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March 29, 2018
Fetty Wap
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International News

PATERSON, New Jersey (AP):

Rapper Fetty Wap handed out gift cards to families at a New Jersey supermarket just in time for Easter.

The Record reports the Paterson native visited his hometown Tuesday for a giveaway at a Price Rite in Center City Mall. Marie Sweeney-Tevis, director of marketing and community relations for Inserra supermarkets, which owns Price Rite, says the organisation was excited for the opportunity.

Fetty Wap, whose real name is Willie Maxwell II, says he's fortunate to be able to help people now considering his upbringing. The rapper posed for pictures with eager fans and joked that he might land a couple Easter dinner invitations.

Fetty Wap is no stranger to giving back. He's donated turkeys for Thanksgiving each year in Paterson since 2015.

The rap star says he'll always support his hometown.

NEW YORK (AP):

Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends.

But this Easter, he'll be a little busy being Jesus Christ in front of millions.

Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC version of the rock opera 'Jesus Christ Superstar' by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

It will be the latest addition to the prime-time line-up of live TV musical remakes that kicked off five years ago with 'The Sound of Music'. While the shows often air at Christmas, this time it made sense for an Easter broadcast of the 47-year-old musical.

"It's an iconic show. It's meant a lot to a lot of people for a long time," Legend said. "You want people who are fans of it already to be excited by our rendition. But then also we want to attract new people to the show, too."