A dose of reality (TV) on the Hawks' sideline

  • Updated: November 11, 2012 - 8:43 PM

ATLANTA - Rapper T.I. added a new line to his expanding resume -- broadcaster. The Grammy Award-winning rapper and reality TV star joined the Atlanta Hawks' broadcast team Friday night for the first half of their loss to the NBA champion Miami Heat.

"This was a phenomenal opportunity," said T.I., proud that the Hawks built a 46-42 lead during his time on air for SportsSouth. "I really enjoyed myself. I look forward to the next time and doing an entire game."

After several bouts with the law, including a stint in federal prison on weapons charges, the Atlanta native has become active in the community and frequently attends Hawks' games. He sat at courtside between play-by-play man Bob Rathbun and analyst Duane Ferrell.

Asked if he had any desire to buy a piece of the Hawks, following the path set by hip-hop star and Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z, T.I. just smiled.

"I would love to be a part of the organization in whatever way possible if I can make a significant contribution," said the entertainer, whose actual name is Clifford Harris. "But there's no pressure. Baby steps."

T.I. gave a hint of a new album, "Trouble Man," which is scheduled for release on Dec. 18. It includes collaborations with Andre 3000, Cee Lo Green and Pink. He also stars with his wife in "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle," a reality show on VH1. Camera crews from the show trailed him around Philips Arena.

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Prohibition on exhibition

A hatchet used to bust up saloons, the verdict sheet from Al Capone's trial, and lawman Eliot Ness' sworn oath of office are among the more sobering artifacts in a new exhibit on Prohibition at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. But visitors can also glimpse the glamorous life at a re-created speakeasy and learn to dance the Charleston. Both sides of the historic era are represented at "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition." Exhibit organizers say the alcohol ban that lasted from 1920 to 1933 is the nation's "most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup." The exhibit runs through April before traveling to museums in Seattle; St. Paul; St. Louis; Austin, Texas, and Grand Rapids, Mich.

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