Jennifer Hudson’s Half Brother Jailed for Stabbing Love Rival in Front of Wife

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Jennifer Hudson’s Half Brother Jailed for Stabbing Love Rival in Front of Wife (Photo credit: TMZ)

Jennifer Hudson’s half brother, Stephen Simpson, was jailed for allegedly stabbing a love rival in front of his wife overnight on Monday.

Simpson is being held in South Haven, Mich., and is expected to be charged with home invasion and attempted murder.  WWMT reports Simpson, 45,  has a history of domestic violence. Police say he knifed his victim several times, including in the face, before they fled to seek assistance.

Stephen Simpson was on probation for assaulting his wife on Super Bowl Sunday.

A neighbor said the victim came to his door at about 3 a.m. seeking assistance. He was stabbed in the chin and chest and had puncture wounds on his arms. Simpson’s wife had locked herself in the bathroom until he left.

Oscar-Award Winning Actor Robin Williams Commits Suicide at Age 63

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Actor Robin Williams Dies at Age 63 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oscar-Award winning actor Robin Williams dies at age 63. He was found dead at a home in Marin County. The coroner suspects suicide due to asphyxia as the cause of his death. He was found hanging with belt around his neck and a pocket-knife near his body. It doesn’t seem this was planned, judging from the use of a belt and not rope. He starred in “Mork & Mindy” and several other movies throughout the years, including “Jumanji” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.” He won an Oscar Award for “Good Will Hunting.” He battled depression for a long time.

Here’s a statement from the Marin County Sheriff:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams was last seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00 pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1 call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

Robin Williams’ wife issued the following statement:”This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

President Obama on Robin Williams’ death: “He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.”

“Boondocks” Creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” Tops TV Ratings

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“Boondocks” Creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” Tops TV Ratings

Right wing evangelical heads must be exploding after learning that “Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder’s “Black Jesus” beat most television shows on Thursday. It raked in a solid 0.9 rating among adults 18 to 49 at 11 p.m., according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The weed-smoking “Black Jesus” topped ABC’s “Rookie Blue,” Fox “Gang Related,” NBC’s “Welcome to Sweden” and “Working the Engels.” The show also topped all orginal competition on cable TV for the day.

The premiere of “Black Jesus” was also very strong, with nearly two million viewers.

Compton-living “Black Jesus,” played by Gerald “Slink” Johnson, enraged many Christian groups because of the crass portrayal of Jesus Christ. While I found it offensive, there are more important things worth focusing on, rather than a television show.

 

Kevin Costner Says Hollywood Wouldn’t Finance “Black and White” Movie

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Kevin Costner Says Hollywood Wouldn’t Finance “Black and White” Movie (Treehouse Films/Sunlight Productions)

Actor Kevin Costner says Hollywood wouldn’t finance racially-charged “Black and White” movie, starring Oscar-Award winning Octavia Spencer. He made the revelation during a Q&A at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention in Boston.

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“I just thought it was an interesting movie … I can’t speak for why [no one would finance it]. I know a lot of people want to make to these big, giant movies and I understand … But I thought this movie is just as valid as those movies. So that’s why I made it,” Costner said.

The multi-hyphenate produced the racially-charged independent drama under his Treehouse banner, and screened it for about 200 journalists. Afterwards he was joined by his co-star, Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help”), for a Q&A.

“It was really important for me to work with Kevin, who is a filmmaker. You learn by doing and you learn — I like to watch the best doing. So, I definitely wanted to be a part of it because of that,” Spencer said.

“Black and White” centers on attorney Elliot Anderson (Costner), who’s raising his biracial granddaughter Eloise with his wife. When his wife is killed in a car accident, the widower is drawn into a custody battle over the little girl, with her African-American grandmother Rowena (Spencer), who believes the child should be raised by her drug addicted, biological father.

Singer Chrisette Michele Quits “R&B Divas L.A.”

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Singer Chrisette Michele Quits “R&B Divas L.A.” (Photo credit: Instagram)

Well, that was fast….”R&B Divas L.A.” newest castmember singer Chrisette Michele dropped out. Yes, she quit the show. Michele wasn’t feeling how she was being portrayed on reality television. She would have joined Chante Moore, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le, Lil Mo and newbie Leela James for the new season.

Chrisette Michele wrote on her Instagram page, “I don’t see myself doing reality TV again. I’ll hang out with my unicorn in Artist-ville.”

After the trainwreck called Kelly Price unleashed her diva-ish behavior last season, the thrill is gone for me.

“The Wire” Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed, Beaten at Washington DC Nightclub

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“The Wire” Actor Anwan Glover Stabbed at Washington DC Nightclub (Credit: The Wire Wikia)

Anwan Glover, who is best known for his role in TV series “The Wire,” was stabbed and beaten at Cafe Asia, a Washington D.C. nightclub, early Sunday morning.

According to a police report, Anwan Glover reported that he was on the second floor of Cafe Asia, a restaurant at 1720 I Street NW, when an unknown person punched him. He turned to face his assailant, and another person hit him on the back of the head, causing him to slip on the wet floor.

Glover said that he was then kicked multiple times. He heard someone shout, “He has a knife,” and felt a sharp pain in his right side.

