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The year of library closures rumbles on. Despite local protests, five libraries in Lewisham, south London, closed down in May. Residents had been graciously allowed to meet chaps from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for discussions, but they might as well have talked to themselves. Last Friday, Gloucestershire locals won a High Court injunction to halt the closure of their libraries, but 393 more are still under threat.

50 Cent turns new leaf with children's book

He rose to fame with graphic songs detailing the drug use, shoot-outs and violence of his "thug life". Now 50 Cent has turned a new leaf by writing a children's book designed to discourage bullying. The rapper, 35, who began dealing crack aged 12, will publish Playground, a semi-autobiographical story next January.

Aziz Ansari, Soho Theatre, London

A superstar in the making – even if he does shoot puppies

Plan B: Smooth operator

Plan B made his name as a rapper, then topped the charts as a snappily dressed soul singer. Now he's making his directorial debut with a hip-hop movie. Charlotte Cripps meets an urban polymath

50 Cent album '80 per cent' complete

50 Cent has completed "80 per cent" of his new album.

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That fine actor David Suchet has complained to The Stage newspaper that the use of the word "luvvie" to describe him and his fellow air-kissing thesps is "the worst thing that ever happened to our profession". Frankly, I thought swingeing cuts to the arts budget, or perhaps Michael Bay, might be considered more damaging to the actor's cause than a word that Wikipedia categorises as an "affectionate term" (and which I presumed had fallen out of usage in about 1976). But Suchet, currently appearing in Arthur Miller's All My Sons in the West End, is adamant: "The role of an actor in America, eastern Europe and western Europe – everywhere apart from this country – is considered a very serious job and a very necessary function. Here we are just luvvies, which is a great shame." Martin Brown, assistant general secretary of the actors union Equity, told our reporter that a number of notable performers have come to him in the past, terribly concerned by the prevalence of the term. Haven't they better things to do? Their make-up, maybe?

50 Cent, Wembley Arena, London

It's obvious that 50 Cent is so rich he doesn't have to bother with producing a show that goes beyond the usual pyrotechnics, a generous donation of his clothing to the crowd (including a leather jacket, destined for eBay) and a quality beginning, middle and end. But you wish he would; 50's music might be lyrically dire, but the production is usually enticing. Playing with the arrangements and taking a few more creative risks could have worked in his favour – if only to prove his four albums haven't been in vain.

50 Cent: 'I still have passion for music'

The former drug-dealer rapper has become a film writer and actor, author, and clothing, drinks, and property magnate. But, he says...

Woman sues 50 Cent over homemade sex video

A US woman sued rapper 50 Cent in New York City, claiming he unlawfully distributed her homemade sex video over the internet after editing himself into it as a wig-wearing narrator.

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The Word On... 50 Cent, Before I Self Destruct

"50 has said all this before, often better, and while this probably won't put off his legion of fans, at best 'Before I Self Destruct' is merely familiar, and at worst it's difficult to shake the sensation of diminishing returns." - Louis Pattison, bbc.co.uk/music

From 'hood to boardroom: Would you take career advice from George Bush and 50 Cent?

Get Motivated!" is plastered in large yellow letters at the top of a garishly-designed website. Below this powerful call to arms are various toothy mug shots of motivational speakers. They are all due to appear at a forthcoming seminar for businessmen in Fort Worth, Texas. A sports star here, a bestselling author there, and...hang on – didn't that guy used to be President?

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