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R&B Legendary Singer Chaka Khan’s Son Murdered a Man

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According to Los Angeles Police Department, On September 24, 2004 at approximately 11:50 p.m., Damien Patrick Holland, 25, son of legendary R&B Singer Chaka Khan, shot to death an 18-year-old male.

The incident took place at Holland’s apartment where the two men struggled for control over a gun, which discharged a bullet and struck the victim. According to police, the victim was transported to the nearest hospital where he died of his injuries. The identification of the victim is pending notification to his family. Damien Holland claims it was an accident.

Living in a time in which the line between truth and fiction has virtually disappeared, as evidenced in recent events, one can never be too skeptical. Let’s remember that today society says “it’s ok, even expected, to use whatever and whomever you can to succeed.” As a result we have Britney Spears, who marries twice (or at least pretends to marry) for publicity; not to be undone, Janet Jackson grabs the headlines with indecent exposure before the world for publicity; Michael Jackson flirts with the charges of pedophilia for a chance at ‘wowing’ a crowd dancing on the hood of an SUV for publicity; Martin Lawrence was arrested for erratic behavior just days before he had a new movie coming out for publicity; Kobe Bryant is accused by a woman who could not have had a spottier background — he got publicity; Snoop Dogg arrives at an award ceremony in a swat-like style armored car while the blinding camera flashes capture cops drawing guns… and when it’s all over (you know the story, charges are dropped, a settlement is reached, or the case is dismissed on a technicality) we glorify them. They are bigger than ever. We’ve all played our small parts in a “reality” movie that will play on a global scale, and we didn’t even know it.

Too cynical? Celebrities and politicians have been known to use all resources available to promote their careers and agendas. No wonder when bad news is reported about a celebrity or a politician, many viewers now remark “they must have a movie coming out,” or “look for an album release,” or “an election must be approaching.” But murder?

Will Chaka Khan, a celebrity in grave need of some publicity, draw the line at the attention that a murder charge against her son may bring her way? Maybe. But let’s fine toothcomb through this incident. Damien Holland, 25, son of a legendary superstar singer, is charged with killing a man on Friday September 24th. Yet, the media does not report the murder until late Monday evening. It’s kind of strange. The identity of the deceased is being withheld until the family of the reported minor is notified. But the “minor” is an 18-year old male of majority age. At any rate, I was just wondering exactly when the family would be notified that their “minor” sibling was murdered 4 days ago. In the meantime, Damien Holland sits in a jail with a $1 million dollar bail on his head. Can’t or won’t make bail?

Oh, by the way, Damien Holland is an aspiring music producer, whose superstar mother Chaka Khan has a new CD release due out October 5, 2004 on Sanctuary Records. So I wouldn’t be surprised if they miraculously drop the charges. Yes folks, the publicity stunts are played even with capital cases.

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  • http://www.chromaticmusings.com/ Casper

    It seems that he’s already been released and cleared.

  • Jace

    A stunt ??? What an Idoit…what a foolish , stupid thing to say… what a simple minded idoit you must be to come up with such off track bullshyt from outerspace..!

  • http://macaronies.blogspot.com Mac Diva

    There is more than idiocy going here. Every single celebrity True Focus has found fault with, except for Britney Spears, is African-American. Furthermore, the allegations are either minor or unproven. What will his next headline be: Negro Spits on Sidewalk?

    Can’t say I’m surprised the information about Holland is inaccurate, Casper. Ms. Khan had her son shoot someone to get publicity for her new album? Bah wah hah hah!

  • http://www.kalyr.com/weblog Tim Hall

    I think I have to agree with Mac Diva on this one.

  • Darlene Coleman

    While I whole-heartedly agree that far too many politicians and entertainers often go far beyond what is necessary (and in most cases what is tasteful) to get publicity for whatever their next project is, I think you missed the mark here. True, Chaka’s albums haven’t done well as of late, but having recently read her autobiography, she does not come across as the kind of person who would consider murder as a means of publicity for album sales. Now if you were talking about Suge Knight…

    Your comments about Chaka were mean spirted, nasty, and not at all tasteful in what would be considered a civilized society. Trying to drum up a little publicity of your own perhaps?

  • SFC SKI

    It’s fine-toothed comb, BTW.

  • B. don

    Stay There!!

  • Mad Black Woman (@ stupidity)

    (This is directed at the genius that made the coment)

    I think there is somone on here with no life.. you mean to tell me you think this woman had her son kill somone so she can get in the news.. Are you all on crack!?!? Answer Yes.. The fact is she is not staving for attention most poeple that do that do shit like britnay spears or star jones of who ever the woman is a icon not a one hit wonder grow up

  • dleogirl

    First let me start by saying that Chaka is not starving for fan attention. I recently attended one of her concerts and it was sold out, so I really don’t think that she would pull a stupid stunt like having her son kill someone to sell a record. Chaka is not that shallow.

  • Nikki

    I am more curious as to what the son of chaka khan would be doing living in South Central Los Angeles? These stars live in private upscale communities safe from street crimes and gang violence yet their relatives stay in the ghetto? The sister of serena and venus williams was shot dead in her house in compton due to gang violence in the ghetto. If I were to become famous the first thing I would do is pack up my family and relocate them far away from the ghetto street where they will eventually be killed due to someone else’s ignorance!

  • KING DEE

    FIRST OFF ALOT OF YA’LL DON’T EVEN NO THE STORY. CHRIS WAS MY CLOSE FRIEND WE WAS NEIGHBORS TIL THE DAY HE DIED AND I GREW UP WITH HIM. I WAS WITH HIM ON THE DAY HE DIED WE WAS CHILLIN’ AND HE LEFT AND HE WAS MURDERED THAT SAME NIGHT BY DAMIEN HE WAS AT MY HOUSE EARLIER THAT DAY SO I KNOW THE STORY BETTER THAN ANYBODY CLAIM TO KNOW. I KNEW CHRIS’S MOM AND HIS FAMILY. IT’S MESSED UP THAT DAMIEN GOT OFF BUT U KNOW IT’S ALL ABOUT MONEY THERE IS NO JUSTICE WHEN MONEY IS INVOLVED. REST IN PEACE CHRIS. YOU WILL BE FOREVER BE LOVED.

  • Marcus

    For Mac Diva who thinks that this article is racially charged its really not i never once read of a racial slur or hate comment on another race. all they state in this is about african-americans. just because you speak of someone from the opposite race does not make you a racist.

  • Anita@ King Dee

    King Dee were you a witness for the defense? If so, and you know the story, how did Damien get off?

  • udjateye

    KING DEE,IF Christopher was a “close friend” and IF u know the story “better than anybody” then say what u can say to clear your close friends name.Say what u can so people don’t think your close friend was bangin’/pokin’ Damien’s gurl behind Damien’s back!!?