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Author, performer and self-proclaimed "raptivist" Sister Souljah will cap a month of events with Old Dominion University's Black History Month lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the North Cafeteria of Webb University Center.

Souljah, born Lisa Williamson in 1964, a one-time associate of the rap group Public Enemy, came to national notoriety in 1992 when then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton scolded her in front of a gathering of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition in Washington, D.C.

She is the author of two books, "No Disrespect," (1995) which dealt with the relationship between black men and women, and "The Coldest Winter Ever" (1999), a story of the Brooklyn streets and the daughter of a drug lord.

Of "No Disrespect," Publisher's Weekly said, "This is a memoir of the author's surviving-the-ghetto life and her passionate relationships. Her story of childhood in the Bronx projects, where women on welfare accepted dissolute men as 'rentals,' is chilling."

Souljah is the executive director of Daddy's House Social Programs, a nonprofit operation that helps youths. It is financed mainly by Sean "Puffy" Combs, the popular hip-hop record industry magnate and entrepreneur.

For more information, call Old Dominion's Office of Multicultural Student Services at 683-4406.

This article was posted on: February 21, 2001

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