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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jennifer Hudson has the No. 1 song "Spotlight" in the nation today. Ironically she finds herself trying to avoid it as she pieces together the last hours of her slain mother, brother and nephew. An invitation-only funeral has been announced for Monday on Chicago's South Side. The arrangements are being handled by Hudson Funeral Home, whose owners are related to the singer.
But how is Hudson's mind-set right now? More than 50% of patients admitted to asylums have had some sort of traumatic experience in their lives. Many of which have refused to cope with reality and have retreated into dementia, pyschosis or worse. Can Jennifer hold it together?
A spectacular entertainment career may have come to a bloody, cruel end. Jennifer Hudson, Oscar-winning actress and singer is no doubt trying to hold it together as the last week has been a whirlwind nightmare for her. Reports have surfaced that she is holed up in a Chicago hotel, still trying to deal with the unthinkable: the bullet-ridden bodies of her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, her brother, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian. The rumors have been in full-swing as well, ranging from the fact that the only "person of interest" in the case, William Balfour, wquestioned in the deaths and vilified in the pubic, has been arrested but not charged. Did Balfour indeed do it? Security video at the South Side high school showed someone parking the vehicle that Julian's body was found in on Friday, but investigators have not been able to determine the person’s identity from the images. A time stamp on the video showed the car was left there at 12:30 p.m. Friday, but it was unclear whether the stamp was accurate, sources said. If it is, it presents a troubling scenario because investigators say Balfour's cell phone records placed him on the West Side at that hour. If the time stamp is accurate, it would suggest another person may have driven the Chrysler from the Hudson home to Robeson, sources said.
Then there's the troubling issue of whether Balfour is in the notorious stree gang, the Gangster Disciples. If he is then police have a lot more to worry about than just Balfour himself, as the gang is reknown for retribution killings and the like. More troubling is the fact that Hudson's sister went on national TV and pleaded for her son's life but had nary a mention of Balfour, as if she were protecting him. Is she also affiliated?

The tragedy comes as Jennifer Hudson, who grew up in Chicago, continues to reach new heights in her career. Her song "Spotlight" is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and her recently released, self-tiled debut album has been a top seller. She was featured in this year's blockbuster "Sex and the City" movie and is also starring in the hit film "The Secret Life of Bees."

She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007 for her role in "Dreamgirls." In an interview last year with Vogue, Hudson credited her mother with encouraging her to audition for the TV singing competition "American Idol," which launched her career.



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