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The Hudson Family & Friends Attend Family's Funeral Services

Jennifer Hudson and family attended the funeral services of Darnell Hudson, Jason Hudson, and Julian King today in Chicago. Fantasia was on hand to sing And Rev. Jesse Jackson, Queen Latifah, Oprah, and many others came to show support to the Hudson family. The Chicago Tribune has a recap.
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LATE BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama's Grandmother Dies

Barack and his Grandmother Madelyn and Grandfather Stanley on his graduation day in 1979

Just one day before she would possibly see her grandson elected as the next President of the United States, Barack Obama's ailing Grandmother has died.  Madelyn Payne, who Barack credits as the main person who raised him, lost her long time battle to cancer early this morning.
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Late Def Jam VP Shakir Stewart's Family Speaks Out

Shakir Stewart's family has released a statement, along with his fiance Michelle Rivers, about his apparent suicide over the weekend.  The family has stated that his behavior over the past few weeks was very much out of the norm for him and seemed to be in extremely deep pain despite help from family and friends: On Sunday (November 2), his fiancée, Michelle Rivers, released a joint statement with the rest of his family.
"We would like to thank Shak
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Kelly Rowland's New Album+Tyra Is Team Obama+Alicia Keys Covers Luire+The Hudson Family Memorial Services

Kelly is still going at the music thing.  She's already recording her next album.  I'm almost forgetting what this chick looks like since she rarely shows her face here in the states anymore.  So I wonder how that's going to affect her future album sales.  Sources report: Kelly Rowland is plotting an April 2009 release for her upcoming 3rd album on Music World Entertainment / Columbia Records. The yet to be titled follow-up to “Ms.
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R.I.P.: Def Jam VP Shakir Stewart

In surprising and unfortunate news, Vice President of Def Jam Shakir Stewart was found dead of a self-inflicted gun shot in the head at his New York apt. around 8p Saturday night. Stewart replaced Jay-Z in the VP position just this past June. The Def Jam Music Group has put out the following official statement:
L.A.
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UPDATES: The Hudson Family, Keri Hilson & Ciara

Jennifer and her 7 year old nephew Julian
Jennifer Hudson and her sister, Julia Hudson, established a foundation to benefit families of slain victims. Here's the info from the Chicago Sun Times:
The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims will provide basic needs such as food and shelter as well as grief counseling for victims of crime, according to the Jennifer's publicist.
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The Case Builds Against William Balfour & Other Details About The Tragedy

Well it looks like criminal issues run in the Balfour family.  Reports state that William Balfour's father is currently serving a 30 year sentence for murder, while Balfour's brother is served time for drug dealing.  Authorities are currently holding Balfour on a parole violation--and it's supposedly because he missed his mandatory anger management classes and substance abuse courses.
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