Celebrity news

April 29, 2005

Rapper Bleek faces charges in assault

NEW YORK (AP) - Police arrested rapper Memphis Bleek early Thursday after he and another man allegedly beat up a busboy at a Manhattan nightclub.

The 23-year-old victim told police the assault occurred after he entered a VIP room at the NV club to clean off a table. He claimed Bleek - a protege of Jay-Z whose real name is Malik Cox - and Ravelle Talik Smith punched him in the face and head, knocking out a tooth.

Police officers arrested Bleek, 25, of Monroe, N.J., and Smith, 26, of Queens, at about 1:50 a.m. outside the club after they exited a side door and the victim pointed them out. They were awaiting arraignment on misdemeanor assault charges.

Singer McBride to help build playground

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Martina McBride is teaming with Home Depot to build a playground near her hometown in Kansas.


McBride, 38, and volunteers from the home improvement retailer will build the playground with help from the nonprofit group KaBOOM! on Friday in Medicine Lodge, about 10 miles from her hometown of Sharon, Kan., according to a spokeswoman for Home Depot.

The playground will replace outdated equipment in City Park and serve more than 300 children who live in the area.

"The City Park is the source of many happy memories for me and my family," McBride said. "I grew up playing on its playground, and we had countless family reunions and gatherings there."

The project honors the country singer's selection as the 2004 recipient of the Home Depot Humanitarian Award. McBride received the fan-voted award at the 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards last May.

Actress Berry gives fashions for school

BEDFORD, Ohio (AP) - Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has literally given the clothes off her back to her former high school.

The Cleveland-area native donated two of her designer gowns to the school to be auctioned during its annual prom fashion show. The money raised will send Bedford High School students on a field trip to the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati.

"She always said that if I need anything to let her know," said Yvonne Sims, a guidance counselor and Berry's fifth-grade teacher.

One dress is a knee-length geometric print that Berry wore on an Ebony magazine cover last year. The other is a white Versace halter-style gown that she wore to a party after the debut of "Lackawanna Blues," the HBO film she produced.

Bidding, which ends Thursday, starts at $500 per dress.

Berry, who graduated from Bedford in 1984, won the Academy Award for best actress in 2002 for her role in "Monster's Ball." Later that year, she told InStyle magazine that Sims was her childhood role model.

Ozzy's son Jack wins kickboxing match

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Jack Osbourne, the bespectacled son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, trained for almost four weeks before entering the ring against a veteran Thai kickboxer.

The result: a second round knockout win for the 19-year-old, who stars with his parents and sister Kelly on the MTV reality show "The Osbournes," now in its final season.

Ozzy and Sharon attended Wednesday night's bout, which was over in less than four minutes, a family associate said.

"At first mum and dad were a little concerned," Jack was quoted as saying. "But once they came here and saw the training programs - and saw for themselves that I was mentally and physically well-prepared - they were very cool about it all."

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