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usher and tameka hug it out

During an emergency hearing on Friday, Tameka Foster and her lawyers were shut down by a judge who stated emphatically that there was zero evidence to support a claim that her sons were in eminent danger while living with their father Usher.

The hearing, streamed live by TMZ, captured the testimony of the parents and other caregivers.

Foster was deeply concerned because her children are being cared for by Usher's family members who may not be physically capable of rendering the kind of care needed by active children - as evidenced by their inability to rescue Usher V from the bottom of the family pool earlier this week.

She also alleged that her ex-husband failed to notify her until 45 minutes after her 5-year-old son nearly drowned -- calling it part of a pattern that has kept her in the dark regarding the status of her boys since he was awarded primary custody in late 2012.

The judge told Tameka that there probably wasn't a single person sitting in the courtroom who has not been cared for by a grandmother or an aunt at some time.

While ruling that the boys will remain in the care of their father, he did caution Usher to be more open in his communication with the children's mother.

Usher approached his ex-wife after the hearing and hugged her in a prolonged embrace.  When asked about it afterward, Foster wasn't willing to say more than, "That was for the media."

She tweeted last night, "When life doesn't make sense, remember the universal system is beyond anything we can comprehend.  We don't need to see it.  Just trust it."

This morning she added, "I feel great this morning!  My son and I got a good nights sleep.  Didn't hear the nurses fumbling around.  Yaaay, I usually sleep so light."

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Posted by Meg
tameka posts poignant photo of her son

Tameka Foster posted two hospital photos and a message on Instagram the day after Usher released a statement thanking the men who saved their son from a near-drowning scare in the family pool.

Usher's ex-wife wrote, "My favorite 5-year-old.  What a blessing!  I have always loved and appreciated my sons but tragedies and close calls make this even more evident."

She referenced the death last summer of her 11-year-old and added, "Words cannot express the relief and how thankful to God I truly am.  The AV worker that saved my son is my Hero!!! Period."

Early this morning she tweeted, "I'm very happy this morning, my son is resting well... We had a SpongeBob marathon ALL night, he wouldn't go to sleep!  Thank u 4 the prayers."

Foster, who lost primary custody of her two younger sons late last year, filed papers Tuesday requesting an emergency custody hearing to revisit the arrangement. She will go to court Friday at 2 pm ET.

Tameka plans to ask a judge to allow her to have custody of the boys when Usher is traveling.  They are currently in the care of a maid and the singer's aunt when the entertainer is not at the family residence.  According to Foster, her ex-husband is gone frequently because of the nature of his work.

Usher's Statement

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Posted by Missy
usher and sons

Usher has broken his silence about Monday's pool accident that nearly resulted in a drowning tragedy for his 5-year-old son.

The entertainer's child was attempting to retrieve a toy in the bottom of the pool when his arm got caught in the drain.  Usher's aunt frantically enlisted the help of two subcontractors who happened to be doing audio visual work at the residence.

In Usher's absence, his young sons were being supervised by a maid and his aunt when the situation suddenly turned into a life and death emergency.  Listen to the frantic 911 call here.

The singer released this statement:

"I would like to thank my Aunt Rena as well as the doctors and nurses who are working with us around the clock. I would especially like to thank the two men who saved my son's life, Eugene Stachurski and Ben Crews. They are true heroes and I am deeply grateful to them."

He concluded, "I am blessed and fortunate to say that my son Usher V is doing well and is recovering. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of prayers, love and support for my family's well-being."

On Tuesday Usher's estranged ex-wife Tamika Raymond requested an emergency hearing to regain primary custody of their two sons.  A judge removed her primary parental rights in late 2012 after a contentious court battle.

Tameka's friend told PEOPLE, "Now that it's sunk in, she is livid. Usher has custody and won't let Tameka have the kids, even when he's out of town. She feels like the kids are being raised by his family or by nannies, when they should be with their mother."

Tameka posted an update on her Twitter page yesterday afternoon:

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Raymond suffered a family tragedy in July 2012, when her 11-year-old son Kile Glover died following a jet ski accident while visiting his father.

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Posted by Meg
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The frantic 911 call from Usher's Atlanta residence was made public hours after the singer's five-year-old son became stuck in a drain at the bottom of the family swimming pool.

His aunt Rena Oden said breathlessly, "I need an ambulance.  My nephew was in the pool and I couldn't get him ... I couldn't get him."

Two audio-visual subcontractors, who happened to be on the property, pulled the boy from the pool and provided aid until an ambulance arrived.

Oden told the dispatcher, "They are doing CPR on him now."

When paramedics arrived, they found Usher Raymond V "conscious, alert and breathing."  He was transported to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, where he remains hospitalized.

The accident comes a year after the death of his half brother, 11-year-old Kile Glover, the son of Tameka Foster - Usher's ex-wife.

Foster filed court documents this morning, according to TMZ, requesting an emergency hearing later this week to revisit the custody arrangement that gave her ex-husband primary physical custody of Usher V and his younger brother Naviyd, 4, in late 2012, as Foster was coping with the death of a son.


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usher and his sons naviyd raymond and usher raymond v

Usher's 5-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, was hospitalized in Atlanta yesterday following a pool accident at the musician's home.

According to reports, the child almost drowned when his hand became stuck in the pool's drain while he was trying to retrieve a toy.  His aunt and a maid tried to pull the five year old free but couldn't get his hand out of the drain.

Two men who were working in the house came out when the maid screamed for help. They dove in and freed the boy, who was given CPR and rushed to the hospital.

Usher, who was not home at the time of the accident, arrived and rode in the ambulance with his son.

The boy currently remains in the hospital while he undergoes a series of tests. Usher and his ex-wife Tameka, the mother of his two children, are both at the hospital. Doctors  tell TMZ the boy will be okay.

