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Lil Jon raises $80,000 so far for Decatur’s United Methodist Children’s Home

Courtesy of NBC

Courtesy of NBC

While Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes garners all the headlines on “Celebrity Apprentice,” her fellow Atlantan Lil Jon has been (relatively) quietly evading Donald Trump’s wagging finger to make it to the final six on the show. (A source of mine says he makes it at least to the final four on the show, which was taped primarily last fall but the finale will air this month live.)

The rap star best known for his “crunk” style and hit song “Get Low” has the gold teeth, the dreads and the perpetual sunglasses. It’s the exterior persona any hip-hop fan knows and loves. But this show has given us a chance to see a side of him not readily apparent in his music videos: a laid back, yet intelligently competitive edge. He bonded well with Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and the other “John,” John Rich. Sure, they are all from different musical genres but all respect each other as artists and businessmen. (Gary Busey? That’s a whole different story!)

So far, Lil Jon has won two team challenges as project manager, both against NeNe. As a result, he has won $80,000 for United Methodist Children’s Home, which has been around since 1871 in Decatur. They provide foster care and adoption services, as well as independent living facilities for young adults.

newcolorlogoDirector of programs for the operations Terence Johnson said he wasn’t sure why Lil Jon chose his charity though Lil Jon in an NBC video explained he had a brother and sister in foster care. The monies, Johnson told me today, will be used to refurbish either the aging family housing building or the independent living building.

“I thought it was an awesome opportunity,” Johnson said. “He’s doing a great job. We hope he keeps on going and raises more money.”

He has met Lil Jon a couple times before while working in foster care and has seen the man close down a part of Toys R Us for the kids. “He puts his money where his mouth is,” Johnson said.

And when Lil Jon (real name: Jonathan Mortimer Smith) chose the charity, he visited the home on alumni day and spent four hours on campus.

The home, which gets most of its $7 million annual budgetary support from the United Methodist Church and private donations, plans to hold a big thank-you appreciation party for Lil Jon later this month.

Leakes, in the meantime, is supporting a charity called Atlanta Mission’s My Sister’s House for Women Against Domestic Abuse. Unfortunately, with two losses, she has not earned a penny for the charity. And her bullying attitude, while making for great TV, is not exactly a great example for folks at My Sister’s House.

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By Rodney Ho,, AJCRadioTV blog

27 comments Add your comment


May 2nd, 2011
9:17 pm

Go Lil Jon! Make Atlanta proud because the female rep for Atlanta is really putting on a bad show – good for ratings, not for Atlanta.


May 2nd, 2011
9:22 pm

Lil Jon’s brother and sister were adopted from the United Methodist Children’s Home. So it is obviously very personal for him. It is a great organization and it is great to see the money going to such a deserving place!


May 2nd, 2011
9:42 pm

I had preconceived notions about Lil John, which I am chagrined to say were completely incorrect. From what I’ve seen on this show, he has represented Atlanta and the South well. I only wish I could say the same for NeNe…and I now remember why I have never watched an episode of Real Housewives! If I were the director of the Domestic Violence Shelter, I would demand that she find another charity to “support”.


May 2nd, 2011
10:22 pm

Lil Jon does us proud, but NeNe is still in the game


May 2nd, 2011
10:30 pm

Get em Mortimer!

Pelvis Messley

May 2nd, 2011
10:37 pm

I want to see Ne-Ne pull Star’s wig off.


May 2nd, 2011
10:47 pm

I had no idea who Lil Jon was until this show but I think the world of him now. He is personable, kind, team player, hard worker and highly intelligent. He has class act.


May 2nd, 2011
11:08 pm


May 2nd, 2011
11:14 pm

Add my name to the list of those who have been favorably impressed by L’il Jon. His outward appearance definitely belies the warm, competitive, caring and intelligent persona he has proven to be on “Celebrity Apprentice” — representing Atlanta very well. NeNe makes for good TV, but she needs to work on ratcheting it down a little . . . with her loud, bullying, ‘in your face’ demeanor, she makes Omarosa lovable. Hard to reconcile her charity with her behavior.


May 3rd, 2011
12:08 am

Thanks Lil John for representing Atlanta well. As for Nene, even Springer guests have more class.


May 3rd, 2011
1:42 am

Yes – Lil’ John is doing a great job on the show. He is intelligent, innovative, creative and is a team player. The unfortunate part is that his accomplishments are being overshadowed by Nene. Shame on us!


May 3rd, 2011
6:47 am

Lil John is doing a first class job, keep it up


May 3rd, 2011
7:15 am

It’s nice to hear good news like this. And he’s got a great charity benefiting from his efforts. I’m pulling for you Lil Jon!


May 3rd, 2011
7:17 am

I never knew who Lil Jon until The Apprentice show and he’s a real likable guy. Bless him for caring and raising the funds for the kids.


May 3rd, 2011
7:54 am



May 3rd, 2011
8:27 am

see rappers have love for the kids too!


May 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Lil John………judging a book by it’s cover?????????????


May 3rd, 2011
8:39 am

lil jon- you are a big man in my book. i think i have heard that you are actually from the ATL, unlike some others who just claim our city. roq on, lil jon, roq on.


May 3rd, 2011
9:26 am

Great job, Jon! Make ATL proud. Sounds like an excellent charity your supporting. I’ve even started drinking your CRUNK Energy Drink.

meyouand she

May 3rd, 2011
10:43 am

Has Ne-he won anything for her charity? Nope, she is the abuser. Nehe is a very inmature lady that does not know how to even respect herself. Always being a razor mouth is not good for a man-oops- I mean wo-MAN Ne-he age. They should put her big body in a VAMPIRE film. They wouldn’t need to do her make-up. Those big teeth is always toppling over someone with that mouth big enough to drive a rig through it.


May 3rd, 2011
1:52 pm

there is a lot of information in the so much news at our fingertips. when one has a situation like that– the good news, that which is positive gets a little lost in between the lines (of battle on most of the blogs). at any rate– the title of this column states volumes:: Lil Jon Won $80,000 for an ATL based charity. outside of bin laden’s capture and disposal– i think this is some of the best news of the week. this entertainer is “keeping it real”, being himself on the show and giving back to the community. you are a star Lil Jon! thank you for caring for others.


May 3rd, 2011
4:55 pm

Good work Lil John!! Thanks for showing people that all hip hop artist arent negative. Some of them love what they do and help they people!

Just Sayin'

May 3rd, 2011
6:31 pm

L’il Jon, it is been so nice “getting to know you” through Celebrity Apprentice. You are a great entertainer with at big heart. Keep up the good work, you make Atlanta proud.


May 4th, 2011
6:38 am

There is more to Lil John than meets the eye. Before the show I did not know who he was. After watching him for weeks now I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Lil John does Atlanta proud. This is one very talented guy. Keep up the good work Lil John.


May 4th, 2011
12:00 pm

Keep it up Lil Jon! You are doing extremely good!

Vivian R Crawl

May 5th, 2011
2:40 pm

Lil Jon has made a great impression on the Show, he handles himself accordingly, and He does represent the A with restraint, dignity, and ethically. NeNe I think is great but her ally moment took all her value away, Lil Jon gets it! Hats off to you!

Toccoa Reader

May 6th, 2011
1:52 pm

Thanks to Lil Jon for supporting the United Methodist Children’s Home!