Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Law & Order SVU: Ice-T in the News

(Sorry, no pics of CoCo were decent enough for this blog)

Probably one of the weirdest Super Bowl parties that I’ve ever heard of – and one that doesn’t seem to fit the man – was Ice-T’s “Tupper-bowl” party. It seems that Law & Order SVU’s Ice-T and his wife, Coco, partnered with Tupperware to host the first ever 'Tupper-bowl' party. According to a PR Newswire press release:

“The Tupperware Tailgate celebrated the culmination of an incredible football season for the New York Giants and the upcoming Super Bowl, as well as raised money for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of America.

The party was held in a private lounge at Jay-Z's 40/40 club in New York and was the place to see and be seen. Over 200 guests were in attendance and celebrity highlights included: Oscar-winner, Tatum O'Neal; Sex and the City star, Chris Noth; Law and Order SVU stars Adam Beach and B.D. Wong; Frank Whaley from The Wire, and NBA players Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets and Jason Williams of the Miami Heat.

"Tupperware unites us all. Tupperware's going to save the world," proclaimed party host, Ice-T. "We're all here tonight to root on our home team, have some fun and raise money for our local Boys & Girls Club friends."

Guests enjoyed "Tuppertini" cocktails and "bowl-food" themed hors d'oeuvres served in Tupperware, and danced to music provided by celebrity DJ, D-Nice. The crowd was treated to impromptu performances by Ice-T and renowned hip-hop legends such as Positive K, Smoothe Da Hustler, Khrist, Grandmaster Caz, Kool Herc, and Melly Mel.”

Now really – is Tupperware going to unite us all and save the world? Hmmm, don’t think that’s the answer.

In a separate news story, the Arizona Republic reports that Ice-T and his wife CoCo bought a home in the southern area of Chandler, Arizona. The Arizona Republic says:

“Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T and his swimsuit-model wife have purchased a home in a cozy south Chandler neighborhood, a place where they plan to unwind away from the celebrity limelight by blending into a sea of HOA-regulated color schemes.

Nicole "CoCo" Marrow, who seven years ago married the former Cop Killer rapper who now plays a cop on TV, bought a home in Carino Estates in October.

The real-estate purchase, she said, will put an end to six years of renting property in Tempe.

CoCo is from the area. Ice-T has a son who lives in the Valley. So, every winter and summer, during breaks from filming Law and Order: Special Victims Unit in New Jersey, the pair sojourn to the Valley.

"It's an escape out of the celebrity zone of New York or LA," Ice-T said, adding that it's close enough to Los Angeles and Las Vegas to make quick business trips.

Marrow bought the four-bedroom, two-bath house, a regular 2,447-square-foot Shea tract home largely indistinguishable from others on the street, for $435,000.

But neighbors say the celebrity couple have been renovating over the past several weeks and appear to be having extensive work done to the interior.

News of the famous folks moving in already is spreading on the street, which is in an ungated, unremarkable south Chandler neighborhood.

"My husband and I, we think it's very cool that somebody that we grew up with has moved into our neighborhood," said Nicole Hawkins, who lives across the street and owned an Ice-T cassette tape back in the day. "I saw him having CoCo pull her car into the garage, and I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, are you kidding me?'

"We just think it's a cool thing around here."

Others on the block are less familiar with Ice-T's reputation as a founder of early-'90s gangsta rap but, instead, know him for his role as Detective Fin Tutuola from Law and Order.

"I do watch the show," said Judy Goddard, a real-estate agent who added that, when she first heard the news, she wasn't sure who Ice-T was.

Now, she said, she thinks it's neat to have a celebrity buy a house across the street, even if Ice-T and his wife won't be living there year-round.

Despite the couple's celebrity status, the quiet neighborhood northeast of Queen Creek and Alma School roads should fit the lifestyle the pair lead while in Arizona: mostly catching movies, eating out and going to the mall, CoCo said.

Ice-T, she said, plays a lot of Xbox while here.

"When we're at home in New York, it's more like we're always going, going, going," CoCo said. "When we're settled in Arizona, it's more like we're doing a lot of eating and chilling. It's a really kicked-back, laid-back place."

After discussing their new digs with a reporter, CoCo handed the phone to her husband. There was still one question that hadn't been answered: Why this neighborhood?

"Who said I bought a house in Chandler?" he shot back.

Maricopa County public records, he was reminded.

"That's all you're going to get from Ice." "

That's probably a good thing.

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