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Kerry Lee Crawford

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January 20, 2012
  BIRTHDAYS!! If today is your birthday you share it with Stacey Dash - 46 Melissa Rivers - 44 Bill Maher - 56 Rainn Wilson ( Dwight Schrute of `The Office`) - 46 Skeet Ulrich - 42 and if it falls this weekend you share it with Billy Ocean -62 Geena Davis - 55 Hakeem Olajuwon - 48 and Jazzy Jeff -47       OJ IS KHLOE'S DAD??!! In What-in-the-hell news, OJ Simpson has told pals that he's the [biological] father of Khloe Kardashian." "OJ told me Khloe's his daughter," says an insider close to Simpson. The former football great claimed to pals the he had an affair with his best buddy Robert Kardashian's then-wife Kris in 1983 and seemed convinced it resulted in her pregnancy with Khloe." (As crazy as this is, when you look at pics of Chloe and OJ's daughter Sydney together even if you dont believe it,  it does make you at least consider it..)         40/40 LOVE Jay Z did it up BIG at the official reopening of the 40/40 club in NYC.  Jay was joined by many of his celeb friends including gazillionaire WARREN BUFFET (who came out throwing up the ROC sign). BET hottie Terence J  came in holding hands with Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks. Other celebs who came to support Jay included Jessica White, Swizz Beats, Irv Gotti, Fab (who even after reconciling with Love and Hip Hop's Emily B, decided to come with his rumoured side chick, Cheetah Girl  Adrienne Bailon - Cohones!)       ZOE IS A REAL LIFE HERO! ZOE SALDANA played an action hero in "Star Trek", "Columbiana" and "Avatar".  But on Wednesday, she got to BE one, after witnessing a car accident in Los Angeles. We don't know the details of the accident, but and elderly woman ended up with a good amount of blood on her face.  A witness says Zoe immediately called 911 . . . then she and another person helped the woman from her car to the curb. Zoe went back to the car and got the woman's purse and sweater for her, and waited with her for the police and paramedics to show up. A witness says, quote, "Zoe was very caring and sweet to the woman."  Love to hear about our film heroes doing real acts of kindness.   JUSTICE FOR J-HUD'S FAMILY It's taken a long time. But justice for the Hudson family is finally getting served. Three and a half years after the senseless murders of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and young nephew, the man charged with the first-degree slayings, William Balfour, has finally been scheduled to stand trial. Judge Burns today announced that jury selection for Balfour's trial would begin on April 9. Testimony in the trial is expected to begin on April 23. Balfour is the estranged husband of Jennifer's sister, Julia Hudson. On Oct. 24, 2008, he allegedly drove in a jealous rage to the Hudson family home in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and fatally shot the Oscar winner's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King. King's body was found three days later in Balfour's SUV. Balfour has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and home invasion as a result of the slayings. He pleaded not guilty. Balfour's trial has repeatedly been delayed on the request of his lawyers, and his legal team again sought out a postponement in court this morning, though the judge finally rejected their plea for more prep time and scheduled the trial's start date.   R.I.P. JOHNNY OTIS Johnny Otis, who many have called the "godfather of rhythm and blues" and who wrote and recorded the R&B classic "Willie and the Hand Jive"  has died. He was 90. Otis, who had been in poor health for several years, died at his home in the Los Angeles on Tuesday. Otis, who was white, was born John Veliotes to Greek immigrants and grew up in a black section of Berkeley, where he said he identified far more with black culture than his own. As a teenager, he changed his name because he thought Johnny Otis sounded more black. "As a kid, I decided that if our society dictated that one had to be black or white, I would be black," he once explained. His musical tastes clearly reflected that adopted culture and even after he became famous, his dark skin and hair often led audiences and club promoters to assume he was black like his band mates. Otis was leading his own band in 1945 when he scored his first big hit, "Harlem Nocturne." In 1950, 10 of his songs made Billboard Magazine's R&B chart. His "Willie and the Hand Jive" sold more than 1.5 million copies and was covered years later by Eric Clapton. He later wrote "Every Beat of My Heart," which was a hit for Gladys Knight & the Pips. But the influence of Otis was felt most through his ability to recognize and promote talent. He wove into his bands such diverse and legendary R&B vocalists as Etta James, Hank Ballard, Big Mama Thornton and The Robins, the latter a group that would evolve into the Coasters. He produced Thornton's original recording of "Hound Dog," a song that would later become an even bigger hit for Elvis Presley. In addition to his sons, Otis is survived by his wife, Phyllis, whom he married in 1941; daughters Janet and Laura; and several grandchildren. That's the Juice! Have a great weekend guys!

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