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Simmons to Pay $40K a Month in Child Support
By The Associated Press

Russell Simmons is seen with his daughters Aoki (center) and Ming at the recent 40th NAACP Image Awards.

LOS ANGELES - Court records show Russell Simmons has agreed to pay $40,000 a month in child support. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Marjorie Steinberg signed off on an agreement Thursday giving Kimora Lee Simmons sole custody of the couple's two daughters, nine-year-old Ming and six-year-old Aoki. The couple's divorce was finalized in January. Kimora Lee Simmons filed for divorce in March 2008, citing irreconcilable differences.

Russell Simmons, the 51-year-old hip-hop mogul, was granted visitation rights and must pay child support until each daughter reaches 19 and a half years of age.

The 33-year-old Kimora Lee Simmons has final say on whether her daughters appear on her reality TV show "Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane."

A call placed to Russell Simmons' lawyer was forwarded to a recorded message declining to comment.

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JEREMIAH WRIGHT - 'BARACK'S NAME AIN'T JESUS':
Rev. speaks about former mentee during speech in Selma to mark voting rights march.

Rev. Jeremiah WrightPresident Barack Obama's longtime minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, warned the more than 700 people attending his speech in Selma, Alabama that the president is not a savior.

"Barack's name ain't Jesus. Barack ain't gonna improve your child's reading score. There are things we've got to do on our own," he said Thursday, addressing a mass meeting that kicked off the 44th anniversary celebration of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

Speaking in a brief interview with The Associated Press before the speech, Wright smiled at the mention the nation's first black president.

"He's like any other president," Wright said. "He's a politician and he's got to do what politicians do."

Wright's remarks were similar to those he made after his fiery preaching became a campaign issue last year, forcing Obama to distance himself from his longtime pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Obama resigned from Trinity United and, ultimately, cut ties with Wright because of the uproar caused by videotaped snippets of some of Wright's sermons, in which he shouted "God damn America" and accused the government of creating AIDS.

Obama may no longer associate with Wright, but the program for the event featured a picture of the two, smiling together, on the front







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