The ACLU of Southern California will fete Jermaine Dupri with its 2008 Bill of Rights Award next Monday (12/8) at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The IDJ Urban music chief will be honored along with Magic Johnson. Dupri, a long time member of the board of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, has worked to repeal the Rockefeller Drug Laws, benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund and been a significant voice on the “Rap the Vote” campaign. Past honorees include Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Martin Scorsese, Rosa Parks, Antonio “LA” Reid, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Harry Belafonte, Ellen Degeneres, Oliver Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.

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Loyal reader Elena sent in this photo of herself posing with NFL star Plaxico Burress, who faces gun charges after shooting himself in the leg.

Elena wrote:

I hate that Plaxico is in so much trouble. Maybe, he'll get his act together.

Elena Mays

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While the rest of the country is mired in a recession, Barack Obama plans to buy his wife Michelle a $30,000 diamond rock encrusted ring to thank her for supporting him.

It is being reported that President-elect Barack Obama is buying his wife a new ring for her support during the election.

A spokesperson for top Italian designer Giovanni Bosco allegedly said that President-Elect Barack Obama is looking to purchase a $30,000 Harmony ring made of rhodium and encrusted with diamonds as a thank you gift to Michelle.

The future First Lady is expected to receive the ring just in time for her husband's January inauguration ceremony. (Source)

Well isn't that special? At least now we know what he's doing with some of that $600 million he raised during his campaign.

I guess thanking the little people who helped get HIM elected by putting together a stimulus package to help them keep their homes, is too much to ask?

Here is a hurried statement from the jeweler who sounds very shook! I'm sure he got an earful from Obama's goons for leaking the details of the ring to the media. Notice he doesn't deny the existence of said ring. Just says he's not talking about it anymore ...

Enrico Gamba, said via email:
I regret to inform you that because of reports so wrong and clearly different from the reality of our statements, we decided to not issue statement on this matter.

Unfortunately, we were negatively affected by national and foreign media news stories that have no basement[sic], and in excess of the objective reality. I inform you that we have no intention to disseminate more information about this story.

Sounds like some serious damage control to me. I guess the media just pulled that $30,000 figure out of the air? The fact is Enrico should not have "disseminated" the information about the ring to the media in the first place.

By the way, in case you don't believe the price:

Rhodium is one of the world's rarest and most precious metals, only about 25 tons of rhodium are mined each year, setting the price at over $7,660 per ounce -- or about ten times the cost of gold.

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Cornerback Rod Hood of Arizona Cardinals w/#1 fan Tanya Harris in Columbus, GA (his hometown) for the holidays.

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Ashanti and her main man Nelly made a cute couple at Nelly's 3rd Annual Black & White Ball in St. Louis last night.

Here's Beyonce looking casket fresh at the NY premiere of Cadillac Records. I don't know what Bey is wearing, but blame her mama Tina Knowles for that frightful mess. Beyonce has nothing on Morticia Adams or Marilyn Munster, both of whom could take a curtain and make it look like a haute couture dress.

Gabrielle Union and her mom walked the red carpet at the NY premiere of Cadillac Records. I can't say anything bad about a woman who has such great taste in bags!

Sean Combs stylist Andre Leon Talley went for a conservative, grown up look for Sean who attended the Cadillac Records NY premiere last night. Andre picked out this 3/4 length wool coat with a faux fur-lined collar and a cashmere turtleneck sweater to complete the trendy Metrosexual look.

Akon did his thing onstage during his Myspace concert at Club China in NYC following the Cadillac Records premiere last night. Atlanta was definitely representing in NY last night.

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A suspect has been arrested in the beating death of a popular Arkansas tv news anchorwoman.

Anne Pressly, 26, was found clinging to life in the bedroom of her bungalow by her mother, who went to check on her when she didn't answer her wake up call.

Pressly suffered blunt force trauma to her head, neck and chest in what police said was a random home invasion gone horribly wrong. Pressly was beaten so severely, she was barely recognizable. She died five days later in a hospital intensive care unit without ever regaining consciousness.

