August 16, 2012

By Jennifer Bihm

Assistant Editor


Hundreds of people braved the sweltering heat Saturday for a chance to get a glimpse at celebs like Nick Cannon, New Boyz, and the Wonder Broz, and to score much needed school supplies at the third annual NCredible Entertainment/ Home Depot back to school concert and giveaway, held at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The crowd remained enthusiastic despite 90 something degree weather as they enjoyed performances and waited for backpacks and raffle prizes. Cannon, NCredible owner and event host credits his own school challenges as his inspiration.


“I was an underprivileged youth who didn’t always get an opportunity to [get everything I needed],” he said.


“During those low times when someone did give back, it meant a lot to me. [And], I’ve always believed to whom much is given, much is expected.”


Because, he said, every first day of school is memorable. It’s a day for putting “your fresh gear” together and getting focused on the year ahead. But for some, being able to come to class with basics like paper and pencil is often a struggle.


Not being prepared for school can often affect self-esteem, can cause students to fall behind in school and can cause frustration with the whole school experience. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, being poor can also contribute to behavioral problems and affect mental health.


“Research is clear that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being,” they said.


Students who got an orange wristband Saturday won’t have to be unprepared, as they got Jansport brand backpacks filled with a variety of quality notebooks and folders. Those lucky enough to get winning raffle tickets received high-end prizes like shoes and some of the latest technological gadgets. As the day wore on, smaller prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets were randomly distributed.


“It’s fellowship,” said Cannon, describing the event.


“It’s a positive thing where people can come out and congregate together in a safe environment.”


Concert performers also included up and coming artists Forever and The Rangers.

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August 09, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Green Mile” star Michael Clarke Duncan remains hospitalized in Los Angeles more than three weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Publicist Joy Fehily said in a brief email statement Monday that the 54-year-old actor “was just moved from the intensive care unit, but remains hospitalized” following his July 13 heart attack.

“His family are firm believers in the power of prayer and have asked that you keep him in yours during this time,” the statement said. No further information was available on Duncan’s condition.

Besides “The Green Mile,” the actor’s film credits include “The Scorpion King,” “Armageddon,” “Breakfast of Champions,” “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Sin City.”

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August 09, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Hart isn’t just the host of next month’s MTV Video Music Awards, he’s also part of Hollywood's hottest new couple.

The comedian stars alongside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in a video posted Wednesday on MTV’s website. Hart tells the pair he’s hosting the VMA show and that paparazzi are trying to get a look at “the new ‘it’ couple,” adding, “I’m talking about Kev-Ye-Kim.”

The video shows a casually clad Kardashian and West, who is up for two Video Music Awards, lounging on the end of a bed.

The MTV Video Music Awards will be presented Sept. 6 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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August 09, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder is ending his 11-year marriage to fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.

The 62-year-old musician cites irreconcilable differences in papers filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court. He filed the documents under his real name, Stevland Morris.

Wonder and Millard were married Sept. 1, 2001. According to court documents, they separated in October 2009. They have two sons, 10-year-old Kailand and 7-year-old Mandla. Wonder is seeking joint legal and physical custody of the two boys and agrees to pay spousal support to his former wife.

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August 09, 2012

By JOHN CARUCCI | Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP) — Pounding out the details of his personal life on a Broadway stage doesn’t seem to faze Mike Tyson. The former heavyweight champ says that’s what’s used to doing, “and at least now I don’t have to go to hospital every time.”

The 46-year old Tyson is appearing in the one-man show, “Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth.” Directed by Spike Lee, the nearly two-hour show chronicles Tyson’s life from childhood and his early boxing career to his public divorce from Robin Givens and his time spent in prison. He even talks about an incident with Brad Pitt.

“I’m just joking and stuff. I’m not mad at anyone. I hope he gives me a damn job,” Tyson said when asked about the incident. The boxer spoke to The Associated Press Thursday, the same day as the show’s opening.

Lee chimed in: “He asked for a job.”

Lee, famous for chronicling stories about Brooklyn in such films as “Crooklyn,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” and the upcoming “Red Hook Summer,” feels this work adds nicely to collection.

“You can’t get more Brooklyn than Mike Tyson. And if you remember the film, ‘Do the Right Thing,’ the great Robin Harris (playing Sweet Dick Willie) had many references to Mike. And the side of Sal’s Famous Pizzeria we painted a mural, Brooklyn’s Finest: Mike Tyson, so this is history,” Lee said.

While Tyson’s life has been tumultuous at times, the boxer says he can deal with telling intimate details to a room full of strangers simply because “it’s a job to be done.”

“Even though it’s real, it’s not real. It’s an illusion,” Tyson says.

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