Teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow (real name: Shad Moss) will kick off a summer tour July 25 in Memphis. At deadline, 11 dates for the trek have been confirmed but more shows will be added, according to a s

Teenage rapper Lil' Bow Wow (real name: Shad Moss) will kick off a summer tour July 25 in Memphis. At deadline, 11 dates for the trek have been confirmed but more shows will be added, according to a statement from the artist's label, So So Def/Columbia. The outing has been dubbed the Scream 2 tour, as it is the follow-up to last summer's Scream trek.

The tour comes in support of Lil' Bow Wow's sophomore album, "Doggy Bag," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 11 on The Billboard 200. His 2000 So So Def/Columbia debut, "Beware of Dog," bowed at No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and No. 8 on The Billboard 200.

In other news, the 15-year-old rapper will headline a celebration for honor students today (April 22) at Southern University-Shreveport (La.) and invited three local school districts to bus students to the university for the show. However, two districts have refused to allow students to attend the event, sponsored by local radio outlet KMJJ.

Robert Schiller, Caddo Parish schools superintendent, said that "to endorse commercially sponsored activities during the school days" is inconsistent with discipline policies and would set a precedent. An official for another parish said the students would not be excused for the show because they had too little notice.

KMJJ program director Michael Tee said principals and the parish school board approved the event and award, knowing that the station was the sponsor. Lil' Bow Wow will give a brief talk about staying in school and saying no to drugs.

Finally, Lil' Bow Wow will make his feature film debut in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film "Like Mike." Due July 12 in North American theaters, the film finds the rapper starring as an orphan who finds sneakers that were "allegedly" worn by basketball legend Michael Jordan. By wearing them, he becomes an extraordinary player and the youngest ever to go pro. The film also features professional basketball stars Jason Kidd, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Webber, Tracy McGrady, David Robinson, and Rasheed Wallace.

Here are Lil' Bow Wow's confirmed tour dates:

July 25: Memphis (Mid-South Coliseum)
July 26: Nashville (Nashville Municipal)
July 27: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
July 28: Greenville, S.C. (Greenville Coliseum)
Aug. 1: Charlotte, N.C. (Cricket Arena)
Aug. 2: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
Aug. 3: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Aug. 4: Hampton, Va. (Hampton Coliseum)
Aug. 30: Los Angeles (the Forum)
Aug. 31: Concord, Calif. (Concord Pavilion)
Sept. 1: San Jose, Calif. (Compaq Center)


-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y. & AP



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