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MERVIN ANTONIO JENKINS

BORN: July 25, 1972, in Eutawville, S.C.

FAMILY: Chiffon, 38, wife; stepson, Tauren Strickland, 20. Both parents live in Eutawville.

EDUCATION: Benedict College, bachelor's degree in art education; Charleston Southern University, master's degree in education.

CAREER: Taught middle school for five years in Charleston before becoming a Chapel Hill High assistant principal in 2001. Recently took a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools position overseeing minority education, particularly a program known as AVID for promising minority students.

DISCOGRAPHY: As Spectac, Jenkins put out an EP, "Lessons from da Ghetto," in 2003. It broke Billboard's top 100 singles chart. He also has several cuts on compilations and a single, "One Day," featuring rap pioneer Big Daddy Kane.

OUT OF HIP-HOP COMPLETELY? No. Jenkins does motivational speaking at area schools -- often with a DJ -- through a side project called "Life Through Music." He hopes to someday bring in other, younger hip-hop artists. "I've always said you don't want to be the 40-year-old rapper."

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