T.I. and family spread holiday cheer

Florence Anthony | 12/28/2011, 6:39 p.m.
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According to reports, the Harris family went above and beyond this holiday season. Instead of handing out a few toys and donating a few turkeys, T.I. and his crew put on a mini Broadway production for children in Atlanta.

T.I., his wife, Tameka ("Tiny") and their children dressed up like "Shrek" characters to spread holiday cheer. Before the K.I.N.G. Foundation handed out toys and clothes to needy kids, the rapper-turned-reality-TV-star and his entire family acted out a play created by T.I.'s 11-year-old son, Messiah, who was also responsible for the costumes.

Three years ago, Jeff Friday, founder and CEO of Film Life Inc., launched the Pro Hollywood Initiative at the American Black Film Festival. Friday's program was so impressive and groundbreaking, it gained the attention of the NFL.

Friday will now develop a similar program, NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp, specifically for the NFL. Twenty current and former players will take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp from April 2 to 5 at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. The program is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc.

Join Cadillac and Yours Truly on Thursday, Dec. 29, for LEJ Records R&B powerhouse Natasha C. Coward's Holiday Finale Concert. The fun takes place at Native Restaurant, 161 Lenox Ave. at 118th Street in Harlem, at 9 p.m.

Coward will be singing hits from her new CD "No Warning Signs," along with Christmas classics. Handsome crooner Bert Clarke will open for Coward with his original holiday tune "Merry Christmas" and the powerful hit "All Over the World." No cover and appetizers.

This is it-2011 is coming to a close. We said farewell to my dear friends Butch Lewis, Nick Ashford, Joe Frazier and Heavy D. We also lost Steve Jobs, comedian Patrice O'Neal and Elizabeth Taylor.

Niecy Nash and electrical engineer Jay Tucker tied the knot, and her best friend Sherri Shepherd (of "The View") and Lamar Sally also got married.

Celebrities who had babies included Laila Ali, who gave birth to her second child, a daughter, Sydney; and Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

As for breakups, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries after 72 days, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony called it quits and Derek Jeter and his girlfriend of three years ended their relationship.

May God bring everyone favor in 2012. Happy New Year...