All Articles Tagged "jennifer hudson"
We’re not trying to make you spend the rest of your day crying, reminiscing about Prince but we have to share this video of the cast of The Color Purple musical tributing the Purple One. Turns out, Jennifer Hudson was a personal friend to Prince. And interestingly enough, Prince had invited the entire cast to one of his legendary parties. To honor him they sang “Purple Rain” at the closing of last night’s show along with Cynthia Erivo, who plays Miss Celie in the production.
It is incredibly soulful and touching.
Have your tissue ready.
Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year. Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics. Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.
Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career. But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television. If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.
While Jennifer Hudson admits that she was slightly reluctant to accept a role in Spike Lee’s latest film, Chi-Raq, which focuses on stopping gun violence in the Chicago area, the actress says that she quickly realized why Lee selected her for the project.
“This is reality for me. This is my life. A part of my life,” said Hudson, who lost her mother, brother and nephew to gun violence in 2008, in an interview with W magazine. “I definitely had that moment of like, ‘Are you serious?’ But when I really thought about it, I understood why he came to me, and I thought, ‘You know what? It’s worth me telling my story so that hopefully no one else has a story like this to tell.”
The 34-year-old, who is a Chicago native, also shared that her ties to the city also inspired her to accept the role.
“The film we’re doing is trying to save my city, as my mother said, take care of home. So for that reason I was like, ‘Okay, I get it, it’s worth doing.’ But I don’t think it’s anything I will ever, ever revisit again.”
In the film, Hudson plays the role of a mother who loses her daughter to gun violence.
“If we didn’t have these issues, I don’t think a movie like that would have needed to be made,” the singer explained. “That’s the point of making it, to make people pay attention and say, ‘Guys, we have to start somewhere.’ And it’s not just the city of Chicago. It’s everywhere. It’s a bad time right now, no matter where we look. Kids can’t go to school; people can’t go to church, you can’t go to the movies.”
Did you check out Chi-Raq yet? What are your thoughts?
Before Chi-Raq made its premiere at the Chicago Theatre this past Sunday people already had their minds made up about the Spike Lee film. At the first announcement of the movie, Chicago residents were critical of the project and a 2-and-a-half minute trailer released earlier this month drew more backlash than Spike Lee or Jennifer Hudson, who stars in the upcoming limited release, feel is warranted.
We recently had a chance to chat with Hudson, a Chi-town native whose personally been affected by the gun violence ravaging the city, at a press junket for another one of her projects, The Color Purple on Broadway. When we asked how she thinks audiences will react to Chi-Raq she said she’s very “curious.”
“Apparently it’s such a controversial thing and I really don’t understand why, but when you’re talking about real life and real things people take it personally,” she told us. “I feel like it’s something that’s definitely worth doing. It’s definitely a subject that needs to be talked about and had attention brought to. Using my own reality, feelings, and emotions, it was probably the hardest and heaviest role I have ever played in my life. From the moment I took the role and I stepped on the set I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I was literally holding my breath until it was over. It’s something very close to home for me. It was heavy, but I really feel it’s needed. Chicago needs help.
“We have to do something. In the world period, when violence happens, craziness happens, it’s like, ‘guys, what’s the breaking point? When is it enough? How far are we going to go before we do something?’ We have to start somewhere.”
Hudson is certainly doing her part, all while maintaining an insanely busy schedule. On Dec 10, The Color Purple will have its official Broadway opening and the world will be introduced to Hudson’s version of the iconic Shug Avery — a role the 34-year-old confessed she was “shocked” to land.
“I thought, me? As Shug Avery? Because it was like, ‘So Jennifer, would you like to do Color Purple’ and I was like, ‘Sure, who am I going to play?’ And it was like me? Really? Shug Avery? I definitely never would’ve guessed Shug Avery. It took a minute, but I love it. She’s the most different character I’ve ever played. She’s the most glamorous character I’ve ever played, and light. Everything is always so heavy, but outside of Sofia she’s the comic relief in a way — in a sassy way. I love that.”
Something else the singer and actress loves is coming home to her son, David Jr., and nephew who relocated to New York City with J-Hud while she performs in the Color Purple revival. The singer admitted it’s not always easy balancing motherhood with the stage though.
