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NAMA: Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, actor Saginaw Grant, Williams and Ree & Joseph FireCrow to receive special honors


Hosted by comedian Paul Rodriguez, the 16th annual Native American Music Awards will be packed with an "A list" of entertainers and musicians on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Seneca Allegany Casino. Special honors will be given to Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, actor Saginaw Grant, comedians Williams and Ree, and musician Joseph FireCrow. Special tribute performances will also be held in honor of the late actor and poet, John Trudell, and singer/songwriter Jim Boyd.

The Native American Music Awards will honor and induct Taboo into the NAMA Hall of Fame. His Shoshone ancestry on his maternal side is something he has always remained proud of. In his autobiographical book, "Fallin Up," he wrote about how his Native American grandmother would encourage him to embrace the "warrior spirit" that was forever in his blood.

Growing up in the mean streets of East LA surrounded by poverty, gangs and drugs, Taboo's rise is one of inspiration and admiration. Today, Taboo, or Jimmy Gomez, is an internationally recognized American hip-hop recording artist, actor and DJ best known for his work with the super group The Black Eyed Peas.


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