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THE SCOOP: T.I., Little Brother, Alicia Keys, Beanie Sigel
Contributed by: Sia Tiambi Barnes
Source: bet.com
Posted on: December 24, 2007 05:08 MST
Filed under: Rap

T.I., Little Brother, Alicia Keys, Beanie Sigel

The children of Atlanta are being treated to a trio of hip-hop kings this Christmas, and they come, of course, bearing gifts. T.I’s K.I.N.G. foundation is hosting a gift giveaway today at Club Crucial with Grand Hustle recording artists P$C, Young Dro and Big Kuntry King. Also today, Young Jeezy closes out his weeklong toy drive with a giveaway at the Old Fourth Ward Community Center. And this past Saturday (Dec. 22) Ludacris screened his  “Fred Claus,” and provided food and games for children at the Woodruff Arts Center. “The Christmas season is all about giving of yourself – that's the true meaning of Christmas. Helping those that are less fortunate than ourselves – that's what this time of year is all about. During the holidays there is no greater gift than the ‘gift of giving’ and putting smiles on the faces of others,” Ludacris said according to HHNLive.com.

Rap duo Little Brother will take the airwaves by storm tonight playing their idea of the “worst” in hip-hop and R&B for XM Satellite Radio’s Subsoniq station (XM channel 43, Direct TV channel 831). They also plan to keep it seasonal with thoughts on Santa. The Phonte and Pooh show begins at 10 p.m. EST.

Rapper Beanie Sigel continued his antiviolence PSA live last week (Dec. 20) on the streets of his Philadelphia hometown during the city’s Peace Week 2007. He joined fellow native Philadelphians, actor/activist Bill Cosby and the Men United for A Better Philadelphia, in an anti-crime march of about 50 people, handing out pamphlets informing the public on how to keep the streets safe, and rallying to keep the murder rate below 400 this year. "I’m a person that’s been on both sides of the fence, right,” Sigel told CBS News. “Now I’m just trying to, you know, make the transition in my life to be a person of value to the children.”

Singer Alicia Keys (atop Billboard’s Hot 100 for the fifth consecutive week with “No One”) is in final negotiations to play June Boatwright in the film adaptation of the Sue Monk Kidd best-seller, “The Secret Life of Bees,” according to Variety.com. She’d be joining a cast of fellow singer/actresses Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson and British actress Sophie Okonedo.  The drama is set in the 60’s and will be directed by “Love & Basketball" director, Gina Prince Bythewood and co-produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment. Reportedly, the script, developed by Bythewood, was completed before the writer’s strike (which has delayed films like “Pinkville” starring rapper Xzibit), so production is planned to begin in North Carolina Jan. 7.

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