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Charity wins out...

Music mogul Russell Simmons and model Kimora Lee Simmons may no longer be married -- they divorced in 2009 -- but they came together in the name of charity at a dinner gala.

The couple hosted the fundraiser Saturday night to benefit Art for Life, a charity that supports arts programs for inner-city kids.

"We started this together 12 years ago," Lee Simmons said. "I hosted it every year forever, and then I had to turn over the duties, and now we are back as a family, and we are so excited. It is a great night."

The evening wasn't just family affair. Singer Mary J Blige, actor Ed Norton and fashion icon Tamara Mellon were honored for their work with the organization.


Act naturally...

Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura will portray the governor of Indiana in the movie "The Drunk," now filming in Terre Haute.

The former wrestler and occasional actor joins veteran actor Tom Sizemore in the cast.

Terre Haute natives William Tanoos and Paul Fleschner of Tanoos Fleschner Productions wrote the film in which Tanoos stars as the fictitious grandson of 20th century labor leader Eugene V. Debs.


League of his own...

Rapper Snoop Dogg launched a Chicago version of his popular youth football league Saturday, saying he hoped the program will give kids in high-crime neighborhoods a positive release for their energy.

Dancing and high-fiving his way through a large crowd at the Chicago Indoor Sports Facility, the playful entertainer seemed intent on meeting all the kids involved in the inaugural season of the city's Snoop Youth Football League. Chicago's is a division of the league he established in Los Angeles in 2004.

Snoop Dogg spent most of his time interacting with the more than 100 football kids and fans, many of whom waited several hours for his arrival.

He credited football, a sport he played growing up, with giving many kids in his California league the incentive to focus on their education and other aspects of their lives. He's hoping Chicago youth use the program to figure out what they want to do with their lives.


Honor for Berry...

Chuck Berry, the man called the Father of Rock 'n' Roll, blew kisses at the crowd that joined him for the dedication of a statue in his honor in the Delmar Loop section of suburban St. Louis.

"I don't know how to speak I can sing a little a bit," Berry shyly told his audience. "I'm going to say thank you again, thank you, and I love you all."

Berry, 84, has been celebrated at the Kennedy Center by President Bill Clinton. His music was shot into space as representative of the best of our culture. But his son Charles Edward Berry Jr. said Friday's honor was the best ever because it's in St. Louis, where Berry Sr. grew up and still lives.

The 8-foot statue by sculptor Harry Weber is at 6555 Delmar Boulevard, across Delmar from Blueberry Hill, a club and restaurant where Berry still performs monthly to sold-out crowds.

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