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Snoop becomes a member of Nation of Islam.

Summary: American rapper Snoop Dogg made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviors Day convention and revealing he is a member of the movement. Snoop, a Grammy Award-nominated rapper, is one

American rapper Snoop Dogg made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviors Day convention and revealing he is a member of the movement. Snoop, a Grammy Award-nominated rapper, is one of several hip-hop stars making appearances at the movement's annual convention in a Chicago suburb.

Wearing sunglasses, a dark suit and a tie, Snoop spoke briefly in front of a crowd of thousands Sunday and praised the movement's Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan has long held relationships with famous rappers and hip-hop artists. Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, gave a $1,000 donation to the Nation, which has espoused black nationalism and fought for black self-reliance and power.

The rapper called himself the "leader of the hip-hop community" and said it was his first Saviors Day event. He told followers that he would share the information he gathered with other musicians.

"When you get a speech from Minister Farrakhan it's about a mirror, it's about looking at yourself," the rapper said.

"It's about seeing yourself and what you can do to better the situation ... We're doing a lot of wrongs among ourselves that need correcting."

When asked if he planned to convert and become a member of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam, Snoop said he already is.

"I'm already in the Nation, that's why I'm here," he said. "I'm an advocate for peace. I've been in the peace movement ever since I've been making music. My whole thing is not about really trying to push my thing on you. It's just about the way I live, and I live how I'm supposed to live as far as doing what's right and representing what's right. That's why I was here today."

He did not elaborate when he had joined the Nation of Islam.

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Publication:Al Arabiya (Saudi Arabia)
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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