Luda Day Weekend Charity bowling event

Rap mogul Ludacris and other big names Atlanta stars will be bowling for charity tonight (Thursday, Aug. 28) at Bowlmor Lanes (formerly 300) conveniently located at 2175 Savoy Drive and I-285. The bowling for charity event kicks off Ludacris' Annual Luda Day Weekend with proceeds benefitting the youth of Atlanta through the Ludacris Foundation.

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Ludacris and Roberta Shields

Rap mogul Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and his Ludacris Foundation are always busiest around the holidays. Unlike other foundations that give back only during tax season (I SEE YOU, Jay Z), Luda and his mom, Roberta Shields, give back to the community year round.

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Reggie Bush and Lilit Avagyan

Miami Dolphins star running back Reggie Bush is a lucky man. His pregnant girlfriend, Lilit Avagyan, is not a known groupie, which means her sex tapes will not be leaked to the blogs. Reggie and Lilit hosted the “Fins and Kids” Publix Shopping Spree in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida yesterday.

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Musician and con artist Wyclef Jean thinks he isn't getting enough of the right kind of attention. So he tweeted this pic of his birthday present to himself, a brand new Ducati motorcycle. Jean recently turned 43, just a month after he shut down his Yele Haiti foundation -- after misappropriating $16 million in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Of course we tried to warn donors that Jean is shady, but no one listened. The NY Times wrote an article detailing Jean's massive con scheme to line his own pockets. Diaoly Estimé, who runs an orphanage in Haiti, told reporters, “If I had depended on Yéle, these kids would all be dead by now.”

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Miami HEAT Champion, Dwyane Wade, hosted his first fashion fundraiser last evening in Miami to benefit his Wade's World Foundation. As part of his ongoing commitment to giving back to the South Florida community, A Night on the RunWade included a benefit dinner, live performances and a fashion show featuring clothing from Dsquared2, Versace and The Webster.

Dwyane walked the runway and did a backward somersault to make his catwalk debut. Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning and fellow teammates Chris Bosh and James Jones were in attendance to show their support.

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Scott Van Duzer, 46, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, made headlines when he power lifted President Obama off his feet during a campaign stop on Sunday. Van Duzer, who owns the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Fla., says angry residents are threatening to boycott his pizza shop after he hugged the president during the campaign stop.

“People are saying a lot of bad things and boycotting my restaurant,” Van Duzer told POLITICO.com. “There’s no middle line anymore, and that's exactly what’s wrong with our country right now.”

By now you've all seen the photo of the Republican pizzeria owner bear hugging Mr. Obama. The first thing I thought when I saw the picture was where are the Secret Service? If the photo had not been staged Secret Service agents would've beat him worse than Chris Brown beat Rihanna.

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Former Football Wives star Chanita Foster held a charity concert for her Beyond The Game Foundation at Park Tavern in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the charity will benefit a school built by the foundation in Africa, and to feed children in Africa. Chanita is very civic minded and generous with her wealth and her time. Kudos to her. Celebs in the house included R&B Divas stars KeKe Wyatt, Sylenna Johnson and Nicci Gilbert, RL from the group Next, former reality star Q, Real Houswives of Atlanta star Derek J, music producer Jazze Phae, and more.

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Is there trouble in paradise for Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon? The superstar couple hosted the Project Canvas Charity Event at The Opera Ballroom at Crest in New York City on Friday. But take a look at the photos from the event. If you are a student of body language it is easy to decode Mariah's signals.

Look at the way Mariah is standing next to Nick. It is easy to tell which one is in love with the other more.

Nick's body is pointing toward his love interest, while Mariah stands in every picture as if she is alone.

These images are a perfect example of a woman who has lost interest. Even in the photos where they are standing in close proximity, it still looks like Mariah is in the photo alone. They're heads are not touching and Mariah leans away from her husband.

No part of Mariah's body is pointed toward Nick.

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Musician Swizz Beatz and his wife, singer Alicia Keys bid against each other for a guitar autographed by legendary pop/rock group the Rolling Stones. Afterwards, Alicia bought a penguin drawn by Swizz and the school kids at the Bronx Charter School for the Arts Auction at Marque, in NYC. All proceeds from the auction goes to benefit the school. Don't you love it when overindulged celebrities give back?

Also attending the event were La La Anthony and La La's husband Carmelo Anthony (partially obscured behind Alicia), who has to worry about his team beating the steamrolling Miami Heat in game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs tonight. If the NY Knicks drop game 3, they will go down in NBA history as the only team to lose 13 consecutive games in the playoffs.

