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Big Sean caps D.O.N. weekend in Detroit at Garden Bowl with family, fans

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Big Sean capped his D.O.N. Weekend of events with a bowling party Sunday night at Detroit’s Garden Bowl, where he celebrated with family, friends, fans and even a hip-hop legend.

Flavor Flav, front, has a photo taken with Big Sean, right, and Sean's parents, Myra and Jim Anderson, at a D.O.N. bowling party hosted by Big Sean at the Garden Bowl in Detroit on Aug. 18, 2019.

Flavor Flav, in town for Saturday night’s Nelly, Flo Rida and TLC concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre, was an unexpected surprise guest at the Garden Bowl gathering. Flav approached Sean in the middle of a crowd and the two embraced, shared a few words and posed for pictures.

Flav, the clock-wearing Public Enemy hypeman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, said he came to the event because he’s a fan of the Detroit rapper.

“I just wanted to meet Big Sean,” said Flav, 60, born William Drayton. “I’m a big fan of Big Sean. He stands out: his lyrics, his personality, the whole nine. I love all his records, I love how he writes. He’s one of Detroit’s best lyricists. He’s one of the best lyricists in the game, period.”

Sean arrived at the Garden Bowl on Woodward Avenue at around 8 p.m., after participating in a mental health seminar earlier in the afternoon at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan: Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus. The event also featured author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson.

Takaya Sanders, 14, of West Bloomfield, left; and Chelsea Benton, 14, of Oak Park pose for a photo with Big Sean on Sunday with Makayla Franks, 15, and Cervantes Franks, 9, both of Oak Park at a D.O.N. bowling party hosted by Big Sean at Garden Bowl in Detroit.

He was joined at the bowling alley by friends and colleagues, including his creative director Mike Carson, music video director Lawrence Lamont and internet star Demetrius Harmon.

A DJ positioned on a stage over several of the lanes spun modern and classic hip-hop tunes while Big Sean snacked on a plate of ribs and rolled a few frames with his mother, Myra, his father, James, and his older brother, Brett.

Big Sean bowls at a D.O.N. bowling party hosted by Big Sean at the Garden Bowl in Detroit on Aug. 18, 2019.

It was clear Sean was just rolling for fun, and when his lane timed out six frames in, he was carrying a score of 38. Down on the other end of the bowling alley, away from all the commotion, Flav quietly rolled a 142, which he said is down from his average of 170.

Big Sean celebrated his second annual DON Weekend, short for Detroit's On Now, kicking off Saturday at the Boys and Girls Club with hundreds of youth and their parents.

Big Sean high fives his mother, Myra Anderson, right, with his father, Jim Anderson, center, at a D.O.N. bowling party hosted by Big Sean at the Garden Bowl in Detroit on Aug. 18, 2019.

On Saturday, he unveiled the Sean Anderson Foundation Content & Production Studio, a state-of-the-art facility that will be available for use going forward by students and adults. The facility's construction was supported by a $100,000 grant from the Sean Anderson Foundation.