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Jennifer Hudson stopped by the Wendy Williams show this week to promote her new album J Hud. And of course, Wendy asked her all the fluff and puff questions about her son and her new album. But afterward, she wanted to know why oh why J Hud and longtime boyfriend, baby daddy and fiancé of six years, David Otunga, haven’t walked down the aisle and tied the knot.
See what both women had to say.
Wendy: There’s a pink elephant in the room, it’s the engagement ring. While it is beautiful…You’ve been wearing that ring and engaged for six years, so when are you and big David going to be getting married?
J Hud: Well the ring is still there and we will get married one day but again, my thing is, once I get married, I don’t believe in divorce. And so when I get married, it’s for good. We want to be completely sure we’re together, we’re happy and when it’s time…
Wendy: You have a baby and you’ve been together forever! And hello, he’s got a Harvard degree, who wouldn’t want to stay?
J Hud: But I think that’s the key, take baby steps.
Wendy: Baby steps?!
J Hud: That’s my definition of baby steps, baby. You ain’t gotta understand it.
Wendy: Ok, I’ll let it go. When it happens, it happens… but as long as you’re wearing the ring.
J Hud: He has one too, now.
Wendy: How’d did that happen?
J Hud: Well, he wanted one. He said he needed everybody to know that he was taken as well. After he gave me my ring, for his birthday I gave him his.
You know, Jennifer may be looking a little crazy to some of y’all but the way a lot of celebrity relationships play out in the media I can certainly understand her wanting to take her time. There are people who rush in and get divorced immediately. Then there are people who wait forever and still end up getting divorced once they’ve signed those papers. Only you know what’s right for you and apparently a long engagement is right for Jennifer, even if it is a little unorthodox. Point is, if this is what she feels like is going to keep her from getting a divorce then so be it.
You can watch her full interview with Wendy where she talks about her veneers, raising her son as a celebrity mom and her new album, in the video below.
Apparently, there were some lesbian rumors flying around about Jennifer Hudson. According to PrideSource, the rumors were fueled by the singer’s 2013 performance of “Same Love” with Macklemore and Mary Lambert at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
“If someone ever questions or thinks that, I don’t care what you think. It shouldn’t matter. And I did get that! People were like, ‘Is Jennifer trying to tell us something?’ Hey, I wasn’t, but if you wanna think that, it’s all right with me. When I got the call (to do that performance), I was like, ‘Oh my god, I definitely wanna do this. A powerful statement is being made and I wanna be a part of that.'”
Jennifer went on to say that she’s so inspired by “the independence and the confidence” of the LGBT community.
“I’m so inspired by that, and I feel like, for me, that is my connection,” she said. “I’ve never understood, gosh, what does the gay community see in me? You know what I mean? Because again, I grew up around a lot of that and that’s the world that embraced me first, so that I’ve never fully gathered.”
She also discussed gay men and their love for her Dreamgirls performance of “And I’m Telling You.”
“The song has its own spirit. It has an effect on everyone, but definitely on the gay community. I think they relate to it in a different type of way – in a special way. A lot of gay men I’ve met, they’re like, “In my heart, I am Effie.’ I relate to Effie, and I think that’s part of the connection. It’s a real situation that we all go through.”
You can check out Jennifer’s full interview here.
More Tragedy: Jennifer Hudson’s Half-Brother Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Estranged Wife’s Lover In The Face
It appears that another lovers quarrel has resulted in tragedy for Jennifer Hudson’s family.
According to TMZ, J-Hud’s half-brother, Steven Simpson, was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man repeatedly in the face. As it turns out, the unnamed victim was in a relationship with Simpson’s estranged wife. The troubled man is currently being held by police in Paw Paw, Michigan.
According to Daily Mail, the bloody incident occurred after Simpson showed up at his estranged wife’s apartment and flew into a jealous rage when he discovered her lover was there. Simpson is said to have a history of domestic violence and was actually out of jail on probation at the time of Monday’s attack. In fact, WWMT reports that the whole reason that he was on probation in the first place was for assaulting his wife on Super Bowl Sunday.
