At Your Service! LL Cool J, Chris Paul Play Waiter at Charity Fundraiser


Imagine LL Cool J giving a rundown on the dinner specials while doing his signature lip lick. And asking what you wanted to order?

This Zane-like fantasy became a reality (in a PG-13 kind of way) when the Doin’ It rapper played waiter at Chris Paul’s Celebrity Server dinner to raise money for his family foundation Sunday.

LL Cool J wasn’t the only celeb to don a waiter jacket. Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix suited up for the LA Clipper’s cause. LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers took orders from host Chris Paul for a change.

Speaking of delegating like a boss. Chris was doing just that during a pre-game server session, on the proper way to pour wine.


For what not to do refer to former baller Sam Cassell.

ItsJustDifferent…. @mastrosofficial @llcoolj @cp3 @rachel_nichols #cp3serves

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ET co-host Kevin Frazier emceed the charity dinner while his colleague Nischelle Turner waited tables.

Attendees also got an added treat when Chris Paul and LL Cool J played an impromptu lip sync battle of Snoop’s Gin & Juice.

The Chris Paul Family Foundation “provides resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities.”

How Beyonce and Nicki Minaj Made Tidal Concert Teaching Moment



Hey Fam, how many of you were lucky enough to get the golden ticket to the Tidal X: 1015 concert at Barclays last night?

If so, I’m super jelly you got to be in the same room as Common, Alicia Keys, Tip, Lauryn Hill, Emeli Sande, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj as they performed one hit after another for the benefit concert–all proceeds going towards The Robin Hood Foundation that aims to combat impoverished communities, including education.

As you can see I was catching major FOMO. But I had Alec Baldwin on SNL to give me a laugh, and Instagram posts to keep me in the loop on the most lit moments of the Tidal concert.

For me it was the candid non-PC ones. Let’s call ’em teachable moments from our Queens.

Let’s start with our fave demented Barbie: Nicki Minaj. She stormed on the stage with the illest’tude (Was her ex Safaree backstage?) demanding dudes put their egos in check and appreciate what smart women bring to the table.

“If you a champion female in the mutha fuckin’ building, can’t no weak ass mutha fuckin’ clown ass n****s bring you mutha fuckin’ down. Because you n****s so fuckin’ weak.”

Here’s where the Anaconda rapper’s rant  really gains steam.

“You dare be intimidated by a bad mutha fuckin’ queen? Get your feelings mutha fuckin’ feelings hurt. It’s mutha fuckin’ ok because Barack needed a Michelle, bitch and Bill needed a mutha fuckin’ Hillary, bitch.

“You betta pray to God you don’t get stuck with a mutha fuckin Melania. You n****s want brainless bitches?” Nicki added.


Yup, she went in.

On another note–after lighting up the stage with her savagery– Beyonce capped off the concert with an impromptu speech about the importance of voting in this joke of a presidential race.


Bey makes a convincing case. After all our folk did die for this right. We must exercise it.

So, guys were you entertained and elevated?



RIP Dawg! Tommy Ford’s Legacy of Youth Service


It’s nearly 24 hours since learning Martin’s Tommy Ford has been taken off life support (result of suffering from a stomach aneurysm) and it still feels surreal.

It was a punch in the gut to find out he was on life support, but when he passed…

…Nawwww, Dawg.

Well, even though Martin’s sidekick died to soon to know how he got the draws or if he really had a job (who are we kidding? He ain’t have a job), the actor left behind more than a sea of smiling faces.

The Cali boy loved the kids like Marti Mart. He spent the last few months of his life mentoring the youth. In fact, his last film project was a documentary–it premiered at the American Black Film Festival in June–about bullying in the Black community that featured young kids.

He even arranged for the kids to create a PSA related to the doc and held a panel chat with LGBTQ youth.

Be sure to check out Through the Lens on Aspire TV this month.

A quick skim of The Parkers alum’s Instagram and he’s never far from paying coeds a class visit.


Grooming young men for the real world with his “Tommy Ties.”

The TOMMY-TIE TOWN HALL MEETING was AMAZING! It brought tears to my eyes to see all of those beautiful young males being taught to be MEN! Thank you to all of the REAL MEN WITH REAL JOBS…who took the time to mentor and love on these incredible young men as they were GROOMED FOR GREATNESS! Huge shout out to Bishop McGill & Marshal Greg Countryman @marshal_greg_countryman who hosted this awesome fellowship! #tommyties #manhood #mentor #youth #brotherhood #townhallmeeting #celebration #tommytie #empowement #100blackmen #hbcu #greeklife #love #bond #brotherhood #brothers #family #fundraiser #church #fatherhood #fathersday #sundaysbest #e100 #mcm #freemason #shriners #kappa #alpha #blackfathers #rolemodel #blacklivesmatter

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And giving a motivational chat to pre-teens at the Boys & Girls Club of Orlando.


