- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Brown’s burial near

The six adult children of singer James Brown have agreed with his partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, on where the entertainer will be buried, an attorney for Miss Hynie said yesterday.

Miss Hynie’s attorney, Robert Rosen, said the resting place is being kept confidential at the request of Mr. Brown’s children. He said the burial may take place in the “next few days.”

Mr. Brown, also known as the Godfather of Soul, died Christmas Day at age 73. His body is being kept in a confidential location, said Charles Reid, manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, Ga., which handled Mr. Brown’s funeral, Associated Press reports.

Also yesterday, a South Carolina judge said the trustees accused of mismanaging Mr. Brown’s estate will keep handling his property and trust, but a special administrator will oversee their work.

The singer’s six adult children were in an Aiken County court Feb. 9 in an attempt to remove three trustees who are handling the late singer’s estate. They claim it has been mismanaged. The children and Miss Hynie all have asked the court to appoint a special administrator to oversee the trust.

The trust is said to contain most of Mr. Brown’s primary assets, including the late singer’s music rights and his 60-acre Beech Island home, and is separate from Mr. Brown’s will filed last week. The will calls for personal possessions such as clothes, jewelry, boats and automobiles to be divided among the children.

On Monday, Miss Hynie said Mr. Brown was worth “anywhere between $100 million to $200 million” during an appearance on CNN’s “The Larry King Show.”

Back to rehab

Britney Spears entered rehab yesterday after a bizarre weekend that included her shaving her head.

According to Associated Press, Miss Spears’ manager, Larry Rudolph, told People magazine’s Web site that the singer, 25, had voluntarily checked herself into an undisclosed treatment facility.

“We ask that the media respect her privacy as well as those of her family and friends at this time,” Mr. Rudolph was quoted as saying.

Last week, Miss Spears checked herself into Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, reports Foxnews.com — but she left after just one day and headed to Florida, an unnamed source told People magazine.

No club kid

For Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson, there was no question where she would celebrate her success in the week leading up to the Academy Awards — at her family’s church.

“I don’t do clubs. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke,” Miss Hudson told a boisterous crowd of more than 3,000 people at Progressive Baptist Church on Chicago’s South Side Monday night. “I’m not having no club party; I better have a praise party.”

Miss Hudson, 25, headlined a gospel concert named in her honor, “An Evening of Praise With Jennifer Hudson,” accompanied by the acclaimed Soul Children of Chicago, AP reports.

She won a Golden Globe Award last month and is among the nominees for best supporting actress at the Oscars on Sunday for her role in “Dreamgirls.”

Ross on the road

Supremes queen Diana Ross will hit the road for a series of concerts in North America and the United Kingdom, her spokeswoman announced yesterday.

The tour begins April 6 in Connecticut, and dates also have been confirmed for Chicago, Orlando, Fla., and several other cities in the U.S. and Canada.

The Motown legend, who on Monday appeared on Bravo’s “Inside the Actors Studio,” will perform selections from her latest album, “I Love You,” along with her solo hits and Supremes classics.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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