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The Religious Affiliation of Rap Singer, Actor
Ja Rule is a popular rap singer who has turned his fame in the music industry into a budding career as a film star. He has appeared in a number of feature films, including: Turn It Up (2000), The Fast and the Furious (2001), Crime Partners 2000 (2001), Half Past Dead (2002), Scary Movie 3 (2003), The Cookout (2004), Back in the Day (2004).
Ja Rule's background in the Jehovah's Witnesses is mentioned in a number of interviews, including an October 31, 2003 interview with MTV (http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1480118/20031031/story.jhtml), in which "Ja Rule and Minister Farrakhan discuss Ja's upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness..."
See also his May 20, 2002 interview with Jet magazine (http://www.findarticles.com/cf_dls/m1355/22_101/87210858/p1/article.jhtml): "The son of Debra Atkins, a single mother who worked in health care and reared her only child as a Jehovah's Witness, Ja Rule grew up knowing that he wanted to be somebody well seen."
From AskMen.com (http://www.askmen.com/toys/interview/13b_ja_rule_interview.html):
Q: Is it true you were raised as a Jehovah's Witness? How was this experience and how has it shaped you as a grown man?
A. Well you know, that is a crazy experience because the religion is so strict, it is very different. I went through a lot of phases and studied many religions... I am spiritual and have whatever relationship with God, you do not need the middlemen."
Webpage created 23 July 2005. Last modified 23 July 2005.
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