Category Archives: Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson receive Grammy nods; Kanye West wants to be an intern

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Jennifer Hudson received four Grammy award nominations.  Her self-titled album was nominated for best R&B album, best female R&B vocal performance, best R&B song and best R&B performace by a duo or group with vocals for her duet with fellow former American Idol contestant, Fantasia.

“It’s been a childhood dream of mine to release an album, so to receive four Grammy nominations is truly a blessing,” Hudson said in a statement.  “I’m extremely honoured and humbled by the nominations.”

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Kanye West wants to pursue a new career path, according to the New York Times website. 

“Mr. West has announced that he wants to take time off from his music career and intern at a fashion house,” said the report.  “Preferably, Louis Vuitton or Raf Simons.”

West already has a men’s shoe line for Louis Vuitton, his own Past Tell clothing line and a jewelry collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.

Michelle O. featured in OK! mag; Jennifer Hudson in Gap holiday ad

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In the latest issue of OK! magazine, Michelle Obama discussed being wife and mother to the new First Family at their new address, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.  For more, check OK! site.

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Jennifer Hudson will be featured in a new holiday ad for Gap.  The photos were taken in July before several of her family members were killed in October.  Gap considered pulling the plug on the photos but received the go ahead from Hudson to continue the campaign.

“We felt that it was really important first and foremost to respect what she wanted to do so long as she felt comfortable with her campaign being out there,” said Olivia Doyne, Gap marketing and pr director.

Trump offers refuge for Hudson

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Jennifer Hudson and her family have been staying free of charge at the Donald Trump’s International Hotel and Tower on State St. since the deaths of her mother, brother and nephew on Oct. 24. 

“She’s a great girl and we’re protecting them well,” said Trump to People magazine.  “They are very safe.”

Hudson also thanked her fans for their support on her myspace page Thursday saying,” I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughts and pravers during this difficult time.  My sister and I take great comfort and strength form your love and concern.”

The Obamas go to the White House

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President-Elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle went to tour the White House Tuesday.  His first visit since winning the presidential election.  For more than an hour, President Bush and Obama spoke alone in the Oval Office.  Laura Bush gave Michelle a tour of the living quarters where the Obama girls would live.  Michelle also toured private schools for the girls while in Washington D.C.

Hudson murder suspect may go free; R. Kelly’s relatives involved in a robbery

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William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson’s brother-in-law and a suspect in the Hudson family murders, will appear at a parole violation hearing before the Illinois Prison Review Board on Monday morning in Joliet, IL.   Balfour was convicted for attempted murder in 1999.

Balfour could be released if it is decided there is insufficient evidence that he violated his parole.

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Brayel and Brandon Kelly, nephews of R.Kelly, have been arrested and are suspects in an attempted robbery of a Calumet City barbershop.  Brayel,15, was shot in the abdomen and chest and is in intensive care at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Brayel and Brandon are two of the six children of Carey Kelly, R. Kelly’s brother.

Hudson memorial service today

There will be a public memorial service held today for Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew at the family church, Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church, 4526 S. Greenwood Ave. at 4 p.m.  Hudson and her sister Julia are not expected to attend.

As mentioned earlier, there will be a private funeral service Monday at 9 a.m. for Darnell Hudson, Julian King, and Jason Hudson at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Please keep the Hudson family in your prayers.

Hudson memorial service set; Obama rally to draw huge crowd

A mourner stands outside the Hudson home in the Englewood neighborhood.

A mourner stands outside the Hudson home in the Englewood neighborhood.

 

The .45 caliber gun found in an abandoned lot on the West Side a block away from where the body of Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew was discovered is the same caliber as the weapon used in the two murders at the Hudson home, police officials said.

On Monday, a private service will be held for Hudson’s mother, brother, and nephew at 9 a.m. at Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave.

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, a friend of Hudson, has been asked by a family friend to donate a football jersey in memorial of Hudson’s brother, Jason.

“I would like to give them a personal jersey,” Harris said to the Chicago Tribune newspaper after practice today.  “A lot of times, you try to understand things but you can’t fathom that, losing three loved ones within three days. It’s very difficult, and my prayers are with the family. It’s hard, but you just have to try not to lose faith in God.”

 

 

 

Mayor Richard Daley predicts one million people will attend the Sen. Barack Obama rally set for election night in Grant Park.  Tickets are already sold out for the event. 

Supporters are scouring the internet looking for tickets on sites such as Craigslist and Ebay with very little avail, according to the Tribune.  A waiting list has formed at www.democrats.org/electionnight.

The Chicago Park District will allow vendors to sell pizza, hot dogs, and hot chocolate.  Alcohol sales are prohibited. To accommodate the expected crowds, CTA and Metra will be adding extra buses and trains in the afternoon and evening.