T.I. IS A FREE BIRD
Rapper T.I. landed himself back behind bars in 2010 and completed out the 11-month sentence this year for violating his probation. Last September T.I. and his wife Tiny were arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles for possessing ecstasy, testing positive for opiates and associating with a convicted felon. The drug charges were eventually dropped but the rapper still served time for violating his terms of probation. On August 31st, T.I. was released from Forrest City Correctional Facility in Arkansas and was sent to a community living facility to serve out the rest of his 11 month prison sentence. The following day T.I. was sent back to prison for violating the release of his probation by leaving prison in a luxury bus. T.I. walked away a free man on September 29th. Upon his release, T.I. released a fiction novel, “Power & Beauty: A Love Story of Life on the Streets” T.I. and his wife Tiny are now starring in a VH1 reality show, “T.I.and Tiny: The Family Hustle,” which chronicles their family life at home together.
JENNIFER HUDSON’S SHOCKING WEIGHT LOSS
Singer/actor Jennifer Hudson revealed a shocking weight loss on The Oprah Winfrey Show this past February. Hudson dropped an astonishing 80lbs thanks to her role as spokesperson for Weight Watchers. The former “American Idol” contestant went from a Size 22 to a Size 0 and managed to keep the weight off with a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Hudson is also keeping busy planning her wedding to fiancé David Otunga although no date set has been set. Listen here as she talks about her dramatic weight loss.
R.I.P. STEVE JOBS
The world of technology suffered a loss when Apple creator Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer on October 5th. On January 17th, Jobs announced his medical leave from the company due to pancreatic cancer. Jobs announced his resignation as Apple’s CEO on August 24th. The Recording Academy is giving the co-founder of Apple a special “Trustees Award” Grammy for his contribution to “products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books,” the Recording Academy said in a statement. A formal acknowledgment of his award will be made during annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 12 in Los Angeles.
Jobs had worked for Apple until the day before his death.
HEAVY D PASSES AWAY
On November 8, 2011 Heavy D, the self-proclaimed “overweight lover” of hip-hop who became one of rap’s top hit-makers with wit, humor and a positive vibe, passed away. He was 44. Heavy D died in a Los Angeles hospital after collapsing at his condominium building. Police officers were dispatched to Heavy D’s condo after receiving a report of an unconscious person laying on the walkway of a building. They found Heavy D was conscious and communicative but had difficulty breathing and was transported to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where he later died. While it’s yet to be confirmed, his death is medically related. He said Heavy D “was returning home from shopping. He experienced difficulty breathing while walking into his building. He was being assisted up to his apartment by building personnel when he collapsed in an exterior hallway.” The last tweet from Heavy D posted Tuesday morning read, “BE INSPIRED!”