People: Big Boi gives puppy to girl paralyzed in shooting

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Big Boi gives puppy to girl paralyzed in shooting

Atlanta rapper Big Boi has given a puppy to a little girl who was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot while playing in a bounce house near the city earlier this year.

WSB-TV reports (http://2wsb.tv/2uuxTkO ) Big Boi, who's one-half of the rap duo OutKast, presented Abriya Ellison on Thursday with the pup bred from his kennel business. Video shows Abriya cradling the dog, which she named King.

Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton, tells the station that the dog is "something therapeutic" for Abriya. He says the girl is "definitely inspiring" and her story touched his heart. Patton also has agreed to pay off Abriya's medical bills and renovate her bathroom to make it handicap accessible.

Abriya was 5 when she was shot outside Atlanta in April.



Metallica guitarist's movie posters on display

Kirk Hammett may be known best as the guitarist whose deafening solos have come to define the band Metallica. But a new exhibit is showcasing a different side of the rocker, his passion for sci-fi and horror films.

The exhibit which opened Saturday at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., features 135 works owned by the heavy metal musician, including some Hammett says have inspired his music. It runs through Nov. 26.

"My collection takes me to a place where I need to be," Hammett said in a statement. "Among the monsters, where I'm most comfortable and creative."

"That's where the magic has happened for me all these years and it's something I've come to trust," he said. "From the moment I first encountered these characters, I could see that these guys had just as much difficulty in coping as I did."

Daniel Finamore, who curated the show titled "It's Alive: Classic Horror and Sci-fi art from the Kirk Hammett Collection," said although the posters may have played a supporting role to the films, they give the mummies and zombies top billing and "deliver on the promise of fear."

"These are rare works of art, but they're under-recognized as such," he said.



Lamar to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

Top nominee Kendrick Lamar is set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards this month.

MTV said Thursday that Lamar will take the stage at the Aug. 27 event at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Lamar is nominated for eight awards.

Previously announced performers include host Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, the Weeknd, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony and Thirty Seconds to Mars.

Lamar's nominations include video of the year, artist of the year, best hip-hop, direction, art direction, choreography, cinematography and visual effects. "Humble," from his critically acclaimed album "Damn," reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this year.

Other video of the year nominees are Bruno Mars' "24K Magic," DJ Khaled and Rihanna's "Wild Thoughts," the Weeknd's "Reminder" and Alessia Cara's "Scars to Your Beautiful."



Today's birthdays: Singer Dash Crofts of Seals and Crofts is 79. Actor-musician Steve Martin is 72. Actress Jackee Harry ("Sister, Sister," ''227") is 61. Actress Susan Olsen ("The Brady Bunch") is 56. Actress Catherine Bell ("JAG") is 49. Actor Christopher Gorham ("Ugly Betty") is 43. Actress Mila Kunis is 34.


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