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Actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie enjoyed a Sunday afternoon walk with 3 of her multicultural brood in New Orleans. Zahara wore blue weave extension braids in her hair. Angelina's dependency on hair weave in favor of combing Zahara's tight curls sparked controversy last year.

"If Angelina wants Zahara to be in touch with her roots and have her hair braided then she can do that with the child’s own hair and she doesn’t need to add extensions,” celebrity groomer DaRico Jackson told RadarOnline.com.

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The Internet is buzzing about Kim Kardashian's generous $200,000 "donation" to charity, which is supposedly double the value of the wedding gifts she received.

But anyone who runs a business knows that charitable donations can be deducted from your income tax. So she really didn't lose a penny.

Kardashian's soon-to-be ex-husband, NBA star Kris Humphries, says Kim's charitable donation is not good enough. He thinks she should give the gifts back too. Humphries was duped by Kim into marrying her for a made-for-TV wedding. The marriage ended 72 days later -- after the taping of her reality show wrapped.

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Last night, rapper T.I. (above left), his wife Tiny (far right) and his family gave back to the community at the Carrie Steele-Pitts Center in Atlanta. To kick the night off, the family acted out a play that was written by T.I.'s oldest son Messiah, 11. The whole family donned full troll costumes, and after the play T.I. changed into a Santa Clause outfit and passed out toys to the children.

The elaborate troll costumes were Messiah's idea. He is pictured above with his beautiful mom, @LashonDixon, who is also mom to rapper Domani Harris, 10. All of the Harris children participated in the play! Gifts were handed out to the excited neighborhood children after the play. The gifts included toys, clothes, jackets, shoes, backpacks that were purchased by T.I., his K.I.N.G. Foundation and his record label Grand Hustle.

Tiny Harris and son, Major, 3. She was dressed as Queen of the Trolls. See more pics after the break, and on ExclusiveAccess.net!

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Last week, Justin Bieber made headlines everywhere for donating $100,000 to a high-poverty school in Las Vegas. But the real story is not Justin's benevolence (although it's noteworthy), the real story is the woman behind the school -- and how that check might not have found it's way into the school's coffers were it not for her.

In a segment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, scheduled to air on Jan. 4, 2012, Bieber is shown handing a $100,000 check to Whitney Elementary School Principal Sherrie Gahn. In addition to donating the money, Bieber also performed for the kids and handed out Christmas presents.

Reporter Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post notes that 85% of the students attending Whitney Elementary live at or below the poverty level. "Many live in houses without heat, electricity and running water," she writes. But the students' standardized test scores have gone up significantly since Sherrie Gahn has been the principal there.

She arrived at Whitney about eight years ago and promised Whitney parents that she would help them with their bills — and even help pay college tuition for any students who went — if they would work with her to raise children “of character.”

Here’s what she told Ellen DeGeneres that she told parents: “I’ll pay your electrical bill, your utilities, I’ll give you food or clothes, whatever you need, as long as you give me your child and then help raise that child as a person of character.”

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Last week we heard that embattled porno star Kim Kardashian was in Haiti to join in humanitarian efforts and to repair her damaged image. Yet we saw no pics of Kim roughing it in Haiti as we did with talk show maven Oprah who's also on the storm torn island.

Finally, a photo of Kim Kardashian in Haiti has emerged.

According to the Huffington Post, Kim and her mother/manager, Kris Jenner (far left), traveled with their friends, including Maria Bello, (2nd from right) and actress Patricia Arquette (far right), "to experience the Haiti that Maria has come to know and love through her organization, We Advance."

In a letter published on weadvance.org, Kim writes:

We came to celebrate the thousands of Haitian women who are working tirelessly every day to bring economic and social justice to all people in Haiti. So to them we say: we are humbled and moved to have been with you and to tell the world about your grace. We are proud to tell the world your stories.

The mission statement of We Advance is, "We are stronger together than we are alone."

We are grateful to partner with such amazing women and to have been on this journey together.

Please join the journey: weadvance.org.

Meanwhile, Kim's younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, is settling in after traveling to Dallas, Texas with her hubby, Lamar Odom. Khoe tweeted a pic of her hubby in his crisp white Dallas Mavericks uniform today.

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Adoptive mother Sandra Bullock should be commended for taking little Louis Bardo to the park. Most wealthy adoptive mothers let their nannies take the youngsters to the park so they don't have to hear the shrieking and crying when it's time to leave.

