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Lydia Harris

It was Wednesday, under the sign of Aries. The US president was George W. Bush (Republican). In that special week of March people in US were listening to Candy Shop by 50 Cent. In UK Over And Over by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw was in the top 5 hits. Mughal-E-Azam, directed by K. Asif, was one of the most viewed movies released in 2005 while The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren was one of the best selling books.  The top ten of the US music chart looked like this:

  1. Mario – Let Me Love You
  2. 50 Cent – Candy Shop
  3. Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  4. The Game – Hate It Or Love It
  5. Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone
  6. 50 Cent – Disco Inferno
  7. Frankie J. – Obsession (No Es Amor)
  8. The Game – How We Do
  9. Gwen Stefani – Rich Girl
  10. Usher – Caught Up

Rap record company boss Marion “Suge” Knight was ordered to pay $107m to a woman who claimed she helped found Death Row label in 1989, one of hip-hop’s top labels with artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. Lydia Harris said she invested in Death Row but was pushed out by Mr Knight.

Lydia Harris is considered by some to be be the real life inspiration for the character of “Cookie Lyon” from the hit FOX television show “Empire”.  She came to the arrangement with Suge when her late husband, Michael, was incarcerated and has been touted for her strong business acumen that only accentuates her stronger personality.  She currently operates a soul food restaurant in Houston.

 

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Suge Knight

Things haven’t been as good for Suge since 2005. In a career littered with troubles with the law, Suge was convicted of murder and host of other charges in the summer of 2015.  Reports of his  health failing in prison have been widely circulated. Even with Suge locked up we’ll be reminded of his undeniable presence in 90’s hip hop when the long awaited Tupac Shakur biopic, which is slated to be released in 2017.