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Lionel Ritchie hits out at Rap


As Lionel Ritchie prepares to return to Wales as part of his latest UK tour, he talks to Gavin Allen about his career renaissance, his love life and the death of black music

FOR a man synonymous with romantic ballads, Lionel Ritchie hasn’t been particularly lucky in love.

Ritchie started his career writing up-tempo club tunes with The Commodores, but found his niche as a solo artist with the likes of Hello and Endless Love; he is the smoothest of the smoothies.

Ritchie has lost count of the number of times strangers have told him they do the most intimate of things while his music is playing, which is a little too much information for a man who will be 60 in June.

“It’s too much information when it’s a 250lb man saying ‘I have made love to you many times Lionel’,” he chuckles.

“But on the other hand it also makes me nervous when ladies say ‘I’ve had four babies by you’. As long as their last names are not Ritchie I can handle that, but I brought a lot of babies into the world.”

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Collection of African-American Art Donated to University of Alabama


TUSCALOOSA, Alabama. After more than two years of courtship, Paul R. Jones donated his vast collection of African-American art to the University of Alabama. The new stewards of the $4.8 million collection plan to display pieces on campus and loan works to other universities and museums. ”It’s significant beyond measure,” said Robert Olin, dean of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at a news conference Tuesday. “We’ve only begun the possibilities this gift brings.” With more than 1,700 pieces, it is considered one of the largest collections of African-American art,

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