Oprah Winfrey, whose failing OWN Network is hemorrhaging money, held hands with actor Sean Penn at a refugee camp in Haiti earlier today. The talk show queen is in storm ravaged Haiti filming a TV special highlighting the humanitarian efforts by celebrities such as Sean Penn. His non-profit organization provides assistance to people displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Another narcissist who is in Haiti is Kim Kardashian. But it isn't clear if Kim made it past the airport. We haven't seen a single picture of her in Haiti. Hopefully, Oprah will have some footage of Kim getting hands on in Haiti, and if she really wants to score points, she will talk about how Wyclef Jean stole over $1 million in donations for his own benefit.

Photos: Splash News and INF PHOTO

Singer Akon joined his mother Ms. Kine, President of Akon's Konfidence Foundation to distribute 300 holiday turkeys to Atlanta families in need in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs Of Metro Atlanta yesterday.

Singers Justin Bieber, 17, and Usher, 33, performed this morning on NBC's "Today" in the TODAY Plaza in New York City. Justin is still struggling with his post-puberty voice change. But his fans don't seem to care about his voice.

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Singer Akon just tweeted this pic of himself giving back to his community here in Atlanta. He tweeted, "Feels good to feed 500 families this year for Thanksgiving. Thanks to the YMCA Lakewood for their support!"

Meanwhile, 10,000 people In South Los Angeles are expected to benefit from the 23rd annual Turkey Dinner Giveaway by the Jackson Limousine Service being held today.

Basketball Wives cast member Jennifer Williams, rapper Jim Jones and TV personality Al Reynolds got into the holiday spirit yesterday. The trio attended the 2011 turkey drive at Ricardo's Steak House in Harlem where they handed out 5,000 turkeys to needy families.

Meanwhile, Jones spoke with TMZ yesterday about the scripted fight that occurred between his baby mama, Chrissy Lampkin, and Juelz Santana's baby mama, Kimbella Vanderhee, on Love & Hip Hop.

Jones told TMZ that he spoke with his best friend after the fight, and smoothed things over with him.

Jones said,

"I wish that it wouldn't have happened, but things happen." He added, "I spoke to my brother about it, we cool. Shout to my lady Chrissy. It's all good."

Photos: Wireimage.com

Celebrity blogger Tami of Talkingwithtami.com got the chance to interview R&B Diva Monica at Sam's Club on Clairmont Rd in Atlanta yesterday.

Monica was there to give back to those less fortunate by participating in a meet & greet during the store's annual “A taste for you” event that is also held simultaneously at Sam's Club stores nationwide. Customers were invited to meet Monica and to sample a variety of gourmet holiday foods.

Sam’s club also donated $1 million dollars to support child hunger programs through Feeding Americal, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity. Atlanta Community Food Bank received $75,000 from Sam's Club.

After signing autographs, Monica took pictures with Sam's Club staff, including store Manager, Mike Jones, and her mom, Rev. Marilyn Best!

According to Tami, Monica became involved in the efforts to help raise awareness of child hunger after Mo discovered one of her sons sneaking food out of the house to feed a hungry classmate.

Visit Tami's blog HERE to read the interview!

Alicia Keys and musician Swizz Beatz attended the Keep A Child Alive's 8th annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom last night in New York City. It's just a matter of time.
Photos: Splash News Online

Media personality La La Anthony, who attended the ball with husband, Carmelo Anthony, looked like something was weighing heavily on her mind.

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Beyonce's sister Solange Knowles was among the well-heeled celebs attending Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research's Angel Ball 2011 at Cipriani on Wall Street last night in NYC. Solange looked like an Angel herself in a pearl white, one sleeved frock. Solange also rocked her custom made lacefront afro wig that Diana Ross would be proud of.


Solange attended the Ball with her mom Tina, who most likely designed her stunning dress.

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Three of Michael Jackson's siblings were no-shows at his "Forever Michael" Tribute concert in England over the weekend.

Pop star Janet Jackson and her brothers, Randy and Jermaine Jackson, decided not to attend the tribute concert because they considered it inappropriate to hold the concert while the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial was still ongoing in Los Angeles.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Janet, 45, said "Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me," her statement reads.

Her older brothers Randy, 49, and Jermaine, aka Muhammed Abdul Aziz, 56, released a joint statement on the day the concert was announced:

"There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael," the brothers' statement read. "But we feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name."

According to ABC News, there is also criticism that the Jackson family is keeping some of the money that's supposed to be earmarked for charities. There are rumors that this is the reason several A-list celebrities pulled out of the concert.

Watch the video after the break.

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The BET Hip Hop Awards weekend kicked off last night with ASCAP's Legends Ball held at the W Hotel in Atlanta, honoring the music legends who have given back to the Atlanta community. ASCAP Rhythm & Soul and Ford & Lincoln Motor company brought together the brightest minds in music and charity for a night of conversation and music at the wonderful W Hotel in Atlanta.

