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Idris Elba avoids serious injury after car flips on camera

Florence Anthony | 1/2/2014, 12:18 p.m.
Florence Anthony

Idris Elba escaped injuries after a car he was driving flipped over while he was filming an upcoming documentary. The actor was in Finland shooting a racing documentary titled “Idris Elba: King of Speed” when he went over an embankment that overturned the vehicle.

“I never want to do that again,” Elba told U.K. magazine The Sun. “It’s the first time that I have ever rolled a car. I wasn’t going fast; the car just had a mind of its own where it hit the band. I cut the corner and then we rolled.”

The “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” star continued filming after the accident and later talked of his love for speed and how he bought his first car at age 14.

In Jay Z’s 1997 hit video for “Who You Wit,” Jay Z was “wit” glamorous Liberia-born model Nene Marks. Today, Marks, a mother of four children, is the co-founder of Nene’s Secret, an ethnic hair care line inspired by organic products used by her mother and grandmother in West Africa.

She’s also an advocate for addressing the racial gap in infant mortality. Together with her husband, Brian K. Marks, who founded African Pride and Dr. Miracle’s ethnic hair care, Nene Marks works with the Birthing Project. Over the last 15 years, the couple has donated almost $1 million to help Birthing Project founder Kathryn Hall-Trujillo sustain this international organization and resource center for improving the birth outcomes for women of color in the U.S. and Africa. Hall-Trujillo is a professor at Tulane University. The trio has made a difference in the lives of thousands of women and infants.

Carl Crawford is making an honest woman out of Evelyn Lozada. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ $182 million man put a 14.5-karat emerald-cut diamond ring on the VH1 “Basketball Wives” star’s finger for Christmas.

Lozada, who divorced Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson following a incident of domestic violence last year, is seven months pregnant. The engagement comes on the heels of the announcement that Johnson has reportedly ordered his other baby mama of his 5-month-old and 10-year-old sons to stay away from him. Is this a tangled web or what?

Broadway star Valisia LeKae, a 2013 Tony Award nominee for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Diana Ross in “Motown: The Musical,” is on a crusade to bring awareness to African-American women about ovarian cancer.

LeKae withdrew from the show after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and the 34-year-old actress had surgery for clear cell carcinoma of the ovary, which was performed by Dr. David Fishman, professor and fellowship director in the division of gynecologic oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital.

LeKae said, “As a 34-year-old African-American woman, I feel that it is important that I share my story in order to educate and encourage others about the disease and the fight against it. 2013 has been full of blessings, from being nominated for a prestigious Tony Award for my portrayal of Diana Ross in ‘Motown: The Musical,’ as well as many other accolades. God has given me another role to play, and like all my previous roles, I plan to go all in—only this time, I plan to win.”

According to reports, Khloe Kardashian has Kanye West to thank for her new romance with Rihanna’s ex, Los Angeles Dodger Matt Kemp. West was the one who set up his soon- to-be sister-in-law with the baseball player in November. Kemp’s manager is one of West’s best friends, and Kardashian suggested that his manager hook them up.