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)

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.

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)

Photos: TMZ.com/Myspace.com

According to online reports, Chicago police have transferred custody of the "person of interest" in the murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother to the state Dept. of Corrections.

From the beginning, William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia Hudson, was believed to be the gunman who shot and killed Darnell Donerson, 57, and her son Jason Hudson, 29, in their Englewood home on Friday.

But Balfour's mother and other family members insisted he didn't commit the homicides.

Hudson's 7-year old nephew Julian King disappeared from the home after the murders and police believed he was in the company of Balfour, who was arrested Friday at the home of his pregnant girlfriend.

Following his arrest, Balfour's status was downgraded from "suspect" to "person of interest." He was never charged in the case.

In an emotional plea Saturday for the safe return of her son, Julia Hudson seemed to suggest that someone other than her estranged husband may have abducted the child.

Balfour remained in custody Sunday, but Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said he would be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections "based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation."

This move by the Chicago police signifies that the police did not have confidence or sufficient evidence to charge Balfour in the case.

Another troubling aspect is that two cars were reported missing from the crime scene. Police found a green Chrysler Concorde about a mile from the murder scene on Friday night. The car had been listed in the Amber Alert issued for King and Balfour.

The search is still on for Julian King and a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban belonging to Jason Hudson. The FBI has joined in the search.

On Saturday, Jennifer Hudson took to her Myspace blog to make a personal plea for the public's help in finding her nephew.

She also posted two pictures of the boy in the shirt he was wearing when he was last seen.

Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia Hudson made an emotional plea today for the return of her son who has been missing since yesterday afternoon when Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death in their home.

Questions had been raised concerning Julia's whereabouts when it appeared that someone logged into her Myspace page to accept friend requests this morning:

The older sister of actress Jennifer Hudson pleaded for the return of her missing son at the family's church on the South Side of Chicago.

Julia Hudson made the public plea Saturday for her 7-year-old son, Julian King, who was reported missing Friday from the family's home. The same day, Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death in the home.

Julia Hudson said Jennifer Hudson flew to Chicago after learning the news and the sisters have "been together since."

The 31-year-old woman spoke from the church podium with the boy's father, Greg King, at her side. She said her son "doesn't deserve this."

“All I ask, I don’t care who you are, just let my baby go. Please. I just want my son,” the actress’ sister, Julia Hudson, said in a tearful plea for the safe return of her son at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church, the family’s church.

Asked if anyone would want to take the boy, she said, “I don’t know. I don’t care. I just want him back.”

Julian’s father, Greg King, spoke outside the church briefly. “I just want my son,” King said. “He needs to come home.”

Julia Hudson said her son was very close to his grandmother, who took care of him when Hudson went to work.

Speaking to the public, Hudson said, “I want you to keep your eyes and your ears open.”

Hudson said the deaths of her mother and brother has left her close-knit family “in a state of shock.”

“It hurts,” she said. “I don’t know what else to do besides pray.”

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[UPDATED 4:57 PM]

Arrow points to a bullet hole in the front door of the home owned by Jennifer Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson who was found shot to death yesterday. Police say the assailant fired through the door hitting Hudson's brother Jason Hudson, 29 (inset). Donerson was shot when she entered the living room after hearing the shot. Police found Jason's body in a bedroom. An autopsy completed today showed defensive wounds on his body. Hudson's brother-in-law William Balfour, 27, is in police custody but he has not been charged in the murders. Jennifer Hudson visited the morgue overnight with family members to identify her mother and her brother. Hudson's 7-year-old nephew Julian King is still missing. The FBI has been called in to help in the search for Julian. (Source)

[UPDATED 11:00 AM]

The body of Jennifer Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson was found by Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia around 2:45 PM yesterday. Julia called 911 to report the shooting. She also reported her 7-year-old son missing. Police arriving on the scene found Hudson's brother Jason shot to death in a bedroom. An Amber Alert issued for little Julian King is still in effect. Anyone who has seen a white Chevy Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 is asked to call Chicago police immediately.  (Source)

The suspect in the slayings of actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother is now in custody.

Police arrested William Balfour, 27, last night in Chicago. Balfour's mother, Michelle, said her son had been married to Hudson's sister, Julia, 29, for several years, but they were separated. She also said Donerson had ordered him to move out of the family's home last winter.

A relative found the body of Darnell Donerson, 57, lying on her living room floor around 2:45 PM yesterday. Police arriving on the scene found the body of Jason Hudson, 27, in a bedroom of the home he shared with his mother. Both victims had been shot multiple times. The front door was unlocked.

