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.
"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."
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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