Jennifer Hudson’s family members pulled a fast one on the paparazzi today.

It all began when Jennifer’s security detail called ahead to officials at the Cook County medical examiner’s office to alert them that Jennifer and her family were on their way to identify the body of her 7-year-old nephew.

At the appointed hour, two black SUV’s pulled out of the parking garage of the Chicago Trump Tower hotel followed by a convoy of paparazzi. The trucks split up with most of the paps following the truck with the police escort.

As it turned out, that truck contained a family member acting as a decoy for Jennifer Hudson. When the truck returned to the hotel, the woman got out of the truck and triumphantly pulled off her wig to the delight of other family members.

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[UPDATED Oct. 27, 2008 7:20 pm]

According to TMZ.com, a distraught Jennifer Hudson arrived at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office moments ago to identify the body of her nephew, Julian King, 7.

Around 4 p.m. Eastern Standard time, two black SUVs believed to be carrying Hudson family members pulled out of the basement garage of the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago. An unmarked police squad car left shortly after that, followed by a crowd of about a dozen people who left through the luxury hotel’s lobby and declined comment.

Soon after, the SUVs arrived at the offices of the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The vehicles left the scene about 4:54 p.m. EST. (Source)

Chicago police brought Julian’s body to the medical examiner’s office shortly after noon today and Hudson and other family members arrived about three hours later, said office spokesman Sean Howard.

When the group entered a viewing room at the office Hudson held her head down, as if praying, he said. The family then identified Julian via a video screen mounted on a wall that showed his face. The family chose the video screen option rather than looking directly at the body, Howard said.

The family was “obviously distraught,” but Howard said Hudson “remained strong for her family. It was very clear she was the leader.

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”

When they saw the boy’s face on the screen, Hudson told investigators, “Yes, that is him,” Howard said.

Sources say earlier today police told Hudson and her family that the body of the boy found in the back of a truck on Chicago’s West Side was Julian.

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More details are emerging in the brutal murder of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s nephew, Julian King: according to Chicago’s Newsradio780, the FBI said the body found in a white Suburban is that of Julian King.

The Chicago Tribune cites law enforcement sources who say the body was found on the floor in the back seat of the white Chevrolet Suburban police were looking for in their search for 7-year-old Julian King.

Sources said that the boy was shot twice in the head and also suffered head trauma. The boy was wearing basketball shorts and a white T shirt when found. Police believe the boy was shot to death inside the Suburban. Police are testing the clothing of a man in custody for gunshot residue. The clothing is believed to belong to William Balfour, Jennifer Hudson’s bother-in-law.

Balfour was taken into custody at a girlfriend’s home hours after the bodies were found. Sources say the girlfriend contradicted his alibi. Police say they’ve also caught him in at least one other lie. Police were able to track his whereabouts Friday through cell phone records, sources said. The girlfriend lives two miles from where the truck was found.

Hudson family members are on their way to the Cook County medical examiner’s office this afternoon to identify the body. Police Supt. Jody Weis will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today.

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Her name is Darlene Ortiz. But 20 years ago, she was known simply as “Darlene”.

All Darlene ever did to earn her spot in the annals of Hip Hop history was pose half naked for the cover of her husband’s 2nd studio album.

Darlene’s image on the cover of Ice T’s 1987 album “Power” propelled sales of the album through the roof. Her curves earned her praise from men and women alike.

Twenty years later, Darlene reenacted her infamous album pose for KING magazine. From the photos, we see that Darlene, now in her 40s, still has it. Video models today with their super sized man-made parts look like cartoon caricatures in comparison to Darlene from back in the day. She was perfect.

There’s not a video model out today who can measure up to the Darlene of 1987 — and she wasn’t even black!

Blogger Ed Dunn, owner of Dreamandhustle.com, responded to comments received on this post where I noted Julia Hudson’s affinity for the low life thug mentality:

    My deepest condolence and prayers goes out to the Jennifer/Julia Hudson family and others involved because not many of us can truly understand the pain they are going through right now. To lose a mother and brother so violently, so quickly and not knowing where a young member of your family is devastating and emotionally irreversible. No one can recover from something like that, at best, we can cope with it but we need to count our blessings while we here because no one is guaranteed tomorrow.

    Over at SandraRose.com, the following comment was made on the blog entry:

    According to Illinois Dept. of Corrections, William Balfour, 27, was out on probation after serving 7 years in prison for attempted murder and car jacking. Jennifer’s sister Julia, who is a Chicago bus driver, saw the perfect thug in William with whom she had 7-year-old Julian.

    And a few comments reacted to that statement:

    The Divine Ms. K Says:
    “Horribly sad and prayers out to the family, but why the comment on how Jennifer’s sister saw the ‘perfect thug’ in the brother-in-law? Was that necessary to say?”

    dave Says:
    “…The perfect thug in Williams, was that really called for?”

    To those comments and anyone else who think SandraRose.com comments were unnecessary and uncalled for, I’ll be happy to answer that question – you damn right it was necessary and called for to point that out. There is a glorification in the Black community by Black women to date these thug scumbags and try to dismiss good brothas out there. Then when ish goes predictably bad, cats don’t want to talk about it. I’m tired of that kind of nonsense in the Black community – that’s why our communities are so f*cked up because people want to walk around pretending ish, playing with fire and act shocked when things go predictably wrong.

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According to online reports, the FBI is close to identifying the body of the child found in a white SUV registered to the slain brother of actress Jennifer Hudson.

The body has arrived at the medical examiner’s office and officials are awaiting the arrival of the Hudson family to make a positive ID.

According to Chicago news reports, Jennifer Hudson is said to be “devastated”. Hudson had offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her nephew, Julian King, who went missing the same day Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death in their home on Friday.

