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Diddy, Jay-Z help Katrina victims

Sean ''Diddy" Combs and Jay-Z have pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The two rappers announced their donation yesterday, saying they hoped to inspire others, especially blacks, to give. ''This is our community," Shawn ''Jay-Z" Carter told the Associated Press. ''When I turn on CNN, I see a lot of black people on the streets. I know it's other people, too, but those projects have been hit hard."

Beckford slaps Diddy with lawsuit
Tyson Beckford
has sued companies owned by Sean ''Diddy" Combs, saying his image and likeness were used without his permission to promote a clothing line after his contract expired. In the US District Court-filed lawsuit, seeking $5 million in damages, Beckford said he agreed in May 2004 to be paid $1.2 million to endorse Combs's Sean John brand apparel line and accessories in advertising and promotional campaigns. According to the lawsuit, Beckford was paid $600,000 but Combs reneged on the rest of the payment, even as his company continued to use Beckford's image in its ad campaigns. The lawsuit seeks $5 million in damages.

Hall and Oates postpone concert
Daryl Hall
, diagnosed with Lyme disease earlier this year, has postponed a Labor Day weekend concert in Gilford, N.H., with John Oates. The duo postponed tomorrow's concert at the Meadowbrook Musical Arts Center until next season. Hall needs to spend a few days at home recuperating, ''due to his ongoing battle with Lyme disease," a news release from the center said yesterday.

Baldwin blowin' in the wind
Often called ''the bloviator" by the tabloids for spewing hot air on a variety of topics from politics to the environment, actor Alec Baldwin blew into New York yesterday to announce his support for an offshore wind park being pitched by the Long Island Power Authority. Baldwin has recorded radio spots stressing the need to reduce Long Island's dependence on fossil fuels.

Horse's mouth'She may well triumph as a rider. Until then, let's hope she avoids the facile, disrespectful use of horses as props and fashion statements.' Camille Paglia, opinionated author and social critic, commenting on Madonna's horse-riding accident last month.

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