Police made several arrests last night but no one has been charged in the case according to law enforcement sources who spoke to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times. Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said investigators were talking to "a number of people in custody" but she declined to elaborate.

The whereabouts of Julia Hudson's 7-year-old son, Julian King, is still unknown. An Amber Alert was issued for Julian yesterday. The boy was initially thought to be Balfour's son, but Balfour was incarcerated during the time Julian was conceived.

Balfour was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison for attempted murder and car jacking in 1999. He was paroled in 2006. Julian was born in 2001.

Published reports indicated William may have stolen Julia's car in recent weeks and was barred from the family home as a result. In a caption posted under a photo of her brother Jason, Julia noted that Jason was picking her up from her job where she worked as a school bus driver because, "William bitch ass sold my car."

Paul Ciliano, a former Chicago police officer and CBS News consultant, said the Englewood neighborhood where the crimes were committed is "probably the toughest neighborhood in the city of Chicago.

"This is notoriously violent area, the most shootings and car hijackings and tough-and-rumble place on the South Side of Chicago," he told Early Show anchor Priya David.

Members at the church where the tight-knit family worshiped said Jennifer Hudson offered to move her mother out of the area, but Donnerson refused to leave.

"These are such difficult times," said the family's pastor, Rev. Willie R. Davis, of the Progressive Baptist Church. "To lose a mother and a brother at one time — and then to lose them under these circumstances would be difficult for anyone. We just have to wait until the opportunity permits that we can sit down with them and have prayer. Jennifer is a very strong lady. She is deep-rooted in her faith. We know that through it all, she will get through."

CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers reports that Hudson returned to Chicago last night after news of the deaths. But her sister Julia was still accepting friend requests on her Myspace page as recently as this morning. She is said to be "numb".

Hudson recently announced her engagement to David Otunga, best known for his stint on VH1's reality show "I Love New York."

The star is asking for privacy in her time of grief. Her Web site jenniferhudsononline.com is already filled with condolence notes.

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I will update this post throughout the day.

7-year-old Julian King is still missing

Jennifer Hudson, left, poses with her brother Jason, sister Julia, and half sister Dinah, far right

Jennifer, right, with brother-in-law William Balfour, who is suspected of killing her mother and brother

William Balfour in an undated photo

All photos: Myspace.com


Jennifer Hudson, left, with her mother Darnell Donerson, center, and her sister Julia. Police are looking for Julia's husband William Balfour (inset), a suspect in the deaths of Donerson and her son Jason

[UPDATED 10/24/08, 8:41 PM]

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. Police are looking for William and his son. Julia's employer tells TMZ.com she worked her shift today but hasn't been seen or heard from since.

[UPDATED 10/24/08, 8:21 PM]

From TMZ.com: Police are looking for William Balfour (bottom left), who they claim could be with the missing 7-year-old. According to records, Balfour listed Hudson's mother's address as a place of residence within the last year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections website, Balfour is currently on parole after serving jail time for attempted murder.


[UPDATED 10/24/08, 7:53 PM]

According to the LATimes blog, Jennifer Hudson is in Los Angeles to shoot a music video for her new album on Monday. She is expected back in Chicago later tonight.

Chicago police issued an all points bulletin for William Balfour who is driving a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with the license plate X584859 or a teal/green Chrysler Concord four-door sedan with a left front headlight hanging off and scratches on all along the left side with temporary tags 332K823.

The SUV was reportedly missing from the area of a home where Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death earlier today.

A relative found the bodies of Darnell Donerson, 57, and her son Jason around 2:44 PM today. Police say they are looking for a Balfour, who is believed to be the husband of Jennifer Hudson's sister Julia. Balfour is in the company of Hudson's 7-year-old nephew Julian King -- Julia's son.

Friends say Jennifer is extremely close to her nephew who family call "Tugga Bear".

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the deaths appeared to be the result of domestic abuse, but she declined to elaborate.

A publicist for Hudson at her record label said she was not aware of any incident involving Hudson's mother. (Source)

Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother found found shot to death in their Chicago home today:

The mother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was reportedly found dead in a South Side home.

Two adults were found fatally shot at a home at 70th Street and Yale Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Willie Davis, the pastor of the Hudson family's church, Progressive Baptist, confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donnerson was one of the victims.

The other victim was a man, the Chicago Fire Department said.

Chicago police are now searching for a man and boy, believed to be driving on the North Side. The man is known as "William," has braids in his hair, and is driving a 1994 Chevy, according to police scanner traffic. The 7-year-old, known as Julian, is wearing a tan jersey with the number 5 on it, and tan slacks.

