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After saying so long to Keke Palmer following her final performance in “Cinderella,” we’re ready to welcome another brown girl to Broadway. According to the Entertainment Weekly, Jennifer Hudson has been cast to play Shug Avery in Oprah Winfrey’s Broadway revival of the Alice Walker drama.
This will be Jennifer’s first role in a musical since her memorable role as Effie White in the 2006 remake of Dreamgirls, which earned her an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Earlier today, the 33-year-old Chicago native took to Twitter to share the exciting news with fans.
“So excited to make my Broadway debut this fall as Shug Avery in the revival of #TheColorPurple!” she tweeted.
So far, other casting details have not been disclosed. The production is being directed by John Doyle. He previously debuted “The Color Purple” in 2013 in London. The musical was written by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics for the production have been arranged by Grammy-winning trio Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.
Considering how well she did in her Dreamgirls role, we’re totally here for this!
When Jennifer Hudson got rid of her long extensions in order to try out a short cut, I think we could all agree that it was a good move and a great look for her. But she’s not done yet when it comes to changing up her hair. With the help of celebrity hairstylist Cesar Ramirez, Hudson went from a black cut to a lilac and gray blunt bowl cut that is shaved down in the back. At first glance, I didn’t know what to think of it, but after looking it over from front to back, I’m digging the edgy look.
Hudson joins a long list of other stars embracing the purple hair trend. That includes Nicole Ritchie and “Orange is the New Black” star Dascha Polanco. And who could forget Wiz Khalifa? Check out more images of Hudson’s new cut below and let us know if you’re feeling it.
#UnderCut #Technicolor #Fade @thecutlife #ShadesOfGrey #Lilac #creative #fun #styling @mizaniusa @pravana A photo posted by Cesar Ramirez (@cesar4styles) on
When Jennifer Hudson was first introduced to the world through “American Idol,” she was in a long-term relationship with her childhood friend James. Sadly, their love didn’t survive the fame and fortune.
“Yeah, I grew up with him… His name was James. We used to call him ‘Bear, Bear,’” she told Necole Bitchie. “But he was my childhood sweetheart. He has a baby now. He moved to somewhere else. So that’s all I know about him now. Yeah, we all grew up together.”
Though she wouldn’t disclose what actually caused their split, the “Spotlight” singer dispelled rumors that her success had something to do with it.
“I think [him proposing if I won an Oscar] was a made up story at the time.”
“When we broke up, it wasn’t the fame,” she continued. “I don’t want to put his business out there. It ain’t my place to tell. And maybe that’s a part of the private side to Jennifer but I just like to give people their respect to be honest. And he’s kind of like family to this day and I’m not going to put him on blast. I’m not going to do him like that.”
She did, however, share that she’s the one who called off the 8-year relationship.
“It was my choice [to breakup]. Definitely. But it was nothing new or foreign like nothing out of the blue like he didn’t know what was going on. It had nothing to do with my fame at all. It was not an issue pertaining to that.”
And while she doesn’t credit fame for the demise of her relationship with James, she did share that it makes building something meaningful a bit challenging.
“It is difficult with [this] type of lifestyle and being a strong woman and being in any type of relationship. Which I’ve eventually come to learn when dealing with people. Or males at times have issues when they are with a successful woman. Or even, it’s weird. And I mean that in general. Across the board. It’s something I’ve noticed in a lot of situations when it comes to successful women or strong women.”
Check out Jennifer’s full interview over at Necole Bitchie.
On Jennifer Hudson And Long Engagements: I Too Have A Ring But Don’t Plan On Getting Married Anytime Soon
The departing words of an ex-friend of mine was something along the lines of, “You’re planning a wedding that you won’t ever have!”
Good riddance to her.
I guess being engaged or in a relationship for several years without so much as a venue booked or wedding plans can make people skeptical. In fact, any reasonable person would assume that after watching quite a few years go by in a relationship, there should be some definitive plans about marriage. For the most part, that is true. There are talks and plans and dreams of getting married in our conversations, and my partner and I are engaged, but walking down the aisle it is not number one on our list of things to do anytime soon.
Each person has their own ideas about relationships and weddings, and for some of us, good relationships take precedent over fancy weddings any day. Marriage is a beautiful thing to witness and I’m a big fan of beautiful ceremonies. But why is it so hard to fathom the idea that there are people, like myself, who would rather take their sweet time getting down the aisle?
When I talk to married people and ask them to describe all the differences between my relationship and their own, they begin to throw God into the equation as if to say that He disapproves of what I have with my partner. We are two individuals that have common goals and interests and maintain a faithful and supportive relationship while living under the same roof. We love each other and do right by one another. What wouldn’t God love about that? I’ve been with my fiancé for almost seven years and within those seven years we’ve had two children and have a clear understanding of what we want our future to look like for our family. But because we haven’t officially jumped the broom, we get the side-eye from some friends and relatives.
I hope that when we do decide to really seal the deal with a wedding, it would be for all of the right reasons. Marrying right at this moment when there is pressure from both sides of our families cheapens the idea for me. I don’t want to marry the love of my life because our families think we should. I don’t want to marry for the sake of the title either, which I think way too many people do. So it’s bothersome that some question the legitimacy of my relationship based on the fact that my partner and I have chosen to focus on building a strong foundation for our future marriage and family to stand on.
I don’t have any qualms with married folk and their married lives, I just can’t understand why long-term relationships aren’t treated with some respect. I’ve stressed the fact that in reality, if you are not truly religious, the difference between a good marriage and a healthy long-lasting relationship is a document. But this is not to say that marriage is not something to aspire to. I think that all serious relationships should have marriage as the ultimate goal–at some point.
As Jennifer Hudson said, I’m only trying to get married once and I’m in no rush to hurry down the aisle. Some of the reasons why we haven’t made a serious decision on a wedding date probably have a lot to do with the example of marriage that we’ve been exposed to. And while we’ve seen quite a few unions go belly up, we do believe in love and marriage. We’re just choosing to make that step when we’re ready, and at the right time. That time is just not right now.
Great news for Sex and the City fans. According to Jennifer Hudson, who starred in Sex and the City 2, there may be a Sex and the City 3 in the works.
“Somebody just came to me talking about that,” JHud revealed during an interview with Dish Nation. “So if it’s in the talks, it might happen. So look for it.”
As you may recall, in the sequel Jennifer played Carrie Bradshaw’s hopelessly romantic assistant Louise. Sarah Jessica Parker revealed that so far, there’s only a storyline for part three, but nothing has really been set in stone.
“We’ve never really had real conversation about it, other than that I know there is a story. I think it’s a really lovely, wonderful story but whether or not we tell it remains to be seen,” she told an audience in France at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, according to Daily Mail.
The series’ executive producer Michael Patrick King revealed to Entertainment Weekly in February that there’s one story left to be told about Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda; however, he’s unsure if that story will ever see the light of day.
“The great gift or riches or luck is that I worked on two shows that were so full that they spilled over into people’s lives and the characters were rounded enough that you could still wonder where they are,” he said.
Would you be interested in see Sex and the City 3 come to fruition?
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.”