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Rapper T.I. comeback could be derailed with arrest

After finishing a sentence for weapons charges earlier this year, T.I. was poised to have the comeback of the fall.

The multiplatinum rapper starred in the nation's No. 1 movie, recently married his longtime girlfriend, taped a music special for VH1 and was wrapping up a new album. But after an arrest Wednesday in California, there are questions about whether he's returning to the music charts — or prison.

The Grammy-winning hitmaker, who is on three years of probation, was taken into custody with wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines after police pulled over their Maybach in West Hollywood. They were released on $10,000 bail early Thursday.

While charges have yet to be filed, the case has the potential to put one of music's top names in behind bars yet again.

"We're not making any observations at this time," said Ed Garland, a defense attorney for T.I. "This is an unfortunate occurrence, and we do not know what the outcome will be."

His music label, Atlantic Records, also said it "would be premature to speculate about the current situation given that there is an ongoing investigation of this matter."

Known as the "King of the South," T.I is a top name in hip-hop, and pop. Born as Clifford Harris, he sold millions of albums since his debut and racked up hits like "Whatever You Like" and "U Don't Know Me." He also had top collaborations with artists including Rihanna, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

But his celebrated career was put in jeopardy in 2007 when he was caught trying to buy semiautomatic weapons on the way to a BET Awards show. The Atlanta rapper, who has served time for drug and other offenses, pleaded guilty to weapons charges and served seven months in an Arkansas prison and three months in a halfway house in Georgia.

He was ordered not to commit another federal, state or local crime while on supervised release, or to illegally possess a controlled substance. He was also told to take at least three drug tests after his release and to participate in a drug and alcohol treatment program.

T.I. didn't appear to need government intervention to stay out of trouble. The rapper talked of a new, positive start: He spoke to kids about the dangers of drugs and guns, and former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young was one of his supporters. As he prepared for his most recent sentence, the rapper starred in the MTV reality show, "T.I.'s Road to Redemption: 45 Days to Go."

"Right now, it's all about moving forward and just acknowledging the blessing that are here today. ... Just moving past the regrets of yesterday — the things that could've been done better," T.I. told The Associated Press in July.

After his release, he wasted little time returning to the spotlight. He released new music and was one of the stars of "Takers," a shoot-'em-up about an armored truck robbery that goes bad. He is working on an album, which was slated to come out this year, and last month, he taped a VH1 "Storytellers" performance.

T.I. also married Cottle, the former singer for the 1990s R&B group Xscape; she has found new fame as the star of the BET reality show "Tiny & Toya."

Cottle took to her Twitter on Thursday, thanking fans for support and prayers. "We love u guys:) going 2bed now! So glad 2b n a nice clean bed," she wrote.

A representative for VH1 said it was too early to determine how his arrest might affect the upcoming special. A representative for "Takers" did not immediately return a request for comment.

T.I.'s probation officer has asked him to return to Atlanta, said Don Samuel, one of T.I.'s attorneys. He said it was unclear when T.I. would return to his hometown.

U.S. Attorney Sally Yates, Atlanta's top federal law enforcement official, said she would not speculate on what could happen to Harris. "The probation office is in the process of determining what happened and will make a recoendation regarding Mr. Harris when they have all the facts," she said.

His probation officer can recommend that the terms of the rapper's probation be changed, such as to require that he take more drug counseling classes and undergo more frequent drug tests. Or the officer could ask the judge to revoke the rapper's probation, which was set to end in 2013. That could lead to a prison sentence.

The decision would be made by U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr., who presided over the original case.

Dwight Thomas, another T.I. lawyer, also stressed it was too early to determine the impact of the arrest. "We don't have a full grasp of the facts circumstances. We don't know the violation," he said. "I will remain optimistic until this matter is favorably resolved."

Young, who is an ordained minister, married Harris and Cottle last month in Miami. He said T.I. has made "marvelous progress" and that he is a good father and partner.

He also was skeptical about the charges against the rapper and the circumstances of the arrest.

"I assume that you're innocent until you're proven guilty," Young told The AP in a telephone interview. "If he was driving and smoking marijuana, that is absolutely stupid. But why was he pulled over in the first place? Because he had a Maybach? Because he was black? Because they know who he is and resent his success?"

Young said his advice to Harris has been focused on violence, not drug use.

"We never talked about drugs," Young said, but added: "Maybe I should have."


Associated Press writers Errin Haines, Greg Bluestein and Jonathan Landrum Jr. in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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From the Great Navajo Nation Resounds the Powerful and Soulful Voice of Victoria Blackie -- She brings Back Authenticity to Country Music

Victoria has achieved superstar status on the Native American circuitwith her hot album Wanted Man, and just keeps racking up awards everywhere.The Chicago Tribune called her ”‘the first and only real country artist” to come out of Nashville in years.