The shooting is believed to be domestic.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has been notified of the deaths of two people from a home at the address, but additional information is unavailable.

Jennifer Hudson became famous after appearing on "American Idol" in 2004. She went on to win an Oscar for her performance in the film "Dreamgirls." (Source)

Thanks to loyal readers James, Cheryl and Marni for the tips.

Photo: Wireimage/Getty

About two weeks ago, I was driving down Peachtree street heading to the Apple store at Lenox Square Mall, when this song came over my car speakers.

The lyricist's rhymes captured my imagination like no other rap song I've heard in a long time. My XM satellite radio was tuned to "The Rhyme". I glanced down at the display to see the name of the artist and title of the song.

The title of the track was "Secret Wars" by The Last Emperor. The song is a brilliant narration of a battle to the death between Marvel comic book Heroes taking on the nicest emcees in the business (Jay Z is not included, by the way).

The Last Emperor - Do You Remember
"Do You Remember" is the only rap song that brought tears to my eyes.

Let's take a moment to remember the great Levi Stubbs, former lead singer of the Four Tops who died today at age 72.

Levi Stubbs, whose distinctive, rough-hewn voice and pleading vocal style elevated the Four Tops' soul classics to masterpieces, died today at his Detroit home. He was 72.

The Michigan native had been in ill health since being diagnosed with cancer in 1995. A stroke and other health problems led him to stop touring in 2000.

Stubbs was born in Detroit and grew up with the future Tops in the city's North End. Stubbs and Abdul "Duke" Fakir sang together in a group while attending Pershing High School, while Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton attended Detroit's Northern High.

The group was formed after the four began harmonizing at a birthday party in 1954. They began practicing the next day and soon began calling themselves the Four Aims, performing mostly jazz standards.

The group's name was inspired by their goal to go to "the top." (Source)


Shawnte Wells has died after being taken off life support, according to a family member. Wells was shot by her boyfriend, David Price, 30, who drove to a Jonesboro cemetery where he turned the gun on himself.

Price's body was found lying near his mother's grave. When police went to his home to notify his next of kin, they found Wells suffering from a single gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to the hospital where she remained in critical condition without ever regaining consciousness.

She was 25-years-old. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the family.

A Georgia man who admitted to being at the scene when a police officer was killed, was given a last minute reprieve by the U.S. Supreme court less than 2 hours before he was to be put to death by lethal injection.

Troy Davis, 39, was a teenager in 1989 when officer Mark MacPhail was shot to death. MacPhail, 27, was working off-duty as a security guard at a Savannah, Georgia bus station when he rushed to the aid of a homeless man who was being pistol-whipped by three individuals.

MacPhail, who is white, was shot and killed when he confronted Davis and his accomplices.

9 witnesses identified Davis as the shooter, but 7 of the 9 witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Susan Sarandon and Pope Benedict XVI, are among the notables who have appealed on behalf of Davis.

Davis was to be executed tonight at 6 PM. The stay of execution will remain in effect while the court considers Davis' appeal.

Meanwhile, Richard "Ric Ric" Henyard, 34, is scheduled to die in Florida's electric chair tonight for the shooting deaths of two sisters and the rape and robbery of their mother.

Henyard and an accomplice, Alfonza Smalls -- who was 14 at the time -- were convicted of abducting Dorothy Lewis and her daughters, Jamilya Lewis, 7, and Jasmine Lewis, 3, from a Lake County, Florida grocery store parking lot in 1993.

Lewis was raped and shot four times. The girls were each shot in the head when they cried out for their mother. Henyard is scheduled to die at 7 PM.

Lewis is now a Pastor and motivational speaker. She does not plan to attend tonight's execution.

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An airport camera captures the tragic crash of Spanair JK 5022 while trying to take off in Madrid, Spain last month. The camera captures the plane hurtling down the runway at take off speed (250+ mph).

The airliner lifts off, but barely gains altitude as smoke begins to pour from a wing before the doomed plane crashes back to earth in a ball of flames and thick black smoke.

154 souls were lost in the crash. Don't watch if you're planning on flying any time soon.

Soul Men marks the final big screen appearance of comedian Bernie Mac and soul singer Isaac Hayes who both passed away last month.

The two legends share the screen with acting great Samuel L. Jackson in this comical farce about two surviving members of a 70s soul group (Mac and Jackson) who come out of retirement for a VH1 tribute to soul music.

