50 Cent In
Sen. Barack Obama has The Big O -- that's the omnipotent, omnipresent Oprah Winfrey -- on his side, but it's looks like Sen. Hillary Clinton has a pop-culture A-lister in her corner, too.
50 Cent. (That's F-I-D-D-Y. Not F-I-F-T-Y.Trust us.)
Asked if the multi-platinum selling rapper is endorsing a presidential candidate in this week's issue of Time, 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, said: "No, but I like Hillary. I think she was already our President once."
It's not only the candidates who are campaigning on an early primary calendar. The celebs are, too. In the past few months, a number of Hollywood A-listers have thrown their support (and money) behind the candidates, particularly Democratic front-runners Clinton and Obama. Clinton bagged the endorsement of NBA superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson. But Obama drew the support of Halle Berry, the first African American to win an Oscar for best actress. Clinton has Madonna, who in some circles is a cultural goddess. But Obama's got Morgan Freeman, who has played the role of God. Some celebs simply can't make up their minds. Tom Hanks has given money to both Clinton and Obama.
And with the 50 Cent endorsement going to Clinton, should Obama expect a call from Kanye West? At the moment 50 and West, the country's top-selling rappers, are duking it out on the Billboard charts.
-- Jose Antonio Vargas
Washington Post editors
September 17, 2007; 5:14 PM ET
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