While his relationship with troubled rapper T.I. might be the most public, for the past year, civil rights icon Andrew Young has also quietly served as a mentor for singer/actor Tyrese. As a thank you to Young, the “Transformers” star has readjusted his schedule this weekend so he can fly from Los Angeles to New York to perform at Friday night’s Lifetime Emmy Award ceremony honoring the former Atlanta mayor.
We’re told the pair first met last year through Operation HOPE founder John Bryant (the actor was in town for months shooting “Fast Five” the fifth installment of “The Fast and Furious” car heist movie franchise with Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker).
Tyrese will perform a tribute song to Young at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers Friday night just before former NBC News anchor and author Tom Brokaw presents the former United Nations ambassador with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 2011 Trustees Award (purchase tickets here).
Others slated to pay tribute to Young include Amelia Boynton, who at age 99, is considered the mother of the civil rights movement in Selma, Alabama where she, along with now-Congressman John Lewis, were badly beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.
Some of Young’s Emmy dinner guests are already in the Big Apple. Home run king and veteran Braves executive Henry Aaron paid a visit Wednesday night to “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
Letterman and Aaron immediately bonded over their shared disdain for the ever-growing length of the average baseball game these days. Said Aaron: “In the 7th, 8th and 9th inning now, you may see three or four pitchers go out to pitch for one batter. Back when I was playing, at that point, you could call up your wife or your girlfriend and tell them to put supper on because you’d be home shortly. You can’t do that anymore. Somewhere we’ve got to shorten the game up a little bit.”
Added Letterman: “I’ve been saying the same exact thing for the past 15 years. I mean, you could leave in the 3rd inning, go out, look for an apartment, come back and the game is still going on!”