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Now this is a group effort. More than 100 celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Scarlett Johansson, Susan Sarandon and Nicki Minaj signed an open letter that rap mogul Russell Simmons and other civil-rights leaders sent to President Barack Obama on Tuesday urging him to reform the nation's drug laws. The missive, posted on globalgrind.com finds the coalition of entertainers lobbying for an end to the draconian laws and prison sentences that have resulted in more than 2.3 million citizens behind bars—not to mention one in every 15 African-American men—while failing to stem the availability of illegal drugs in the United States. "It is critical that we change both the way »

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