Spotted: Lil Mama Gives Thanks

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Lil Mama got a bit of a bad rap after she jumped up on stage during Jay-Z’s performance with Alicia Keys at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Sure, she wasn’t invited up on stage while the duo performed “Empire State of Mind,” but at least she didn’t confiscate the microphone the way another VMA party crasher did earlier in the evening. Following the incident, she said that she was so overcome with the awesomeness of the song (and of Brooklyn, her home borough) that she couldn’t help but join Jigga and Keys. Mama should be cut a break, partially because she is responsible for “Lipgloss” (which isn’t showing up on very many end-of-decade lists but really, really should) and partially because she took time out to volunteer at the New York City Rescue Mission on Thanksgiving. Lil Mama truly represents for her community — how can anybody stay mad at that?

She wasn’t the only star giving back on Thanksgiving, as “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu volunteered at the Los Angeles Mission and Jay Rock helped hand out turkeys at Nickerson Gardens in Los Angeles. Click here for these pictures plus the entire “Spotted!” archvie, which features over 250 candid shots of stars like Britney Spears, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, the Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Shakira and Mariah Carey!