Usher's 11-year-old step-son, Kile Glover, died last year in a jet ski accident.

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Posted by Meg
team usher with michelle chamuel

During the final evening of competition on season four of the NBC hit singing competition 'The Voice,' Usher Raymond declared his protege Michelle Chamuel "the winner."

Shakira seemed to agree, "Your energy is contagious.  You're extraordinary.  You're needed out there, as an artist."

Coach Blake Shelton was kind but saved his best praise for his two remaining acts - The Swon Brothers and 16-year-old phenom Danielle Bradbery.

Chamuel, 26, is a former member of the band Ella Riot under the artistic trade name "The Reverb Junkie."  Her studio version of the Taylor Swift song 'I Knew You Were Trouble', released on June 3, 2013, peaked at #4 on the iTunes Chart, cinching her advancement to the final round of competition.

Her best performance of the evening, in our humble opinion, was a duet rendition of U2's 'One' with Usher.

Check out the video below and let us know who you think will win the recording contract and bragging rights during the finale tonight:


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Posted by Meg
the voice top 3 head to finals

Two artists on 'The Voice' were eliminated Tuesday night, leaving only three acts to face off next week in the final round of competition.

Adam Levine's Amber Carrington and Shakira's Sasha Allen reached the end of the line during the semi-final round.  They both hit Twitter to express their appreciation to fans.

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Amber tweeted, "I touched so many hearts through out my time on The Voice!  My life has forever changed.  I LOVE you guys!"  Sasha posted, "What a ride... Thank you for your LOVE and support!!"

Left to vie for the coveted recording contract are Usher's Michelle Chamuel, and Blake's Danielle Bradbery and The Swon Brothers.

Shelton's Season 2 and Season 3 proteges Jermaine Paul and Cassadee Pope were victorious, as was Season 1 winner Javier Colon - mentored by Adam Levine.

Odds seem to favor coach Blake Shelton to beat the rest of the coaching pack again this season -- but unless we're mistaken, it will be Usher's artist who ends up winning Season 4.

Next week's Live Results show will feature Cher, Florida George Line ft. Nelly, Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera and Bruno Mars.

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Posted by Missy
usher and justin bieber

Usher chatted it up with Ellen DeGeneres about a number of subjects on Tuesday, including the bad boy behavior of Canadian teen pop singer Justin Bieber.

He and JB's manager Scooter Braun go way back and paved the way in 2008 for their young protege's stardom.

Fast forward five years and we find that the tween idol has become something of a menace with multiple allegations of reckless driving, hard partying, alleged marijuana use, late concert starts and Twitter drama.

Usher told Ellen in soothing tones, "We hope that in his transition -- as friends and family who have helped him be who he is -- that he will continue to just mature. But in this day and age of social media there is no privacy. That kind of trial and elimination period is done in front of a camera. It's been done and many, many other celebrities have been a product of it. Some come out bad, some come out good. I'm hoping for the best."

He has high hopes for the 19-year-old, "I don't look at it as a negative, though. I look at it as a teenager. He is a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager ... You go through something to get to something in life. If there were no humps in life, there'd be nothing to get over."

Justin recently struck a similar tone with Us Weekly, "I'm young and I make mistakes. That's part of growing up. I mess up sometimes. It's part of growing up."

He added, "I know who I am and I'm not gonna let negativity towards me bring me down. I'm a positive person and I plan on staying that way. This business can break you down, but I have a strong team around me, and my family and all the fans. The love overcomes the negativity. I'm not perfect but I'm growing and trying to be better everyday. That's part of life."

One thing seems certain -- Scooter Braun no longer exerts the level of control that he once lorded over his high maintenance client?  Is it time for a new management team or is the kid calling the shots?  Your thoughts?

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Posted by Meg
adam levine predicts shakira will be a killer coach

With a few blind auditions under their belts, the newest coaches on 'The Voice' have demonstrated a level of competitive drive that has impressed show veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

According to the Maroon 5 rocker, Shakira "is ready to bust some heads."  He explained, "You have a pregnant, hormonal Colombian.  She ain't messing around."

Blake believes that the newbies, including Usher, have changed the dynamic.  He said, "I would say the competitiveness is up.  We've replaced Cee Lo with somebody that's just that much more aggressive.  And Christina was always competitive, but now you've got four that are just killers up here."

Mother-to-be Shakira acknowledged, "Once we are in the process of trying to get a contestant recruited for our team, there's a lot of adrenalin, and there's a lot of tension, but the healthy kind."

Levine said of Usher, "As much as I hate to say this about another coach in the beginning, Usher has done what this show has yet to do.  He has launched a superstar, Justin Bieber, and that's our goal.  That's the shows goal.  That's something we want to do as an institution."

Season 4 premieres March 25, 2013 on NBC.

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Posted by Meg
usher gives tameka raymond the boot again

Usher has inflicted more misery on his ex-wife with an eviction notice.  Last month the entertainer informed Tameka Raymond that she must vacate his Roswell, Georgia residence within 60 days so that he can unload it.

The 12,544 square-foot suburban property has been listed on the market for $3.2 million.  It included 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, 10-foot ceilings, an outdoor pool, in-home gym, 4 fireplaces and a library.

As part of their 2009 divorce agreement, Usher's ex-wife was allowed to remain in the home until such time as the Grammy award-winning artist opted to liquidate that particular asset.

He made the decision to get rid of the property after winning primary custody of the couple's two young sons in a contentious court battle.  He certainly doesn't need the money ... dare we suggest he is seeking revenge for her actions in court?

It has been a very bad year for Tameka.  Besides losing joint custody of her boys, she is mourning the loss of her 11-year-old son Kile, who died of head injuries suffered in a Jet Ski accident in late July.

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