He was treated for a laceration on the right side of his torso at George Washington University Hospital. Source: Washington Post

‘American Idol’ Season 7 Contestant Michael Johns Dies at Age 35

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‘American Idol’ Season 7 Contestant Michael Johns Dies at Age 35 (Photo credit: Twitter)

American Idol” contestant Michael Johns dies at age 35, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of his death is reportedly a blood clot to the ankle.

Michael Johns leaves behind a wife, Stacy Vuduris, who he wed in 2007.

Johns, who was born in Perth, Australia, competed in season seven of “American Idol” in 2008. He was working on his new album, “Reckless,” at the time of his death.

Is a Reality Show Next for Legendary Entertainer Patti Labelle?

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Is a Reality Show Next for Entertainment Legend Patti LaBelle?

R&B legend Patti LaBelle has been busy with her rebranded line of sauces and marinades, now available in Wal-Mart stores. She even has crab cakes, PattiCakes, coming to freezer sections. Miss Patti is doing her thing. Yes, there’s life after music.

The “New Attitude” singer has been busy indeed and now there’s talk of a reality show.  LaBelle said, “there are people begging me for one now, and nothing’s impossible. I’ll be classy with whatever I do.” She joked, “I’m not going to be a hood rat.” That’s best left up to the Love and Hip Hop Atlanta cast. We know, Miss Patti won’t go out like a Kardashian.

Patti LaBelle is a veteran in the entertainment industry, having a great recording career, her own sitcom, “Out All Night,” television special, making guest appearances on “A Diff’rent World,” and other sitcoms, as well as appearing in “A Soldier’s Story,” and “Five Heartbeats.” Her voice has graced many movie soundtracks such as “Beverly Hills Cops,” and James Bond’s “License to Kill.” She just wrapped up a stint on Broadway in “After Midnight.”

Patti LaBelle, the author of best-selling cookbooks and an autobiography, is getting ready to release her first jazz album. I really think she can compete with Rachel Ray and Paula Deen.

 

R. Kelly Cut From Fashion Meets Music Festival After Public Outcry Over His Past

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R. Kelly Cut From Fashion Meets Music Festival After Public Outcry Over His Past (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Singer R. Kelly just got a reminder that the public hasn’t forgotten about the skeletons in his closet. His concert at the Fashion Meets Music Festival next month at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH,  has been canceled due to public outcry over his past.

Melissa Dickson, festival spokeswoman, said, “we wanted to make sure we heard from the Columbus listeners…to make a statement and support the city we live in.”

R. Kelly’s concert was pulled last week after Saintseneca announced plans to cancel because of his appearance. WCBE (90.5 FM) withdrew its sponsorhsip shortly thereafter, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Damn the Witch Siren also scrapped their plans to perform during the festival because of R. Kelly’s history. You will recall he was acquitted on 14 counts of child pornography in 2008 and a Chicago Sun-Times investigation linked him to underage girls.

“Black Jesus” Comedy, Starring Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, Riles Christian Groups

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“Black Jesus” Comedy, Starring Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, Riles Christian Groups

Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder is catching some heat from Christian groups for his latest project, the upcoming comedy TV series “Black Jesus.” The comedy features a comedian, played by Gerald ‘Slink’ Johnson, who comes straight out of Compton. This “Black Jesus,” wearing robes and sandals, spreads love as he shares “forties” of beer and weed, along with his foul-mouthed disciples. He works his magic and bottles of wine appear out of the thin air when his ‘disciples’ run low.  Okay, that’s where I have a huge problem — mocking Jesus.

For me, it’s not about race. From a historical perspective, it’s quite clear that if Jesus was from the lineage of Solomon, there’s no way he was a blue-eyed, blond-hair Messiah. His complexion must have been olive or copper-tone. But that’s for another discussion. The fact is, religious isn’t funny. It’s serious stuff. Sudanese doctor Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death by hanging because she married a Christian man, Daniel Wani. She was persecuted because of her faith. So, no, Jesus isn’t for laughs. That didn’t stop Aaron McGruder.

“Black Jesus” is set to premier on the Adult Swim network on August 7. Adult Swim is part of the Turner Broadcasting System, based in Atlanta, Ga.  Adult Swim touts “Black Jesus” as “th most anticipated comeback in history.” Um, really? It’s just as disgusting as Nicki Minaj baring her buns on her latest single, “Anaconda.”

Christian groups are “violently offended” that the network is “messing with their Messiah by giving him a filthy mouth and dropping him off in Compton, Ca.,” the New York Daily News reports. Conservative Christian group One Million Moms says the show “makes a mockery of our Lord.” The group takes offense to portraying Jesus as a “black guy living in the hood.” Um, newsflash, Jesus couldn’t have been white.

The group wrote on its website, “The foul language used in the trailer, including using the Lord’s name in vain, is disgusting. In addition, there is violence, gunfire and other inappropriate gestures which completely misrepresent Jesus. This is blasphemy!” “Adult Swim plans to blaspheme Jesus on a weekly basis. This mockery will be similar to ‘South Park’ and ‘Family Guy’ but much worse since the entire program will be based on lies about Christianity.”