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HEAVY D (Omar) was born Dwight Myers in Jamaica, West Indies, and moved with his family to Mt. Vernon, New York, while he was a small child. At the age of eight he began rapping and by his early teens had become a local hip-hop hero. Now considered an enduring icon of the rap and hip-hop world, the three-time Grammy® nominee has sold over four million albums.

Expanding his artistic world, Heavy D has appeared in the Oscar®-nominated feature "The Cider House Rules,” "Life,” "Who's the Man?,” "Big Trouble” and "New Jersey Drive.” He had a recurring role in the television series "Bones” and "Boston Public,” was a regular on "The Tracy Morgan Show” and appeared in "Roc,” "Living Single” and HBO®'s "Tales from the Crypt.” He was nominated for the prestigious Drama Desk Award for his leading role in "Riff Raff,” a one-act play written, directed by and starring Laurence Fishburne. In June 2005, he completed a limited LA run of Tom Cole's play "Medal of Honor Rag” directed by Delroy Lindo, for which he received the NAACP Spirit Award. The reviews of the play were so positive and requests for tickets so numerous, the play reopened for another run in October-November. He will soon appear in the film adaptation of the Broadway smash "Dreamgirls,” slated for release in 2006.

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