“He [the victim] said someone knocked on the door, he thought he was knocking on the door for somebody, and he started getting stabbed up,” Torrey Hunt, a neighbor who helped the victim after the attack, told reporters.
After being stabbed, the victim went to Hunt’s home for help around 3 a.m.
“I open the door and see blood everywhere,” he said. “He was stabbed in his chin and his chest, he had puncture wounds in his chest and his arms and stuff.”
“It was pretty scary because there was a lot of blood everywhere,” said another neighbor Krystal Miller. “I am thinking he could die any minute.”
Miller adds that Simpson had showed up to his estranged wife’s home several times in the past, pounding on the door and screaming for her to open the door.
“I hope shes alright too, obviously this guy is looking for her too,” Miller went on. “These are my neighbors; I live next to them, I don’t want anything bad to happen to them.”
Investigators say it’s unclear whether the victim or Simpson’s wife was the intended target of the attack.
“She locked herself in the bathroom until he left,” said Detective Adam DeBoer. “It appears to be an ongoing feud over a woman.”
Investigators say that Simpson showed up for questioning at the South Haven Police Department on his own around 2 p.m that day.
“He was cooperative in the sense that he showed up for questioning, but not very cooperative overall,” Detective DeBoer said.
The victim was treated at a nearby hospital, where he received 20-30 stitches. He was later released. Simpson is expected to be charged today with first-degree home invasion and attempted murder.
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After taking time off to build up her acting resume, Jennifer Hudson is back on the music scene with new ear candy!
On August 19, Jennifer will perform live on NBC’s The Today Show and we’re giving away tickets to three lucky MadameNoire readers who are #TeamJHud.
If you live in the New York City area, check the box below for details on how to enter our contest to win a ticket and a #TeamJHud t-shirt to see Jennifer blow the house down!
“I Was Shocked That They Weren’t Happy For Me”: Ledisi Says Some Women Weren’t Feeling Her Weight Loss
Losing a great deal of weight through hard work, healthy eating and exercise is a major accomplishment, and should be celebrated. But in everyday life, and especially in the entertainment industry where all eyes are on you, it can be something that isn’t always met with the greatest amount of support. Losing a few pounds always impresses people, but when you pop up a whole new you and drop many pounds, not everyone will always be so excited. Either you’re too big or you’re too skinny for some, and this is something we’ve noticed in conversations surrounding the transformations of Jennifer Hudson, Rick Ross and even Jordin Sparks too. And now, Ledisi says that she encountered people who weren’t as stoked about the changes she was going through. But she tells Sister 2 Sister in their August issue that for every detractor, there have been plenty more people cheering her on:
“It’s funny because when I started losing weight and stuff, there were some people predominantly women that were, like, shocked. And I was shocked that they weren’t happy for me. Then, I realized that’s just a few of them. There’s a lotta women who are happy for me and my evolution. So it’s a great thing.”
Ledisi is looking absolutely amazing these days, and when we spoke to her late last year, she said that she decided to drop some pounds after realizing that she wanted to improve herself and increase her happiness.
“When I had my last relationship, when you lose stuff, you start losing things and you start to think, what do I want to do better with myself? How can I improve myself? It was basically me deciding, what would enhance your life and make you have more fun? Because you’re not having enough fun. So I decided to go back to dance class and in dance class you’re forced to look in the mirror. And you’re rolling and moving and like ‘I don’t like that no more, I want to change it [laughs].’ So I started working on me and it forced me to work on me. If forced me to look in: Why do I eat the things that I eat? Why do I do what I do? It forced me to look at myself and I felt beautiful before but I feel more because I’m taking care of my body. I’m drinking more water, and I just did it for me.”