Photos by ExclusiveAccess.net

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First lady Michelle Obama was featured prominently in ABC network's promotional Tv ads for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" season premiere which aired last night.

Most viewers who watched the TV commercials had no idea that Rihanna would be on the show because she was left out of the TV ads. In fact, the network did promote Rihanna's appearance as a "surprise guest" on blogs and in print media, but not in commercial spots that featured the first lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama simply wasn't interested in sharing screen time with a public drunken mess like Rihanna.

The Bajan singer, who once famously said, "I'm a rock star, not a role model!," wasn't actually on hand to help build a new house for needy families. Instead, she held a meet and greet with the families and a woman's veteran's group backstage at one of her concert stops (see video).

There's no doubt that Rihanna's public drunkenness has become a major cause for concern. Yesterday on Twitter.com, Rihanna lashed out at others who accused her of being a drug addict. But it appears that she Rihanna was worrying about the wrong thing. She failed to address her alcoholism which has become the talk of industry.

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Yesterday, Nike announced the release of 1,500 limited edition pairs of Nike MAGS, the futuristic trainers that Marty McFly wore in the hit 1989 film 'Back to the Future'.

According to Nicekicks.com owner Matt Halfhill, who was flown out to LA for the shoe unveiling Thursday, the cartoonish trainers comes with a battery pack and the Nike logo lights up like the ones in the movie. But unlike the movie version, the shoes are not self lacing.

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Rising Pop Star, E.B. Wright, daughter of the late west coast rap legend, Eazy-E, celebrated the release of her debut single, "What I Wanna Do" and her late father's birthday at Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood, CA today. Eazy-E would have turned 47 years old today.

In addition to the launch of her new single, E.B. Wright will be creating a signature shake in honor of her late father on his birthday. Proceeds from E.B. Wright's signature shake will benefit non-profit organization, A Place Called Home.

"What I Wanna Do" will be available to download on iTunes today at 6PM PDT (9PM EST).

You can listen to a snippet of the song below:

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On Saturday Ludacris held his annual private dinner at his Straits restaurant as part of his LudaDay Weekend of festivities. Accompanying him was singer Ciara who dined with singers Estelle and Letoya Luckett; actor Lance Gross and reality tv personalities Meeka Claxton, Tika Sumpter, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and random NBA Players. Photo courtesy of Tami of Talkingwithtami.com blog. Visit her blog for more pics!

Ludacris and his fiancee Fab partied at Mansion Elan in Atlanta on Friday night. The party was packed to capacity and it was one of the many events featured as part of his LudaDay Weekend festivities.

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Ludacris stopped by the 11Alive studio to fill 11Alive viewers in on this year's LudaDay Weekend from Sept. 1-5th. Ludacris says this LudaDay weekend will be the biggest of the past 10 years.

The most anticipated event is probably the celebrity basketball game featuring NBA stars Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, in addition to other local celebs. Luda's team will take on Justin Beiber and his crew. Luda jokingly calls Bieber his "mentor" who he goes to for advice on women. Even so, Luda says he's definitely not going to let Bieber win the game.

Tickets are $10 and the proceeds will benefit the Ludacris Foundation. Visit DTPrecords.com for a full schedule of this weekend's events.

If you're planning on attending the LudaDay weekend events, you will have to contend with near gridlock traffic in downtown Atlanta. Not only is this Gay Pride weekend, but there will be other conventions and professional sporting events competing for spectators this weekend as well.

Singer Keyshia Cole and her hubby, NBA star Daniel "Booby" Gibson, took time out of their busy schedules to give back to others at Villa Tower City in Cleveland, Ohio today. Keyshia and Booby handed out school supplies and signed autographs for the children who also received free hair cuts.

The singer whose Twitter handle is @KeyshiaCole tweeted:

Up getting hair done. Me and the hubby going to give out some backpacks and school supply's for these wonder kids!

One of Keyshia's followers @B_quiet84 tweeted these pics from the event today. Keyshia and Booby are currently shooting their new reality Tv series with her mom Frankie Lons. The show will include scenes from their upcoming vows renewal ceremony.

The couple were married earlier this year in Las Vegas. Kudos to them!

Michael Jackson is rolling over in his grave. His 3 children who all led sheltered lives until his untimely death in 2009 are walking red carpets and being exploited all in the name of charity. Michael's mother, Katherine, his sister, La Toya Jackson, and his children, Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson and Blanket Jackson, attended the Jackson Family Art Donation Event at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles yesterday (August 8, 2011).

Paris Jackson, 13, has the most gorgeous blue eyes. I see modeling in her future. By the way, her Twitter page is @pariisjaxn, and she is a trip.

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