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Lolo Jones says Blake Griffin is bad kisser

The Detroit Pistons newest player, Blake Griffin, may be hot on the court, but Olympian Lolo Jones said on Instagram he’s a “terrible kisser.” Jones was tagged in a comment that said she had “a thing” for Griffin. “Nah, I went on a date with him,” she responded. “Worst date of my life and he’s a terrible kisser.” The comment comes from Jones’ official account, so the fact that this is coming from her can hardly be disputed. What can be questioned, though, are reports that Griffin’s current girlfriend, Kendall Jenner, is happy he’s been traded to Detroit from the Los Angeles Clippers. An unnamed source close to HollywoodLife.com says Jenner was “secretly relieved and happy” that Griffin was traded, and added that the pair’s relationship was “not very serious.”

Jemele Hill calls on Detroit celebs to send kids to see ‘Black Panther’

ESPN “SportsCenter” host and Detroit native Jemele Hill is calling on a few prominent Detroiters to help kids in the community see “Black Panther.” “Would also love @JalenRose @BigSean @Eminem @realchriswebber to join me and making sure kids from our neighborhoods see Black Panther,” Hill tweeted Tuesday. “We can do this.” Hill said to her 982,000 Twitter followers that she was looking to do her part to help kids see the new Marvel movie, which opens Feb. 16.

Kim K. causes stir with new Instagram photos

Reality star Kim Kardashian caused buzz this week with a series of Instagram photos that show off her new braided hairstyle and much else. One photo even showed her topless with a blurred nipple; another depicted her lying on a bed, wearing a thong looking at photos of herself. Blogger Perez Hilton asked his social media followers what they thought of the new look. “I’m confused” Lindsay Lohan said. Kim clapped back quickly: “You know what’s confusing,” she posted. “Your sudden foreign accent.” Several people online accused Kardashain of cultural appropriation because of her braids, partially because she called them “Bo Derek braids.” Journalist Tina Vasquez said on Twitter that Kardashian is “100 percent out here trolling Black women.”

‘Glee’ star Mark Salling commits suicide

Disgraced former “Glee” actor Mark Salling has committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree near a riverbed in a Los Angeles neighborhood, according to reports. Salling, 35, was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He was expected to go to prison for four to seven years.

Winter Blast attendance is up 10 percent

Organizers of the 2018 Meridian Winter Blast announced this week that a projected 100,000 people attended the festival in Campus Martius over the weekend. It’s the highest turnout over the past 10 years, and up 10 percent from 2017, organizers report. Winter Blast attendees also gathered 17,500 pounds of food for Matrix Human Services, which will be distributed to those in need locally. Around 19,000 of those who attended Winter Blast were also attendees of the North American International Auto Show and took advantage of the free admission with Auto Show stamp.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

Wednesday’s birthdays

John Lydon, 62

Fat Mike, 51

Portia de Rossi, 45

Kerry Washington, 41

Justin Timberlake, 37

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