If the two group members can find a way to get along, they might get lucky and score a record deal.

No new details have emerged since I told you about the death of Dr. Dre's son Andre Young Jr., 20, who was found unresponsive in his home by his mother, Nicole Young.

TMZ.com reports the younger Dre returned home early in the morning on Saturday and was later found unresponsive by his mother. The cause of death is pending. A rep tells TMZ that the famed producer is in mourning over the loss of his son.

According to an online report, the son of legendary producer Dr. Dre was found dead in his home on Saturday morning. The report named the deceased man as 20-year-old Andre Young Jr.

Dre also has a 26-year-old son, Curtis Young, a rapper who goes by the name Hood Surgeon (pictured above).

The son of legendary rap producer Dr Dre has been found dead at his home in Woodland Hills on Saturday morning.

Andre Young Jr., 20, was unresponsive when his mother went to check on him around 10 A.M., calling 911 to alert paramedics.

Young’s cause of death is pending completion of a toxicology report. (Source)

According the Associated Press, a Spanair jetliner that crashed in Madrid, Spain yesterday aborted its first takeoff attempt because of an air gauge that showed overheating in an engine.

The plane taxied back to the terminal where the maintenance staff essentially turned the gauge off. The plane crashed on its second attempt at takeoff killing 153 souls aboard.

Now doesn't that mean if the guage was turned off it could no longer measure the heat coming off the valve? See, this is why I don't fly. When that plane taxied back to the terminal that first time my ass would have got off.

There's no excuse they could give me to keep me on a plane that has rumbled down the runway with me sitting white knuckled in the seat -- and the takeoff was aborted. They only get one chance to take off and after that I'm out of there!

I'll just wait for the next plane. Those of you who fly can play with your lives if you want to.

These airlines don't care about lives, they only care about filling seats. My life is worth more to me than a plane seat and a $15 valve.

Legendary rapper Tupac Shakur once said, "bury me a G." But this deceased OG had other plans for his burial. I guess it can be said that this OG never took anything lying down. He was a stand up kinda guy.


Thanks to loyal reader Shana for the pics!

Bernie Mac's TV "wife" Kellita Smith and another mourner embrace at Bernie Mac's emotional memorial service at the House of Hope in Chicago, IL on Saturday. Thousands of mourners attended the service.

Thousands of mourners attended Bernie Mac's memorial service at the House of Hope in Chicago, IL on Saturday


The Rev. Jesse Jackson and comedian Chris Rock attended the service.


Comedian Bruce Bruce



Comedian Cedric The Entertainer (left)

Photos: Wireimage/Getty

Now that Bernie Mac has been laid to rest, a friend of the comedian is speaking out about the unfair criticism leveled at the funnyman by presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The friend believes the criticism by Obama broke his heart and sent Mac to an early grave.

Mac, 50, died last week from complications due to Sarcoidosis after being diagnosed with pneumonia and hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for three weeks. The beloved comedian was a longtime supporter of Obama.

Last month, Obama invited Mac to perform his stand up comedy routine at a fundraiser in Chicago. But Mac's jokes didn't go over well with the audience of stiff shirts at the Hyatt Regency who each paid $2,500 to attend the fundraiser. One of Mac's jokes in particular sparked a strong reaction from a few in attendance:

"My little nephew came to me and he said, 'Uncle, what's the difference between a hypothetical question and a realistic question?'" Mac said. "I said, I don't know, but I said, 'Go upstairs and ask your mother if she'd make love to the mailman for $50,000.'"

As Mac's 10 minute stand up routine continued, the mostly white audience grew restless. "It's not funny. Let's get Barack on," a man shouted.

When Obama came on a few minutes later, he made a joke of his own:

"We can't afford to be divided by race. We can't afford to be divided by region or by class and we can't afford to be divided by gender, which by the way, that means, Bernie, you've got to clean up your act next time... "This is a family affair. By the way, I'm just messing with you, man."

Despite the fact that Obama downplayed the incident, it was blown way out of proportion by the media.

Obama's camp hastily released a tersely worded statement rebuking Mac for making "inappropriate" statements during the fundraiser. "Sen. Obama told Bernie Mac that he doesn't condone these statements and believes what was said was inappropriate," spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

"Obama was well familiar with Bernie's material before he asked [Mac] to appear," wrote the family friend in an email to me. "He's a comedian. How can they say his material was inappropriate when he tailored his material specifically for that audience?," wrote the friend, who is also a fellow blogger.

