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Actress SanaLathan arrives special screening Tyler Perry's The Family ThPreys New York Monday Sept. 8 2008. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Actress Sanaa Lathan arrives to a special screening of Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys, in New York, Monday, Sept. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

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Updated: April 30, 2012 8:11AM



C ONG. BOBBY RUSH HAD this to say about being removed from the House of Representatives for wearing a hoodie in tribute to slain Trayvon Martin: “My actions today [Wednesday] on the floor of the House of Representatives were motivated by stories that young men and women are telling me about fear,” Rush told this reporter.

“When I read your [Tuesday, March 27] column, you were on point. I am very much in touch with young people in Englewood, where you were raised and I have a church, and they talk with me a lot about what it’s like to have to walk to school or church or to the store and not know if you’re going to get home safely,” Rush said.

LOVELY ACTRESS SANAA LATHAN, whose film credits include “Love & Basketball,” “Something New,” “The Best Man,” “Blade” and soon to be released “The Best Man II,” is in town to film her role in Kelsey (“Girlfriends”) Grammer’s hit Chicago-based drama series “Boss,” going into its second season on the Starz network. Lathan, who a few years ago was seriously dating former Bear Adewale Ogunleye, is playing the role of Chicago Mayor Tom (Grammer) Kane’s new chief of staff that he becomes obsessed with — a k a has the hots for! Allegedly the star is now linked to Steve Rifkin. Lathan was spotted having dinner with cast members Tuesday night at The Pelago ristorante on Delaware.

RAPPER/actor and reality star T.I. of the VH-1 new hit show “Family Hustle,” and whose film resume includes “ATL” and “Taker,” snared a recurring role as former gang-banger Tray in “Boss” and was in town last week to film some scenes with award-winning Grammer.

A STATUE FOR BUTTERBEAN: Dr. Earl King, a former NBA player and chairman of Kings of Peaceful Solutions, along with the Rev. Kenyatta Smith is spearheading a campaign to raise $250,000 to erect a statue in honor of the former Bulls star Bob “Butterbean” Love, who still works in the Bulls administration. They want to erect a 20-footer in front of the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, and it has the blessings of Chief Judge Tim Evans.

A CHICAGO Treat: If you are looking to be thoroughly entertained, check out the loving and longtime singing duo of Nan Mason and hubby, Terry Higgins, at the new classy and intimate TwelveWest nightclub at 12 West Elm on Thursday nights. Higgins, is a musician/singer extraordinaire who amazes you because, depending on the song his wife belts out, he expertly can play a number of instruments including, trumpet, three types of saxophones, the flugelhorn, piano, harmonica, etc., and is so terrific, you think you are in Vegas, and Nan’s banter with the audience keeps you in a feel good mood.

WEALTHY BUSINESSWOMAN, rapper/singer/producer/actress Queen (“Joyful Noise”) Latifah has another project coming up. This summer on the CW Network, she will be debuting a new nationwide talent search/music competition reality show “The Star Next Door” with the Queen as a judge along with Gloria Estefan and John Rich. Latifah will co-executive produce the show with her business partner, Shakim Compere. The network has already ordered up 10 episodes.

ENJOYING LIFE: Channel 2’s Bill Kurtis dined hearty at VIVO restaurant . . . The Hawks’ Nick Leddy and Andrew Shaw dined at the Rosebud Steakhouse . . . Hockey Hall of Famer Ed Belfour was at Carmine’s . . . The Bears’ Lance Briggs, Buddy (“The Cake Boss”) Valastro (who was also hanging at The Joynt) and rapper Wiz Khalifa all dined separately on the Tavern on Rush patio . . . Former Bear Otis Wilson, and the Vancouver Canucks’ Lorne Henning ate at the Palace Grill . . .
“America’s Next Top Model” winner Jaslene Gonzales relaxed at Billy Dec’s The Underground and also in the house, the Bulls’ John Lucas, Ronnie Brewer & Joakim Noah.THE BIRTHDAY FOLKS:

Lara Logan. On Friday: John Drummond and Celine Dion. On Saturday: John Rogers Jr., Joe DiLeonardi, WGN radio’s Dean Richards & Orion Samuelso n. On Sunday: Channel 2’s Rob Johnson, Penny Lane, Jimmy D. Lee, Steve LaPino and Brandon Hasbrouck. On Monday: Judge Aurelia Pucinski.Well, that’s Stella in the City!



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