(Billboard Publicity Wire) September 20, 2010 -- From the great Navajo Nation comes

Her Voice is "Powerful" with lots of soul, bringing back the feel that Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and the greats have given to country music.Victoria may be a petite5'1" but her voice is powerful and brings back to country music what thought to be lost with the new breed of Pop Country singers.All the country greats might be rolling in their graves but not when it comes to Victoria.Her voice is versatile andhas definitely caught the attention of the where she swept the ISMA Music Awards. She is therecipient of two awards in Best Country and Best Blues categories. Her"Wanted Man"album was produced by Legends Hall Of Fame producer Robert Metzgar from Nashville, Tennessee who is also a nominee as Best Producer in the NAMMYS.

Victoria’s the real deal in country music.She is a nominee in 8 categories in the Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS) for 2010.Today September 18, 2010 the Nammys announced in a one hour interview on theTrailblazers Radio Show -Hosted by Native American Photojournalist and Award-Winning Book Author Vincent Schilling - that Victoria is officially nominated for a NAMMY as Best Debut Artist and Best Country.An emotional teary eyed 21 year old Victoria says on the Trailblazers Radio Show,"I am honored and thrilled at this announcement and no matter the outcome I am honored to be nominated into this program".Victoria will be singing the heart wrenching and patriotic song "Remember America" from her album "Wanted Man", at this years November the 12th in New York.

An Independentartist with great vision she haslaunched this career on a shoe string budget.Her career up to this point has been a family affair. Victoria's parents arethe photographers and Videographers,her aunt Martha A. Chavez herself winner of the Miss Patsy Cline National Contest is nowa prominent vocal coach and entertainer that has been her mentor and manager. Breaking into the market is very difficult and when talent counts for10%the rest depends on expensive marketing strategies and gimmicks.

She and her aunt managerhave carefully pickedresources and you might say her "gimmick" was the Native American image to set her apart from hundreds of hopefuls. In actuality it's no gimmick she is a product of the "Great Navajo Nation"and the Native American Community who have watched her develop and have been privileged to hear her sing to her hearts' content.She continues to depend onsupportive family and friends who encourage her to pursue her dreams .

No she hasn't had the big bucks to have a first class music launch.In todays market unless you win American Idol it's almost nil that you can get the attention of major radio stations.She is counting on her natural talent, a genuine personality that wins peopleshearts,thousands of followers on Facebook and Myspace to take her to the next level.Thank heaven for the worldwide web, you can nowfind Victoria's music on iTunes, Youtube, Amazon and Billboard's artist listing.Ms. Blackie has digital Distribution through CD BABY.

Her song interpretation is one of her strengths and always has audiences wanting more. Victoria has a versatile voice a real crooner when it comes to the blues and heart felt music.One of her highlights was being invited to perform at the 2002 Winter Olympics Ethnic Village in Salt Lake City.Her gifted voice was discovered by many groups andas a resultshe was invited to perform on a 30 day tour to Japan at the age of 13.It was hard for her parents to let her go, but they saw in her eyes the yearning for new horizons that would eventually take her to this point.

Ms. Victor is a favorite in the Intermountain Region.She is one ofNative America's hopefuls and now stands as a shining light to the youth of this country and the world.She is dedicated, hardworking and has a gracious personality. She would like a chance to sing to the world . Her parents have supported Victoria’s dream, taking her to performances, making sure she presented herself well before many crowds. Even though she comes from humble beginnings this has not stopped this powerhouse from reaching her dreams. Remember the name "Victoria Blackie"Country Musics' next"Big Star".


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#yn-upshot-banner img { display:block; width:661px; height:80px; }Mon Sep 20, 5:52 pm ETGaga proposes new law: If you don’t like it, go home

Pop star Lady Gaga told an anti-don't ask rally in Maine this afternoon that the military's ban on gays should be replaced with a ban on soldiers who can't tolerate gay people.

"Doesn't it seem like don't ask don't tell is backwards?" she asked, wearing a full suit, tie, and glasses. "That we're penalizing the wrong soldier?"

"I am here today because I would like to propose a new law. A law that sends home the soldier who has the problem. Our new law is called, 'if you don't' like it, go home.'"

Gaga also asked Republican Sens. Snowe, Collins, and Brown to vote for the repeal before screaming "ARE YOU LISTENING?"

A Pentagon spokesman told the Christian Science-Monitor that they were not paying attention to the rally.

Both Snowe and Collinsin protest of Sen. Harry Reid's decision to not allow any Republican amendments to the legislation.

The eccentric pop star has become a vocal advocate for the repeal, since mobilizing support for it on MTV's Video Music Awards last week.

(Photo: Lady Gaga/AP)

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