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August 2-8: 50 Cent Registers As Bone Marrow Donor To Help 11-Year-Old ‘Lion King’ Star

Stop The Presses!

See, hip-hop mogul 50 Cent is a nice guy after all. Justdon't tell his nemeses Rick Ross and Fat Joe.

The tough-guy rapper, who just premiered his new film Twelve last week, recently registered asa bone marrow donor in an effort to help a young actress diagnosed with leukemia.

When 50 Cent heard that 11-year-old Shannon Tavarez needed abone marrow transplant, he and G-Unit member Tony Yayo registered with DKMS andwere added to the Be The Match Registry.

 

Before she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, Tavarezhad a co-starring role as young Nala in the Broadway production of TheLion King.

Tavarez's story made 50 Cent think about his own child. "Myson is just a couple years older than Shannonand I can't imagine if his life was needlessly cut short when there is someoneout there that could save him," the rap star said in a statement.

 

"Shannon's chances offinding a matching donor are slim because she's African American and Dominicanand minorities are underrepresented in the national registry," he added."Everyone, regardless of their race or ethnicity deserves a fair chance atlife. Registering to become a bone marrow donor starts with a cheek swab butit's more than that. It's a commitment to save a life."

DKMS is the largest bone-marrow donor center in the world,with more than 2 million registered donors. To sign up as a bone marrow donorvisit GetSwabbed.org. Registrants have to be 18 to 55 years old and in goodhealth.

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Elsewhere in this week's news, Kanye West gave of hisartistic self releasing a "moving Painting" for his song "Power." In the90-second clip, Kanye is surrounded by Roman and Renaissance iconography that hasprompted various interpretations from fans.

Eminem and Rihanna debutedthe video for their controversial song "Love The Way You Lie," featuring MeganFox and Dominic Monaghan as the convincingly dramatic lead actors. Wyclef Jean confirmedhis bid to run for president of Haitiand was met with opposition, and Katy Perry appeared to be facing a lawsuit forher song "California Gurls.

It's a lot to take in. But we've got you covered. Next weekwill be even better. See you then.

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