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Posts Tagged ‘Alicia Keys’

Man Who Jumped ‘Today’ Barricade also Climbed Light Pole outside ‘GMA’

Remember back in February when a guy jumped the barricade at the “Today” show?

And do you remember earlier this week when a guy climbed a light pole (left) in Times Square after a performance by Alicia Keys on “Good Morning America?”

It’s the same guy.

He’s 34-year-old aspiring rapper Raymond Velasquez of Brooklyn. When he jumped the barricade at “Today” he shouted something like “God’s gift to music.”

Velasquez was arraigned Wednesday for the Times Square stunt on charges including reckless endangerment.

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Man Climbs Light Post, Shuts Down Times Square after ‘GMA’ Alicia Keys Concert

The concrete jungle where dreams are made of turned into a nightmare for the NYPD today. But you know the tourists loved it.

After Alicia Keys performed on “Good Morning America” this morning from outside their Times Square studios, a man climbed up a light post and wouldn’t come down. The stunt shut down the crossroads of the world for a while. NYPD officers brought in support personnel, and blew up the big jump bag, and finally coaxed him down.

More photos after the jump….

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The Ticker: (Thanksgiving Edition): BBC, CNN, CBS…

> Tonight BBC World News America looks at how diverse cultural communities of modern America celebrate this centuries old tradition. Three Americans — a recently naturalized U.S. citizen from India, a first generation Mexican-American, and a woman whose American roots date back to the 15th century, explain what Thanksgiving means to them. BBC World News America airs at 7pmET on BBC America.

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute tonight at 9pmET on CNN. The show was taped before an audience of more than 2,000 at the Kodak Theatre last Saturday. The star-studded event features performances by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and John Legend, with awards presented by Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Salma Hayek, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, and Forest Whitaker.

> Before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner think about this quote from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps about his eating habits: “I have to always just constantly shovel food in because I can lose anywhere from five to 10 pounds in a week.” Nice. Phelps talks with the aforementioned Cooper this Sunday on 60 Minutes. By the way, that rumored 12,000-calorie a day diet is more like 8-10,000 calories a day. We feel better now.

CNN Heroes: “In a Time of Uncertainty, It’s Reassuring to See Good People at Work in the World”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper with mother-daughter actors Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.

They love LA.

In its second year, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute moved to Hollywood from its inaugural location at New York’s Museum of Natural History. With performances from Alicia Keys and John Legend and a surprise performance by Christina Aguilera, Saturday’s show at the Kodak Theatre provided a star-studded location in which to honor everyday heroes. The event will air Thanksgiving night on CNN.

Host Anderson Cooper joked that he was going to hologram-in Larry King for a special appearance. (He didn’t). Medical Marvel hero David Puckett got a kiss from presenter Salma Hayak, then forgot his acceptance speech.

Liz McCartney was named Hero of the Year. She’ll receive $100,000 for her work helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes.

Also spotted, Robert Duvall, Meg Ryan and Cameron Diaz, singer Taylor Swift and CSI New York star and Obama BFF Hill Harper.

Insiders tell us plans are already in the works for 2009 Heroes. The ability to draw on celebrity guests will most likely make Los Angeles the choice for location next year, too. After the jump, the memo sent this morning to the CNN staff from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton.

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