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William Balfour Gets Life Sentence for Jennifer Hudson Family Murder

We all remember when we heard the news of the tragic loss of songstress Jennifer Hudson’s family nearly four years ago. As of today, there is finally closure.

William Balfour—the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister and the man convicted in the shooting deaths of Hudson’s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew—was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday (July 24), the Associated Press reports. The judge sentenced him to three life terms plus 120 years on other charges. The life sentences are mandatory, as the death penalty is illegal in Illinois.

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied a request for a new trial from Balfour’s defense.

Judge Burns had some choice words for Balfour. “You have the heart of an arctic night,” he told him. “Your soul is as barren as dark space.”

Still protesting his innocence, Balfour presented a statement to the Hudson family and to the judge.

“My deepest prayers goes out to Julian King,” he said. “I loved him. I still love him. I’m innocent your honor.”

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Adidas And SoundCloud Team Up To Support Emerging Creatives

Adidas Originals and SoundCloud have partnered up to the support the new workforce in the United States: the creatives. The sportswear giant and SoundCloud's latest initiative is to highlight the professional lives of creatives and what exactly goes into their pursuit of their passion. Together, the two brands will give creators the space to share their journeys to the public through their new podcast, 5-to-9.

The name of the podcast was birthed from the notion that creators transition from their 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. jobs to their "5 to 9." The first episode of the podcast has already been released and it features upcoming artist, G.L.A.M, speaking on her growth as a creative.

 

This partnership was created because the two brands "know creators will do whatever it takes to support their passion, from working a desk job to waiting tables they find a way to get paid and invest in their careers." Both adidas Original and SoundCloud invite any and all creators to submit their stories of how their day jobs turned into a "'Nite' hustle" for a chance to win the 'Nite Hustle' starter pack: a pair of adidas Originals Nite Joggers, three months of SoundCloud Pro Unlimited, and SoundCloud's premium creator subscription. The two brands believe that the starter pack (specifically the SoundCloud components) are the best tools and resources for creatives to reach their full potential. To enter, just head here.

SoundCloud and adidas Originals plan to bring creatives' stories to life, and give them a helping hand while at it.

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Alabama Deputy On Leave After Comments About Gay Teen's Suicide

An Alabama deputy has been placed on leave after making insensitive comments on social media about a teen who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied for his sexual orientation.

According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

"Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ. I’m seriously offended that there is such a thing such as this movement," the deputy allegedly wrote in a Facebook post. "Society cannot and should not accept this behavior. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

The law enforcement officer defended his statement as freedom of speech before it was taken down. It was made in reference to 15-year-old Nigel Shelby who took his own life Thursday (April 18) after being bullied for being gay.

In a statement, Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office revealed a deputy had been placed on leave, while Local sheriff Kevin Turner offered kind words to the friends and family of Nigel Shelby.

Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

 

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Jay-Z's Foundation Is Helping Kids Visit Black Colleges

With accepted students days happening on college campuses across the country, the timing of Jay-Z's foundation's newest endeavor is right on the money. The Shawn Carter Foundation is teaming up with Toyota to launch an HBCU college tour for prospective students.

The week-long tour will take selected high-achieving students to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities located along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. While on this tour, selected students will be able to meet with college admissions counselors as well as former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars. Over 125 schools in the New York/New Jersey area have been invited to take part in some of the college prep workshops that will lead up to the tour. Then in September, administrator-selected students will tap into weekend ACT/SAT prep sessions that also touch on resume skills and dressing for success.

Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter, 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange and Creative Writing M.F.A. Candidate Candice Wong (the latter two of whom are Howard University alumni) will kick off the 2019 Shawn Carter Foundation College Bus Tour on Howard's campus this week.

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