“I have two kids right now. I have one child, which is little David, but I brought his favorite cousin to go to school with him so I have two kids for the year — just for the year, let me be clear. After being in rehearsal from 10 in the morning to 6 at night, I go home and it’s like ‘Mommy!’ ‘Auntie’ and they want to dance and sing and it’s their time and I want to spend time with them so it never ends. There’s never a break, ever.”
In 2013, the legendary singer said that she wanted Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson to take the lead role in her biopic, and according to Vulture, that dream is on the brink of becoming a reality.
Apparently, Hudson is in talks to star in the film, which has Franklin’s approval and is being developed by Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein.
Currently, the project remains untitled but according to reports, it will focus equally on her career and her personal life—including her abusive marriage to manager Ted White.
“The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it,” Franklin told Billboard in 2014.
According to The Wrap, Hudson has not been officially cast, and there is no deal in place as of yet, but a representative for the singer confirmed that conversations have taken place.
We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Do you believe Jennifer would make a good Aretha?
According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.
Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.
Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine
images: COURTESY JENNIFER HUDSON
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson revealed a much shorter hairstyle on Instagram — and we’re loving it!
“All black every thang! Who needs hair, when u serving face!,” she captioned the shot on her feed Friday morning.
We’ve always loved mama J-Hud’s pixie styles over the years. But with this hot new look is serving confidence and ease!
The award-winning actress and skillful singer is taking her talents to Broadway this fall, playing Shug Avery in The Color Purple. We’re sure this style will make those wardrobe and wig changes that much easier.
Would you make a chop like this?
These Hollywood-inspired casual Friday work outfits will pretty much work for the label executive to the legal eagle to the styling assistant. Take a quick skim through and get inspired!
All images courtesy of WENN
Summer Casual Friday Work Outfits: Steal 15 Star Looks!
It’s June, so welcome to Black Music Month. Over the years, Café Mocha has interviewed some of the best in R&B. We flashback to our interviews with Oscar & Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and the “Game Changer” himself, Johnny Gill.
The “Love & War” singer Tamar Braxton and the “Conqueror” Estelle also talk with us.
And no, we can’t forget about music legends Freda Payne and Aretha Franklin. This week we look back at some of our favorites.
Did Y’all See that Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself on the cover of Vanity Fair? Don’t miss the ladies of Did Y’all See on Café Mocha Radio this weekend and anytime on the MadameNoire YouTube page.
Visit Café Mocha Radio for air times around the country and on SiriusXM Channel 141. #CMR #CafeMocha
Jennifer Hudson and James Corden had a good ol time with “Carpool Karaoke,” a recurring segment on CBS’ The Late Late Show. They began their drive through L.A. and Corden lightened the mood by turning on “Trouble,” Hudson’s song with Iggy Azalea. He impressed Hudson by rapping Azalea’s verse, too!
Before long, Corden wanted to hit up the Astro Burger drive-thru. “I’m not going to change my routine just because I’m running late,” he explained. Hudson sang his order, which included a cheeseburger and fries. “Don’t forget my Diet Coke,” she crooned. The late-night host then did his best R. Kelly impression…priceless.
Hudson, who once worked at Burger King, said: “My favorite part was singing in the driveway. While they were pulling up, they heard me soon as…AHHHHHHH!” Hudson recalled, hitting one of her signature high notes.
Corden then turned on “Spotlight,” another one of Hudson’s hits. “I didn’t have ‘Spotlight’ back then, but…” she said before singing along.
When they drove past Hudson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they pulled over to take a selfie.
Corden also asked Hudson about David Otunga. “Your fiancé is law graduate, Harvard, but he’s also a wrestler, which makes no sense to me,” he said with a laugh. “There can’t be many people in the world who are like, ‘I’m going to be a WWE wrestler and I’m going to have my law degree to fall back on.'”
“It’s interesting,” she said. “Sometimes he likes to experiment on me and put in, like, a headlock.” After demonstrating one of Otunga’s moves, Corden joked, “We call that domestic abuse in Britain.”
The duo finished the drive with “And I Am Telling You” from Dreamgirls. Hudson didn’t miss a single note, and Corden did his best.