Last night Diageo powered by Samsung Kicked off the BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend with a Live performance by rappers 2 Chainz (pictured above), Jermaine Dupri and and the world’s greatest entertainer Doug E Fresh. DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon were on the wheels.
Actor Thomas Mikal Ford, aka Tommy Ford, responded to reports that his baby mama, Vanessa Simmons, filed a restraining order against him. In a statement sent to media outlets and blogs (including Sandrarose.com), Ford thanked the “thousands of family members, friends and fans” who sent him messages of support after Sandrarose.com broke the story earlier this week.
Married life must not be agreeing with Nick Gordon, whose wife is Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Gordon was charged with DUI after he was involved in a single car wreck in Roswell, a suburb just north of Atlanta.
There was a run on grocery stores last night as word spread that an Ebola patient was being flown from Liberia to Emory Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. Atlantans stocked up on the basic staples: water, milk and bread as concern grew to panic.
A woman was shot by carjackers who stole her Chevy Camaro sports car outside her gated Sandy Springs community on Wednesday night, Channel 2 Action News reports. Police recovered the stolen car on Roswell Road and impounded the vehicle.
Israr Shah said an armed gunman approached him and his wife, Monique Lassiter, outside of their apartment at the Lodge Apartments on Roswell Road.
“All of the sudden this guy came with a bandana on his face holding a gun,” Shah told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik. “He asked us to get on the floor.”
Atlanta rapper Yung Joc regrets making Forbes’ Richest Rappers list. Yung Joc, whose real name is Jasiel Robinson, was an up-and-coming rapper with a regional hit titled “It’s Goin Down” when he signed to Sean Combs‘ Bad Boy Records in 2006. Bad Boy released Joc’s debut album New Joc City which shot to #3 on the Billboard charts. Forbes took note of the young rapper’s success. In 2006 Joc was ranked #20 on the Forbes’ Richest Rappers list with an approximate personal wealth of $10 million. That’s when, Joc says, his friends and family started counting his money for him. “It made people really upset,” Joc said.
Atlanta police have arrested the SUV driver who pursued and ran over a 50-year-old cyclist on June 9 in the Morningside area. Gregory Thomas Germani, who created the popular Atlanta Time Machine website, was found wedged under a silver SUV on Flagler Avenue after being run over by a red Dodge Nitro SUV that fled the scene. Germani spent weeks at Grady hospital in intensive care before being released to a rehab facility.
Joseph Alan Lewis, 19, was arrested late Wednesday and booked into the Fulton County jail. He will appear before a magistrate judge at 11 a.m. Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
A Crime Stoppers reward fund raised nearly $18,000. Police say a tip called into Crime Stoppers led them to Lewis’ red Dodge Nitro.