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Last updated: 20 August, 2010 - Published 15:37 GMT
 
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Ricky Martin
Martin "came out" earlier this year
Fame and sexuality

Latin pop star Ricky Martin's new memoir will be titled "Me".

The autobiography of the Puerto Rican will reveal his early struggles with his music career through to his rise to fame and coming to terms with his sexuality and fatherhood.

The book will be published in hardcover in the United States on 2 November after it was recently acquired by Celebra, a division of Penguin, the publisher said.

Martin has said that preparing to write the book was one of the reasons he decided to reveal earlier this year that he is gay.

He said in a statement that the book was not easy but allowed for an "incredible spiritual journey".

The Spanish version will be titled "Yo," which means I.

New song for Haiti on market

Grammy-winning reggae band Steel Pulse has announced the release of Hold On (4 Haiti), a charity song for Haiti.

The song was written by lead singer David Hinds and was recorded to raise funds for the solar electrification of health clinics for Partners in Health charity in Haiti.

The clinics are located in the remote mountain highlands and do not have access to the electric grid.

Steel Pulse has launched a new website, http://www.holdon4haiti.org, where the song is available for download on a donation basis.

Hinds said : "Because the initial media coverage has waned considerably, we want to revitalize the focus on Haiti's plight.

"We wrote Hold On (4 Haiti) to support the people of Haiti through the work being done by the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and Partners In Health. We've got to make a real difference on the ground - that's what this project is all about."

SELF's executive director, Bob Freling said the song was one of hope.

"This song by Steel Pulse serves as a reminder that we stand with the people of Haiti in solidarity and compassion," added Dr Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health.

Marley T-shirt gets the boot

A Montreal man plans to file a human-rights complaint against an amusement park after security guards told him to cover up his Bob Marley T-shirt or leave the premises.

But the La Ronde park insists it didn't have a problem with the shirt's portrait of the late reggae legend - just the cluster of green, marijuana-shaped leaves that surround it.

Bob Marley
Marley's image adorns many t-shirts

Brunaud Moise alleges they targeted him because he's black.

He told the Canadian Press that security staff singled him out because they associated a black man wearing a Marley shirt with something criminal.

''The link is the association of blackness with deviance,'' said Anthony Morgan, a spokesman for Quebec's Centre for Research-Action on Race Relations, the group representing Moise.

''It's more than unfortunate, it's a violation of his human rights and it's discriminatory, and it shouldn't take place.''

Moise, 32, is seeking moral and punitive damages from the park, as well as reimbursement for two entry tickets and a public apology for himself, his brother and Marley's family.

 
 
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