Thanks for the laughs, TF and inspiring us all. Including his two kids.

MCM | ‘Saints & Sinners’ Star Gives to Homeless


Now we know who the saint is–Christian Keyes.

The Let’s Stay Together star turned his lazy Sunday into day of service. By cleaning out his closets, filling up 10 garbage bags worth of Fall gear for donation to homeless org–My Friend’s House Foundation.


Also known as We Feed the Homeless. The LA-based org provides clothes, food and other basics for the homeless.

My Friend’s House founder Tiffany A. Rose is expanding the charity’s operation. She started a Go Fund Me page seeking $25K, so far she’s earned $17,204.

To earn your halo (Christian has one!) donate your coins here.

The ab-tastic model/actor may also have angel wings because he loves to give back. Especially to his hometown of Flint, Michigan.


Last weekend, he hit the hardwood of MSU with Rev Run’s son Diggy Simmons and Cory Hardrict for the 3rd Annual Hoop for Hope celebrity basketball game.

All the proceeds went to helping 1000 families in need and donating two semi trucks of water to the people of Flint, who have had to live with poisoned water since 2014.

Salute to Christian for doing his part to be more of a saint to his community.

FGF | 8-Year-Old Surprised With College Admission



How fly is 8-year-old Jordin Phipps?

The Texas native isn’t even in middle school yet, and already, like, today, she got accepted into the University of North Texas.

Not an easy thing to pull off.

Jordin managed to by reciting the university’s daily mantra, while wearing one of their T-shirts, and having mom record the spiel.

Which is actually quite empowering. It put a pep in my step, anyway.

“I am smart. I am a leader. Failure is not an option for me,” Jordin declares in the video. “Success is only moments away.”

Jordin’s mom, Nichole Smith, a University of Texas alumna, posted the video on Facebook earlier this month.

ABC News reports, University of North Texas school officials got wind of Jordin’s enthusiastic school pledge and wanted to help her.

They contacted me on Wednesday and said they wanted to present her with a scholarship,” Smith, a special education teacher, told ABC News.

Did they ever. Joined by some UNT cheerleaders, an early, early, early admission letter to join the class of 2030, aaanndd a $10,000 scholarship check–usually reserved for high school kids–school’s director of admissions surprised Jordin  during her elementary school assembly.

This makes the pre-teen the youngest student ever admitted in the university’s history.

And she already knows her major–school teacher, like her mom.

You better come through young scholar.

WCW | Rihanna Named Global Ambassador To Foster Education



Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, with Rihanna and Global Partnership for Education (GPE) chair, Julia Gillard

This may be the cherry on top of Rihanna’s sweet year of accollades.

Someone grab the cake, cake, cake, cake, cake to celebrate. Sorry, couldn’t resist.

The navy’s idol was appointed Global Ambassador through a partnership with her Clara Lionel Foundation and Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

The blending of the two orgs is to advocate for the billions of children across the globe without an education. And the 330 million kids enrolled in a school, but still aren’t learning.

So, how will Rihanna and her crew combat this?

GPE operates in more than 60 developing countries, spreading their message that “every child receive a quality education.” By making children living in poor or ravished communities a priority.

As GPE’s Global Ambassador, Rih Rih will travel the globe to encourage world leaders and policy makers to get behind educating vulnerable children raised in communities in crisis.

The announcement comes on the heels of Rihanna headlining the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday. The festival’s goal is to end extreme poverity by 2030 by getting people to participate in charity acts.

Rihanna is indeed a rare diamond.

MCM | Sean “Diddy” Combs Donates $1 Million to Alma Mater


Diddy dug into his deep pockets over the weekend, and pulled out lots and lots of Benjamins (I’m talking 10,000 bundles) to donate to Howard University.

The $1 million donation went toward the HBCU’s business school where a scholarship will be set up in the mogul’s name.

The Sean Combs Scholarship Fund ” will help provide life-altering opportunities for our students, particularly at a time when many come to Howard struggling to meet ever-increasing financial needs,” says Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick.

Diddy presented the check to Dr. Frederick during the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour at Verizon Center in D.C. Friday.

“I was blessed to receive a great education from Howard University – one of the best schools in the world – and it helped to fuel my success in business and life. This scholarship will make it possible for the next generation of leaders to pursue their dreams and achieve greatness,” said Sean “Diddy” Combs. “When I delivered the commencement address at Howard, I asked the students ‘Do you know how powerful you are?’ I know that Howard students are intelligent, talented, passionate, and their hard work will shape the future.”

According to Look to the Stars, Howard will start awarding scholarships Fall 2017 to undergrad business students with a 3.0 GPA with a financial need. The lucky recipients will also get a summer internship at Bad Boy Entertainment or Revolt Media.