Lil Wayne and his newest lil boy -- and other people getting arrested on the rapper's behalf
Let's start with the happy part: Multiple Grammy winner Lil Wayne (a.k.a. Dwayne Carter Jr.) and singer Nivea welcomed a new baby boy this past Monday, and friends were delighted.
More on the kids later.
Less happy: Six of his supporters were arrested Monday night in New Orleans during "a street party highlighting the imprisonment of hometown heroes Lil Wayne and Lil Boosie as examples of how the police and prison industrial complex do not work."
So, during the "street party," an off-duty police officer saw "Free Lil Wayne" being spray-painted on a building in the French Quarter, and arrests ensued.And just why do the Lils need freeing?
Carter, who won for best rap album and in three other categories at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, pleaded guilty in October to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He expects to be sentenced to one year in jail -- in New York, where the local branch of the prison-industrial complex probably didn't notice the New Orleans street party.
Lil Boosie, a.k.a. Torrence Hatch, is in prison after violating terms of his release after taking a plea deal on a drug-possession charge after being arrested with marijuana and a gun in a vehicle he was driving -- dare we speculate "after dark"? After all that, you might be better off just clicking this link for the details.
So let's get back to little Dwaynes: The newest is the rapper's third son born since October 2008, with three different moms.
The moms, with babies in parentheses, are the aforementioned Nivea Hamilton, a.k.a. Nivea Nash (Neal Carter, born Nov. 30, 2009); actress Lauren London (Lennox Carter, born Sept. 9, 2009); and "a woman" (Dwayne Carter III, born Oct. 22, 2008). Seriously, in more than year, it seems nobody's given up the identity of Tha (Dwayne) Carter III's mother.
He also has a daughter, Reginae Carter, with ex-wife Antonia "Toya" Carter.
[Update, Dec. 1, 11:01 p.m.: Ministry reader Person (see comments) directs us to the website BlackCelebKids.com, and though we can't find the specific picture that was referenced, we see Dwayne III's mother referred to as "a model named Sarah," which agrees with other unsourced citations we saw online. Still nothing verified, though. Another article there was about Lauren tweeting on Sept. 14 that her son's name is not "Samuel Lennox." We'd found the boy's name given as "Lennox Samuel Ari" in several places. So we'll just jump on the "name unconfirmed" bandwagon regarding the baby born Sept. 9, 2009, while adding that @MsLaurenLondon's Twitter feed is quite a nice read. Seriously. It's upbeat. As it says below, she takes the high road.]
Good thing Thanksgiving is just about a full year away now, because the Ministry would not want to be figuring out that seating chart -- though various Twitter shout-outs collected by BET indicated there might not be any drama among the mamas at all.
What can we say, Lauren London is way more of a high-road-taker than the Ministry is.
By a long shot.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
P.S.: In other incarcerated Grammy-winning rapper news, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, who's engaged to T.I. , says he's doing "real good" in prison and he's "ready to come on home." T.I. , a.k.a. Clifford Harris, will likely be out in March 2010.
P.P.S.: In a bright spot for the Lils, Kim isn't in any trouble that we know of. OK, maybe just a lil.
Photo: Would you have a baby with this man? Take a number. Lil Wayne is pictured performing at the Grammy Awards at Staples Center in L.A. on Feb. 8, 2009. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.
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