Rappers come up big for Ohio woman who lost her family

Posted: September 20, 2013

 T  HE GAME and Drake plan to donate $22,500 to help Ohio woman Anna Angel pay for the funerals of her five children and boyfriend who died in a mobile-home fire.

The Game called the Burger King restaurant where Angel works and asked what he could do to help her, a spokesman for the family said.

Angel's five children and her boyfriend were killed early Sunday when a fast-moving fire tore through their mobile home in Tiffin, about 50 miles southeast of Toledo. Angel was working at the time and raced home on her bicycle when she learned of the fire.

A funeral for the children was scheduled for today.

"It's just never right when they leave the Earth early," The Game said in a phone interview with the Associated Press yesterday. "They shouldn't make caskets that small."

The Game said he told Angel's boss that he and Drake each wanted to donate $10,000 and asked what else she needed.

When the rapper was told that Angel did not have a car, he added $2,500 more to the donation from the producers of his reality-TV show, "Marrying The Game."

Neighbors said after the fire that Angel's only transportation was her bicycle, and that she was often seen riding with her children behind in a bike trailer for kids.

"I weighed it against my life," The Game said. "I can only imagine how difficult it is now."

The Game said that he was talking with Drake when he learned about the fire and that they immediately agreed to help Angel.

"When things like that happen, I never know what to say," The Game said. "I send my heart, prayers and my love her way."

The Game recently started a charity called The Robin Hood Project to help people in need.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson got a little help from Chicago rapper Common for the launch of his "Friends of Magic" initiative yesterday. The idea is to help at-risk students, including dropouts, graduate from high school.

Johnson, Common and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the event at Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, which is backed in part by Magic's business enterprises.

Wiping away tears, Magic said he's trying to give back and felt gratified by his organization's work. Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy contracts with Chicago Public Schools to help dropouts.

* Speaking of dropouts, Mark Wahlberg is now a high-school grad - 25 years late.

Wahlberg finished his diploma requirements after taking classes online. He dropped out of Boston's Copley Square High School, now known as Snowden International School at Copley, in the ninth grade.


Spike Lee will receive the 20th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, which carries a reward of $300,000.

The Gish Prize Trust announced the selection yesterday. Selection committee chairman Darren Walker said Lee was chosen "for his brilliance and unwavering courage in using film to challenge conventional thinking."

Lee said in an interview that he was well-acquainted with Lillian Gish as the actress of "The Birth of a Nation" and "The Night of the Hunter," but he was unfamiliar with the prize that was established in her will. She requested that the prize, one of the largest and most prestigious in the arts, be given every year to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life."

* "Scandal" star Kerry Washington is the world's best-dressed woman, according to People magazine.

Fortunately for People, Kerry is also gorgeous, because no mag has ever acknowledged that a plain woman might dress well.

Other People faves included Jennifer Lawrence for her high-fashion style, Jessica Chastain for her red-carpet looks, Kate Bosworth for street style and Zoe Saldana for denim style.

Photographer Nigel Barker picked Lily Collins for best up-and-coming style.

Grace Jones, who once vowed that she'd never write a memoir, has changed her mind.

Money will do that.

The model, actress, singer and Studio 54 legend has an agreement with Gallery Books for a book, slated to come out next fall.

* An ex-publicist and lawyer for the rap duo Insane Clown Posse has sued them and their recording company, Psychopathic Records, saying that she was sexually harassed and asked to perform illegal acts.

The Detroit News says Andrea Pellegrini, 32, claims that she was under "constant and pervasive harassment" at the company, including being given a large sex toy. She says that she was asked to obtain automatic weapons for a photo shoot.

Pellegrini was fired from Psychopathic in 2012.

* The Detroit News also reports that the childhood home of Eminem has gone up for auction.

The 747-square-foot, single-family house on the city's northeast side is listed on a state website. No price was given.

Public records show that the home was listed as the address of Eminem's mother, Deborah Mathers, from 1989 to 2003.

The newspaper says that a past owner of the home listed it on eBay for $500,000 but received no bids. A real estate website shows it sold for $24,650 in 2007.

* According to the New York Daily News, Beyoncé and Jay Z fired their late bodyguard, Norman "Dutch Giant" Oosterbroek, because he hired a hooker while he was supposed to be working for them in Las Vegas.

The pair also discovered photographic evidence of Norman using their personal passports in a lewd act, possibly giving new meaning to "around the world."

After losing his gig with Queen Bey, Oosterbroek's life reportedly spiraled out of control. Earlier this month, he broke into the home of a Florida woman - he was nude at the time - and beat her until the police arrived. He later died at the hospital from the electric shock administered while the cops tried to subdue him.

* Ex- Katy Perry hubby, Russell Brand, is having the "best sex ever" with socialite and ex- Hugh Grant girlfriend Jemima Khan.

An unnamed source told the London Sun: "She's never met anyone remotely like him and he makes her feel incredible. She's also never met anyone who is so adventurous in bed. She can't get enough of him. She just says he ticks every box."

How many boxes does she have?

- Daily News wire services

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