Police say someone used the victim's ATM card at a gas station after the beating. For four weeks police had no suspect in the case.

Then on November 26, Curtis Lavelle Vance, 28, was arrested about 90 minutes after Little Rock police held a press conference and aired his picture on the evening news.

Police said Vance was in the company of a woman, three kids and a gun with "lots of ammunition." Police were tipped off to his location at a home in Marianna, a small town about 100 miles east of Little Rock. He was unarmed and offered no resistance.

Police say Vance had acquaintances in Little Rock and was familiar with the area. Vance's DNA was used to identify him, but police would not say how they obtained his DNA. Pressly's parents revealed she had been sexually assaulted during the attack.

“This is a very, very solid case built on solid detective work,” Chief Stuart Thomas of the Little Rock Police Department said at the news conference. "We're going to be very tight-lipped on this case, pre-trial." Source

Chicago police finally charged William Balfour, 27, with murder in the triple homicides of actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. Balfour was married to Hudson's sister Julia Hudson.

After allowing the state to babysit their only suspect for five weeks, the CPD took Balfour into custody yesterday afternoon at the Illinois state prison where he has been held on a parole violation since October 26.

Police are now saying Balfour acted alone when he gunned down Jennifer Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29, in their South side home on October 24.

Hudson's nephew, Julian King, 7, was found shot to death inside his uncle's stolen SUV on October 27. There was evidence that the child had been tortured before he died. The fingers on his right hand were fractured and his hand was so severely lacerated and bloody that police originally thought it had been severed.

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The bizarre shooting case of NY Giants' star wide receiver Plaxico Burress has taken on a new twist. In addition to investigating a NY Giants team member for conspiracy to cover up the shooting, the police are now focusing on hospital workers in the ER at NY hospital/Cornell Medical Center for not reporting Burress' gunshot wound as required by law.

TMZ has learned the New York State Department of Health has launched an investigation to determine if the hospital that treated Plaxico Burress engaged in a conspiracy to hide information.

The Department of Health -- which licenses New York-Cornell Hospital -- began its investigation after reports that hospital workers failed to report the gunshot wound, as required by New York law.

According to state law, failing to report a gunshot injury to cops is a class A misdemeanor. Source

In addition to the police investigation, if the hospital is found to have violated its own policy of reporting gun and knife injuries to law enforcement, the state will cite the hospital and assess a hefty fine.

Both candidates in tomorrow's Senate runoff election brought out the big dogs today. GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss was joined by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who attended 4 rallies culminating at the Gwinnett Center late today.

Meanwhile rappers T.I., Young Jeezy and Ludacris braved 30+ degree temps to campaign for Democrat Jim Martin at the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta.

All three rappers took the podium to urge their fans to vote for Martin who is in a tight race with Chambliss.

At stake is complete control of Congress for the Democrats if Martin comes from behind to win.

That is hardly likely since polls show Chambliss ahead with a comfortable margin. But it's great to see the young brothers on quite a different stage than what they are used to.

The fact that Jeezy, Luda and T.I. joined together to lend their support to a political cause that they think is important to our community shows just how far they've come as men, fathers and responsible citizens!

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President-elect Barack Obama has named his one-time political rival, New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as his secretary of state. Clinton is expected to resign her Senate seat to prepare to lead U.S. foreign policy in the latest chapter in her long career. VOA's Deborah Tate reports from Washington.

Many observers are praising President-elect Obama's choice for secretary of state.

They said Hillary Clinton comes to the job with name recognition and a familiarity with foreign policy as a result of her service on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were not always in agreement on foreign policy during their bitter campaign fight for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination -- as was evident during their debate in February:

OBAMA: "On what I believe was the single most important foreign policy decision of this generation -- whether or not to go to war in Iraq -- I believe I showed the judgment of a commander in chief. And I think that Senator Clinton was wrong in her judgments on that." Source