Pitbull is back on tour — but not before giving Kodiak, Alaska, a big-time rush.
“I know [this trip] was supposed to be a joke, but to be honest, it turned out great,’’ he told fans during a public appearance, posted on YouTube. “It’s great to be with good people in such an untouched environment, and it’s very, very beautiful.”
The Give Me Everything rapper also performed at the local Coast Guard base, sprayed on bear repellent and tweeted a picture of him holding a child onstage along with native Alutiiq dancers and said, “Thank U Kodiak … I am honored, truly.”
In a marketing deal, Mr. 305 agreed to visit the Walmart that got the most likes on its Facebook page. Kodiak was the easy winner, thanks to Boston Phoenix writer/comedian David Thorpe, who thought it would be hysterical to send the warm-weather denizen to the most remote Walmart possible. (Thorpe actually joined in on the faraway fun, at his own expense.)
Pitbull was a good sport, receiving a key to the city from Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson, who donned shades to mimic Pit’s signature look.
Look for a future song mentioning the frigid little town (population: approximately. 6,300). Dale!
Lebron James may be engaged to Savannah Brinson, but a guy can innocently flirt, right? University of Virginia swimmer Lauren Perdue Tweeted that the Miami Heat star, 27, was very friendly to her. “Lebron James just invited me to dinner…Um wuuuutttt?!?” She then posted an Instagram photo of the two athletes, looking chummy.
“He was kind of joking,’’ Perdue, 21, told the Charlotte Observer, “but he was basically like, ‘Would you like to come eat with me at the dining hall?’ She declined the meal due to curfew. When’s the wedding, King James?
Last August, Francisco “Frankie” Rosello was a passenger in a car that was driving on the 79th Street Causeway in a rainstorm, when the car spun out of control, jumped the median and hit an SUV. His mom, Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria, will speak about the nightmare Friday, on the 20-year anniversary of the opening of the Ryder Trauma Center at the UM/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, where Frankie was treated, and give her thanks. Surgeons performed emergency brain surgery, controlled internal bleeding and removed the teen’s spleen. He spent weeks in a medically induced coma and almost three months in pediatric ICU at Holtz Children’s Hospital. Frankie’s progress is a “miracle,’’ Echevarria told The Miami Herald in February, but the 15-year-old is still affected by aphasia, limiting his ability to communicate, and continues therapy.