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Meek Mill celebrates b-day with celebs, grandma

The Philly rapper made up for a disappointing week with abirthday weekend in Vegas with Philly friends.

Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Chris Camack (Will) of ABC's "Nashville" visit Paramour.
Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Chris Camack (Will) of ABC's "Nashville" visit Paramour.Read more

RAPPERS LOVE their grandmoms, too.

Meek Mill didn't have the best week last week, when a Philly jury ruled against him in his civil-rights lawsuit against two city police officers who Mill claimed illegally detained him in 2012, causing him to miss a promotional appearance and hurting his sponsorship deal with Puma.

But that didn't stop Mill from celebrating his 26th birthday in Vegas. The real guest of honor? Mill's grandma, who raised the rapper and gets a shout-out in a couple of songs, including "Ready or Not" from "Dreamchasers 2."

Other Philly friends attended the weekend getaway, including boxer Danny Garcia and boxer-turned-designer Simon "One Punch" Carr. They took in the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Marcos Maidana fight and partied it up at dayclub Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, where Khloe Kardashian, her rumored boy toy French Montana, Ludacris and Young Jeezy joined in. A tipster tells me that Mill, Ludacris and Montana gave impromptu performances throughout the day.

Wendy Williams in town

How you doin', Wendy? TV host Wendy Williams will be guest co-hosting "Good Day Philadelphia" on Friday, but it looks as if she'll be filming segments for her syndicated show here as well. I hear that her people have been looking around Independence Mall for a possible shoot for when she's in town palling around with Mike Jerrick, Sue Serio, Kacie McDonnell and the gang.

Camden educator on 'Queen'  

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, chairwoman of the LEAP Academy University Charter School in Camden, will be on "The Queen Latifah Show" today as part of the show's Teacher Appreciation Day episode. Bonilla-Santiago's school is designed around a longer school day and year, merit pay for teachers and basic community services in the school, such as a health clinic. Latifah has a special place in her heart for teachers. Her mom, Rita Owens, was an art teacher. Other guests include Clark Gregg, of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," and Ziggy Marley. Check it out on CBS3 at 3 p.m.

Eagle to Ironman

Former Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis finished the Ironman 70.3-mile triathlon in St. George, Utah, in 5 hours, 59 minutes and 2 seconds over the weekend. This was Curtis' first 70.3-mile race, which included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. And you thought the Broad Street Run was tough.


* The cast of ABC's sudsy drama "Nashville" stopped by Paramour in the Wayne Hotel (139 E. Lancaster Ave.) for lunch yesterday before hitting up the 6ABC studios. The party included Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Will Chase (Luke), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and Chris Carmack (Will). The cast was in town to perform last night at the Tower Theater.

* Although the Philadelphia Flyers' season ended earlier than fans would have liked, players, coaches and staff reunited for one last team gathering at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa over the weekend. The entire team enjoyed a meal by chef Romeo DiBona at Old Homestead Steakhouse, played in Borgata's high-limit area and partied at mur.mur with DJ D-Nice.

* Cross-dressing comedian Eddie Izzard, who just completed a crazy guest arc on NBC's "Hannibal," stopped by the Liberty Bell yesterday. He had a three-night stint at the Forrest Theatre over the weekend. Izzard is a major history buff, often including historical notes in his stand-up.

Gardner plays MC

Jim Gardner will serve as master of ceremonies at the Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options Spring Into Summer Luncheon at the Hilton (4200 City Ave.) on Thursday. The lunch honors founding Northeast chapter board members of JAFCO Jill Lapensohn, Beverly Victor and Bonnie Squires. JAFCO recently opened an office in Bryn Mawr that will offer counseling services.

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