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Six degrees

Mark Peters

 

Azealia Banks, the American rapper, is hotly tipped to turn our smoggy grey skies a profane blue next weekend, when she performs at Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s multimedia music extravaganza. The Harlem-born lyricist (right) achieved instant fame and notoriety with her debut single 212, an expletive-laden pop gem that required more than 50 edits just to make it playable on Britain’s postwatershed Radio One. Surprisingly, one of the song’s admirers is the wife of British prime minister David Cameron, Samantha … 

 

Despite mistakenly leaving her daughter behind in a pub after a few Sunday drinks with her husband earlier this year, SamCam still managed to sneak into online gaming site’s Foxy Bingo’s top 10 “Celebrity Mums of the Year”. The mother of three and fashion ambassador for posh Britain still finds time to work as a part-time consultant at luxury stationers Smythson, where she was once the creative director. Through her blue-blood ancestry, Cameron is a descendant of Anne Boleyn … 

 

As the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives, Anne was queen of England for a mere three years before her removal to the Tower of London – the destination du jour for inconvenient monarchs. Arrested on charges of incest, adultery and treason instigated by the king’s chief minister, Thomas Cromwell, she was executed following a trial since recognised as a legal travesty. Anne always maintained her innocence, pleading she had never been unfaithful to the king. She remains an inspiration within popular culture and is referenced in the song Ghost Town by Cat Stevens … 

 

The British singer songwriter changed his name to Yusuf after his conversion to Islam in the late 1970s. Widely honoured for his dedication to promoting peace and his condemnation of terrorism, he successfully sued British newspaper The Sun for libel in 2004, after it voiced its support for him being denied entry into the United States. Stevens donated the considerable out-of-court settlement to help children orphaned by the Indian Ocean tsunami. His former stage moniker is the name given to the French bulldog in Californication, the television series starring the on- and off-screen sex addict David Duchovny …

 

The New York-born 52-year-old won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the hedonistic novelist Hank Moody. Duchovny revealed he had learnt to play the guitar for the show and earlier this year demonstrated his new talent on stage with his new Californication co-star, goth shock rocker Marilyn Manson, covering the Eagles classic Hotel California. The revelation that the actor is dating his former X-Files partner, Gillian Anderson, has sparked mass nerd excitement. Duchovny made his directorial debut with the 2005 movie House of D, featuring the talent of comedic nutball Robin Williams … 

 

The comedian with more manic energy than a bagful of weasels spent his early life battling substance abuse. Now clean, it took the death of his friend John Belushi in 1982 to scare Williams away from the blizzard of cocaine he was hoovering up. “Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down,” Williams says, “I was crazy back then … I needed an excuse not to talk.” One of his many career highlights is the junglethemed children’s movie Jumanji, the title of which was borrowed for a recent song by Azealia Banks.

 

 

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