Everyone’s been so focused on the “Celebrity Apprentice” feud between NeNe Leakes and Star Jones—that has yet to manifest—that producer/rapper Lil Jon has been virtually overlooked.
Not that fans had low expectations, but the ATL artist has been doing extremely well on the show, even leading his team to victory in the latest episode.
Not only did he win, he was praised by his teammates, including the very blunt Richard Hatch (winner of “Survivor” season 1) who said, “He has a style that is efficient, effective, professional… The man manages beautifully, brilliantly. He tasks people. He listens to people. He organizes in a way that is commendable,” he said.
Lil Jon took a risk as project manager and had to produce an ad for a video telephone. He pushed the envelope by creating a viral video that featured his team member Jose Conseco as an engaged gay man.
“I’ve been in business many years, and the people that succeed are the people that take chances,” Jon said.
He also helped his team in a previous challenge by being the subject of a children’s book. The book, titled Not So Little, Jon is available on Amazon.com for around $11.
The proceeds for the book don’t go to Lil Jon’s charity, but he did earn $40,000 for his win last week. That money goes to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur, Georgia, a facility where his adopted brother and sister once lived before being taken in by his family.
“I chose the United Methodist Children’s Home as my charity because it’s a personal thing for me. My family took in some foster kids when I was young, so I know the importance. Every kid deserves a good home and the best opportunities,” he said.
– Tracy L. Scott