Friday, October 24, 2008

Jennifer Hudson: May You Hold Strong To Your Faith. (UPDATED)

It's days like today that remind me why I got out of television news as fast as I could. There's rarely any soul in it to me, just scandalous headlines and repetitive reports written to keep you glued to screens and at the mercy of advertisers. Thus, it's a "good" news day for local and national networks, but a very sad and devastating one for singer and actress, Jennifer Hudson.

According to Associated Press, one of two people found dead in a south side Chicago home is a relative of Hudson. However, MTV.com and local Chicago news reports state that both are relatives, one being her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and the other, her older brother, Jason, 29.

While more information about this violent murder of her loved ones reaches our eyes and ears, I hope most of us will try to remember that before American Idol, the Academy Award, the new album blazing the music charts, Jennifer Hudson was and still is a person deserving of privacy and respect. And though our inquiring minds may want to know every detail, do we really have a right to just because she's now a celebrity--a status she's still growing into? Truly, who gives a damn about "celebrity" when your mother and brother have just been snatched from your life.

As Jennifer attempts to handle this travesty publicly with recording devices and flashing bulbs capturing every moment, I pray that her faith in God will strengthen and comfort her spirit privately as she, like us, tries to makes sense out of the senseless.

Sincere condolences to her family, friends, and fans.


UPDATE: ABCNEWS.com

The body of a young black boy recovered from a sport utility vehicle this morning is now confirmed to be Jennifer Hudson's missing 7-year-old nephew Julian King, an FBI official told ABC News.

Police found the body in a white SUV on Chicago's west side; authorities had been searching for him since Friday. Julian hasn't been seen since Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death in their home Friday afternoon.

Police issued an Amber Alert Friday for Julian and were looking for a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban.

An Illinois State Police spokesman confirmed to ABC News that the Amber Alert had been canceled, but declined to comment further on the investigation.

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