Mac's friend accused Obama of "backpedaling to insulate and protect himself from any backlash" and to "appease the undecided Hillary Clinton supporters."

The family friend, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote that Mac was "deeply hurt" by what he felt was a "personal betrayal" by Obama who used Mac as a "scapegoat" to appease the media. "He threw Ludacris under the bus to appease the media too," wrote the friend.

The friend also pointed out the hypocrisy in Obama's condolences which was sent to the Mac family on the day of his funeral in Chicago over the weekend. "Michelle and I were so deeply sad to hear about your loss... He... (made) us laugh and laugh hard," read Obama's statement.

"[Obama] publicly disgraced Bernie," wrote the blogger. "He shamed and embarrassed Bernie for doing what he did best. Bernie hadn't been right since. It took something out of him. It hurt him deeply [and] he took that hurt to his grave."

Bernie Mac's TV family attended his emotional memorial service in Chicago on Saturday. L to R: Dee Dee Davis, Camille Winbush, Jeremy Suarez and Kellita Smith. I'm not feeling the shorts set/ashy knees combo on Camille. I think she could have done better for Bernie.

Bernie Mac's TV wife Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show) brushes some dust off the lapel of her TV son, Jeremy Suarez, while TV daughters Dee Dee Davis, left, and Camille Winbush, right, look on.

Mo'Nique arrives at her Evening with Mo'Nique show at Seldom Blues in Detroit on Friday. Have you ever noticed when a big girl loses weight she also loses that quality that made her so attractive? I have rarely ever seen an unattractive big girl. It's a pleasure being around big women who are confident and happy with themselves. It's those chicks who obsess about losing weight so they can look like a "supermodel" that are a pain in the butt.


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Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and her longtime girlfriend, actress Portia de Rossi tied the knot on the grounds of their lavish estate in Beverly Hills yesterday. These grainy pics look like they were shot from a mile away through a Superzoom telephoto lens. But even from a distance you can see the glow on their faces. Congrats to the happy couple!

LOL! Everytime I see Benny "Sweetness" Medina, I think about this video. :) Oh, and may I say Gayle King is GORGEOUS for 50! No wonder Oprah gave her a million dollars to keep her on lock.... :)

Photo: INF Daily

PICTURE PERFECT

Mary J Blige strikes a pose while vacationing in St. Tropez with friends on Saturday. It's hard to believe this Diva is 37 with a bod like that!

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Mary assumes the role of paparazzi to take her own picture with hubby and friends.

Playwright/director Tyler Perry and former talk show host Star Jones also attended LA Reid's soiree in the Hamptons last weekend.

Last week, rumors were swirling in London that British chanteuse Amy Winehouse had gained 5 lbs. I'm happy to report that the rumors are true! If she keeps this up she will end up looking better than her wax figure at Madame Tussauds in no time.

Photos: Splash News, INF Photo and Wireimage/Getty

If you live in the Atlanta area, you've heard about the case of Darlene Dukes (left) who died when an emergency dispatcher sent an ambulance to the wrong address last week.

Yes, human error played a part in this tragedy (it appears the dispatcher was not a good listener). But this tragedy could have been avoided if Ms. Dukes had a land line in her home. Many consumers have switched to cell phones as their primary phone in order to save money. But cell phones can cost lives.

There is no technology in place to identify cell phone numbers coming into an emergency call center. Therefore, it is important to have a land line - preferably a corded phone that doesn't require batteries. If your power goes out, your cordless phones won't work and you can't charge your cell phones either.

The official cause of Ms. Dukes' death was a Pulmonary Embolism (PE). A PE occurs when a blood clot travels from its point of origin to the lungs where it lodges in a small vessel causing the blockage of blood and oxygen. That part of the lung dies from lack of blood and oxygen.

Typical symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath (Dyspnea)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain that gets worse with inhalation
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Rapid breathing
  • Cough or coughing up blood
  • More Medical Minute after the break...

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    A nanny pursues Nano Kwadjo Hayes, the 2-year-old son of Isaac Hayes, outside the singer's home in Cordova, Tennessee. The soul legend died of a stroke on Sunday, August 10. He was found by his wife Adjowa after he collapsed near a treadmill at his home.

    A memorial for Hayes' will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church, 850 Walnut Grove, Cordova, Tennessee from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    To celebrate Mr. Hayes' constant support of the Stax Music Academy and his Stax Records Legacy, the Hayes family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, made out to Soulsville, 926 E. McLemore Avenue, Memphis, TN 38106. Please specify "In memory of Isaac Hayes."

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