And the weekend begins …

Published 12:13 am Saturday, July 9, 2016

A pair of football brothers from Port Arthur made it possible for celebrities to take the stage Friday night for their family foundation, which supports community development and scholarships.

Brothers Jonathan (Atlanta Falcons defensive end) and Jordan Babineaux (retired Seattle Seahawks safety), who are entertainment producers, kicked off a weekend where comedy, music and basketball come together. The Julie Rogers Theater in Beaumont played host to the Love & Laughter Comedy Show and Concert on Friday. A Houston-area DJ got the audience warmed up before emcee and comedian Todd Sanderson took the stage. Port Arthur native Nate Mingo, pictured, was one of four comedians who brought the laughs before R&B star Tank performed later in the night.

At 5 p.m. today, the Babineauxs will host the Celebrity All-Star Classic basketball game at the Carl Parker Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Rapper Bun B and Destiny’s Child singer Letoya Luckett will be celebrity coaches, with former professional players Stephen Jackson and Tina Thompson and New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins taking to the court along with former NFL players Bobby Taylor and Ken Hamlin. Tickets are $5-10.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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