Guy" voice actor Mike Henry said Friday he is stepping down from the role of Cleveland Brown on the Fox animated series.

Henry wrote on Twitter that he will stop playing the show's main African American character because "persons of color should play characters of color." The 54-year-old voice actor, who is a white man, has voiced the character since the series' debut in 1999.

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Henry had also voiced the Latin maid named Consuela on the series.

His decision comes after voice actors Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell — who are white — pulled out of their roles to recast their biracial characters with someone of color. Slate played the mixed-raced Missy on Netflix's "Big Mouth" and Bell was voiced as Molly on Apple TV Plus's "Central Park."

Adult film star pleads not guilty to 3 rapes

Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth.

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Jeremy, 67, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, entered the plea at his arraignment in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom to three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery.

Jeremy wore an orange jail jumpsuit and face mask inside a glass enclosure where in-custody defendants appear in court.

He was being held in a county jail on $6.6 million bail, a figure a judge declined to reduce Friday. He was told to return to court for a hearing on Aug. 31.

Jeremy previously denied the allegations through his lawyer Stuart Goldfarb. Jeremy was arrested Tuesday and has had an initial court appearance.

Prosecutors allege Jeremy raped a 25-year-old woman at a West Hollywood home in May 2014, sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman in separate incidents at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, and raped a 30-year-old woman at the same bar in July of last year.

Today's birthdays: Actress Nancy Dussault ("Too Close for Comfort") is 84. Singer Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band) is 76. Actor David Alan Grier is 64. Bassist Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra is 51. Actress Monica Potter ("Parenthood," "Boston Legal") is 49. Country singer Cole Swindell is 37. Actor Sean Marquette ("The Goldbergs") is 32.

— The Associated Press


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