A press conference is expected after identification has been made.

The body was found in the back seat of a white Chevrolet Suburban that police were looking for in their search for the missing 7-year-old.

Residents in the neighborhood where the truck was found question why police didn’t find the truck sooner.

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[UPDATED Oct. 27, 2008 11:21 am]

A child’s body was found in a white GMC Suburban at 1313 S. Kolin Avenue on the West Side of Chicago this morning. According to neighbors, police at the scene identified the body as that of Julian King, 7, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

His mother Julia Hudson, 31, was accepting friend requests on her Myspace page this morning at least an hour after the boy’s body was found.

The truck was found about 13 miles from Jennifer Hudson’s childhood home where the bodies of her mother and brother were found shot to death early Friday (SEE MAP).

A neighbor called police at 3 am this morning to report the vehicle had been in the neighborhood since Saturday. The neighbor looked in the truck’s window and spotted the decomposing body of a boy. William Balfour, who is estranged from Hudson’s sister Julia Hudson, was arrested late Friday at the home of his pregnant girlfriend — a few miles from where the truck was found.

Balfour was released to the dept. of corrections early Sunday for violating his probation in a case unrelated to the murders. He was not charged.

The truck was towed from the scene an hour ago. A Chicago police spokesman released no information about the discovery.

An Amber Alert was issued Friday after Julian was reported missing after a family member found his grandmother and uncle shot to death inside the family’s home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue.

Missing from the home was Jennifer Hudson’s brother’s 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859.

(Source)

Beyonce introduced her alter-ego Sasha Fierce in this promo photo (if you want to see more, Google ’em).

Isn’t an alter ego supposed to be different from your other self?

Sasha Fierce looks like a tranny in a horrible lacefront wig — which isn’t much different from how Beyonce looks every day. Was that harsh, Ciara? Oh, and those awful patent leather S&M booties make her feet look deformed. Her stylist needs her azz beat for that.


Comedian Chris Rock and his daughter Zahra Savannah, 3, attended the L.A. premiere of “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” at the Mann Village Theatre on October 26, 2008 in Westwood, California. His wife Malaak was there too.



Actor Will Smith, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and their family arrive on the Red Carpet of the Los Angeles Premiere of the “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” at the Mann Village Theatre. That little girl is too grown.



The View co-host Sherri Shepard and her family arrive on the Red Carpet of the Los Angeles Premiere of the “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa”.



Dancing with the Stars contestant Toni Braxton arrived at the premiere with her beautiful family. As you know her husband is musician Keri Lewis, formerly of the group Mint Condition. Their sons are Denim and Diezel, who was diagnosed with autism.

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Once again, a black man reacts with his fists first rather than using his brains. Even in a grainy video, anyone can see that the other boy was mentally retarded and functioning at a 5-year-old level. Clearly, the 4-year-old wasn’t injured or afraid. The 4-year-old handled the situation better than his hotheaded dad.

As the search for Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew intensified over the weekend, many are turning a wary eye toward the boy’s mother — Jennifer’s older sister, Julia Hudson.

Julian King went missing the same day his grandmother and uncle were gunned down in their Englewood home early Friday (10/24). He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Questions first started to arise early Saturday morning when it appeared that Julia logged into her Myspace page to accept friend requests.

In an emotional plea Saturday for the safe return of her son, Julia King appeared well-rested and her hair was immaculately laid. Now I’m not judging Julia Hudson, but I can’t see a grieving mother sitting in a beauty salon for hours while her hair is curled and spritzed.

Add to this the fact that Julia reportedly returned home from work Friday to find the body of her mother lying on the living room floor. But Hudson is a school bus driver and Friday was a teacher work day in Chicago. Meaning, school was out for children.

Also, when she made her public plea Saturday, Hudson seemed to know that her son’s abductor was not her estranged husband. William Balfour was arrested late Friday but never charged.

Balfour was turned over to the state dept. of corrections on Sunday for violating his parole in a case unrelated to the murders. A judge could set him free as early as this week.

It’s obvious that Balfour is no longer a suspect or he would still be in police custody. Chicago police forensics technicians dusted the front door and inside the home for fingerprints and didn’t find any belonging to Balfour.

All of this is leading to speculation that Julia is somehow involved.

Jennifer Hudson has offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her nephew. Police are still looking for a 1994 white Chevy Suburban with license plate: X58-4859. Anyone with information is asked to call Chicago police.

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R&B singer Sammie accepted rapper Soulja Boy’s $50,000 Madden ’09 challenge. The two met up in an Atlanta recording studio yesterday to lay down tracks for Sammie’s upcoming album.

If you didn’t see Soulja Boy’s open challenge, click here.

Sammie, who’s flush with cash from royalties and shows, said it’s nothing for him to put up 50 stacks to prove who’s King of the South in Madden ’09.

According to Sammie, Bow Wow still hasn’t ante’d up the $100,000 he lost to rapper The Game in a recent Madden ’09 challenge.

In the video, Sammie says if he wins Soulja Boy’s $50,000, he’s taking the whole Empire Entertainment crew to Neiman Marcus at Lenox Square Mall.

So I talked to his management to see if that was true and they told me the money will go to Sammie’s Kids, a non-profit foundation set up by Sammie and Empire Ent. to pay inner city school kids for bringing home good grades.

May the better man win! :)

Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson is offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her 7-year-old nephew Julian King:

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson has announced that she and her family are offering a $100,000 reward for the return of her 7-year-olf nephew Julian King, who has been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were found shot to death Friday at their Englewood home.

“We ask that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Wentworth Area Detective Division at 312/747-8380,” said the statement from Hudson’s publicist. “Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian.” (Source)

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