“It’s Very Hurtful And Extremely Upsetting”: Jennifer Hudson On Claims She “Sacrificed” Family Members To Be In Illuminati
If you ask me, all that sounds silly as hell and quite disrespectful, and Hudson has actually heard about such claims. In an interview to help promote her upcoming new album JHUD (coming out in August) with DC’s Majic 102.3, Hudson addressed them and says that as a Christian woman, people are really crossing the line:
“I think people find a way to discredit people in everything you do. Nothing is ever what it really is. And at the end of the day, we all work hard for what we get and what we do just like anyone else. And it’s unfair that some people would be that cruel to impose such negativity on things that is done from a positive place and perspective. And t’s very hurtful and extremely upsetting. Especially coming from a Christian standpoint.
Every time I hear stuff like that, I’m like ‘You will not take the credit for God’s work and give it to Satan. Not on my watch. Not on my watch.’ So again, it’s extremely upsetting. There’s so much to be said about that, but you don’t have the time, and neither do I.”
This isn’t the first time Hudson had to confront such rumors about herself. In 2011, she told fans this during a U-Stream session:
“I’m so glad someone brought this Illuminati mess up because only a child of God would address it. That is the most ignorant thing I have ever heard in my life. And it’s offensive because basically what? The people that are here today don’t deserve to be where they are? What, we didn’t work for it? So I find—and I hate to go there—but I find it’s those that can’t make it that would probably join Illuminati, or whoever that is, to get somewhere.
Don’t listen to that type of stuff, don’t follow that stuff because those people are only luring you in to become a part of some mess like that, so know that you’re only falling victim. That’s their way of gaining [followers]. I’d advise you to stay away from it. Those who are reading it are falling into it. It could not be more untrue.”
Jennifer Hudson’s collaboration with Timbaland has been out in the blogosphere since the spring time but this week, Hudson dropped visuals for the single. In the opening scene of the video, Jennifer walks out donning a cut off shirt leggings, an asymmetrical hair cut and some big, bold and gaudy jewelry. It’s very Sal-N-Pepa. She’s on her way to the hair salon when a dude from around the way stops and tries to holler at her.
J Hud admits that while he is enticing, he’ll have to do a bit more to win her affections or “Walk It Out” with her. And she provides him with a pretty comprehensive list.
Jennifer goes from the salon, to the park and finally to the night time streets, ignoring this nicely chiseled man. But finally, when he offers her the keys to his BMW convertible, she’s willing to give him a chance. Ha!
Check out the video below and let us know if you’re feeling this new one from Hudson as well as the song itself.
June is Black Music Month and to pay homage to the melodic contributions of some of our favorite artists we’re taking a look at a few of our favorite celebrity singers turned actors who make it tough to decide which role we like them in best. For more on the artists here, head over to XFINITY CelebrateBlackTV.com. From The Wiz to Dreamgirls, check out great films with even better soundtracks, plus interviews, music videos and more all month long.
When he put on a dress, blonde wig, fishnet stockings and pursed up his lips as In Living Color’s ugly Wanda, he stole the show. The character helped launchJamie Foxx’s career in Hollywood and he became so popular, he earned a show of his own. But before he became a household name as a bona fide actor, Foxx’s first love was singing. He began playing the piano at five years old and after he graduated from high school, the Texas native went to college on a scholarship to study classical music and composition. Foxx brought home an Oscar for his role playing legendary singer Ray Charles in the film Ray and he’s also released four albums dating all the way back to 1994.
Hollywood movies=big money. Once the budget is figured out you need to pay the director, actors and other key employees. And then there are the costs for props, design and film locations. This is why production companies dish out some serious cash to market their pictures in efforts to make them box office hits.
But what happens when the film gets delayed? Unfortunately if it does, it can lose a lot of steam. After all, out of sight is out of mind. Here’s a look at films with delayed release dates. Some were able to come out okay while others didn’t do so well.
Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.
When fans met Tamar Braxton as part of the hit reality show “Braxton Family Values,” she was adamant about not having a child at the time. Ready to finally kick off her solo career just right, the baby sibling of six wanted to focus on her singing even though husband Vince was ready to become a father. Last June, Tamar gave birth to her son Logan and insisted this will be her first, her last, and her only.