In Honor of Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson and Her Mother (The Late Darnell Hudson Donerson)

The Mother and Brother of Jennifer Hudson Are Slain

The mother and brother of the Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death inside her mother’s house on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon, and the police were said to be looking for her 7-year-old nephew. Police confirmed that Ms. Hudson’s mother, Darnell Hudson Donerson, 57, was one of the victims, the ABC affiliate WLS reported on its Web site. A neighbor reported that the other victim had been identified as Ms. Hudson’s brother, Jason S. Hudson, 29.

Sen. Barack Obama, a fan and friend of fellow Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, took time out from his Presidential campaign Saturday to send his condolences to his fellow Chicagoan. “Michelle and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy, and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew.

Hudson, at the behest of Senator Obama, performed the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in August.

Jennifer Hudson’s Mother, Brother Murdered

News Update: Murder Suspect in Custody

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Jennifer Hudson: The Star Spangled Banner (DNC, Denver)

Jennifer Hudson: And I Am Telling You

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Actor Gale Harold Moved Out of Intensive Care

Actor Gale Harold Moved Out of Intensive Care

Desperate Housewives actor Gale Harold has been moved out of intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital and is improving daily after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident last week. A statement from the actor’s representatives says that “a full recovery is expected.”

Harold had suffered swelling on the brain and a fractured shoulder after last week’s accident. He had been under observation in the intensive care unit at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. The statement, released Thursday night, added: “He thanks everyone for their good wishes.”

Harold currently plays “Jackson,” Teri Hatcher’s character’s love interest in the 5th season of Desperate Housewives. Gale is previously best well known for playing Brian Kinney in Showtime’s U.S. version of Queer As Folk.

The Mysterious Sexy Lothario, Gale Harold

The Mysterious Gale Harold

Forgoing publicity, Gale Harold’s background is somewhat mystifying. Born in Decatur, Georgia, perhaps best-known as the home of Agnes Scott College, Harold is reported to have credited Jack London, David Bowie and J. R. R. Tolkien’s Gandalf as important influences during his younger years. He attended the upper-class and rather staid private Lovett School in Atlanta. The Lovett School is well-known for its long and proud tradition of producing outstanding soccer players for prestigious colleges throughout the South. After Harold graduated from The Lovett School, he attended American University in Washington, D.C., on a soccer scholarship.

Harold began working toward a Liberal Arts degree in romance literature, only to abruptly depart after a year and a half following a conflict with his coach. This is reminiscent of a somewhat similar episode in Jack Kerouac’s life. Keruoac, from a French-Canadian family living in Lowell, Massachusetts, demonstrated a level of athletic prowess that led him to become a star on his local high school football team. This achievement earned him a scholarship to Columbia University. He entered Columbia after spending the scholarship’s required year at the toney Horace Mann School. However, Kerouac broke a leg playing football during his freshman year and argued constantly with his coach, who kept him benched. As a result, he ended up dropping out of Columbia.

After Harold left American University, he moved to San Francisco, California, to pursue an interest in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute (interestingly, this where Annie Leibovitz first studied photography, in the early 1970s). In addition he worked a variety of jobs, including positions as a Ducati motorcycle technician and a construction worker. In 1997, a friend suggested that he try his hand at acting, and he moved to Los Angeles to study in The Actors Conservatory Program. During this period of time, he starred in the 2003 independent film Wake. The lead part was written expressly for Harold.

However Harold’s big breakthrough came in 2000, when he garnered the controversial role of unabashed gay lothario, Brian Kinney, a central character on Showtime’s popular gay drama Queer as Folk, a breakthrough performance that included the first depictions of male gay sex on American television. Brian Kinney’s character, as well as the show itself, elicited considerable controversy, alternately praised and criticized for its explicit depictions of gay club life. The show ran for five seasons, coming to an end in 2005.

Gale Harold’s Reflections: “Life is Strange, You Can’t Explain It”

Brian and Justin: Every Breath You Take

Another Side of Gale Harold: Wake

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Barack Obama: Up Close and Very Personal

Barack Obama: Up Close and Very Personal

Photography by: Callie Shell

Callie Shell has snapped an entire collection of wistful photographs of Presidential candidate Barack Obama. A few of them are grand and sweeping, but most of the photographs are heartwarming and touching, showing a quietly personal side of Obama that has been revealed during the course of the presidential campaign.

Music: Robert Downey Jr./Smile

Barack Obama: Up Close and Very Personal

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Photo of the Day: This Hot and Sexy One Will Change Your Life!!

Photo of the Day: This Hot and Sexy One Will Change Your Life!!

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