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Jennifer Hudson On “Chi-Raq” Controversy: “How Far Are We Going To Go Before We Do Something?”

November 23rd, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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Meet and greet with the cast of the Broadway revival of 'The Color Purple,' held at the InterContinental Hotel - Arrivals Featuring: Jennifer Hudson Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 20 Nov 2015 Credit: Joseph Marzullo/

Meet and greet with the cast of the Broadway revival of ‘The Color Purple,’ held at the InterContinental Hotel – Arrivals
Featuring: Jennifer Hudson
Where: New York City, New York, United States
When: 20 Nov 2015
Credit: Joseph Marzullo/

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.”

Jennifer Hudson and MadameNoire Managing Editor Brande Victorian at "The Color Purple" press event in New York City.

Jennifer Hudson and MadameNoire Managing Editor Brande Victorian at “The Color Purple” press event in New York City.

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.”

Report: Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Star In Aretha Franklin Biopic

August 25th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Well, it looks like Aretha Franklin will get her wish.

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?

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15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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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



Short Hair, We Care!: Jennifer Hudson’s Super Short Hairdo

August 14th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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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!

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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?

Summer Casual Friday Work Outfits: Steal 15 Star Looks!

June 19th, 2015 - By Rich
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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!

This Weekend On Café Mocha: A Look Back At Some Of Your Favorite Interviews For Black Music Month

June 5th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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jhud5It’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.

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Visit Café Mocha Radio for air times around the country and on SiriusXM Channel 141. #CMR #CafeMocha

Carpool Karaoke: Jennifer Hudson and James Corden Jam On The Late Late Show

April 16th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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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.

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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.

Mommy and Me: Jennifer Hudson’s Adorable Family Moments

April 4th, 2015 - By Rich
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We love watching our Celebrity Glam Mom’s thrive and balance motherhood with a successful career. We’ve all witnessed the meteoric rise of actress, singer and author Jennifer Hudson—since we were introduced to the American Idol alum in 2004, the 33-year-old has not slowed down! We are truly inspired by Hudson. When the Oscar-winner isn’t on stage or a movie set, she’s giving us glimpses into her family life via Instagram. Hudson shares a 5-year-old son, David Jr. with fiancé David Daniel Otunga, Jr. A few years ago, Hudson shared with what the most challenging stage was when raising her toddler:

David Jr. is such a phenomenal little boy, but if I had to pick the most challenging stage, I would say the transition stage of having a little baby in my arms and being able to rock him to sleep to seeing him get older. This has been the hardest thing for me, watching him grow up. When he was tiny, I was his world and now he has his own schedule and the things he wants to do. “Mommy, I want to play with kids.” Or, “Mommy I want go to so-and-so’s house.” Or he will just go off any play by himself. I’m always left standing saying, “What about mommy?” It is going way too fast for me. I love watching him take leaps and bounds into the next stage. He’s getting ready to go to preschool and I am not ready for that. I am dreading the fall (laughs).

Click continue to check out some of Hudson’s most adorable family moments that she shares via Instagram, David Jr. is so cute and he is getting so big!

Mommy and Me: Jennifer Hudson’s Adorable Family Moments

The Kids Choice Awards 2015 Winners & Pics

March 29th, 2015 - By Rich
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Nick Jonas hosted The 2015 Kids Choice Awards celebration at The Forum in Inglewood, California. There were performances by Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson just to name a few.

Angelina Jolie Pitt, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, One Direction, Selena Gomez, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fifth Harmony, The Voice and Austin & Ally were among this year’s fan favorites, winning orange blimps at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

Jonas opened the show with a stunning performance of his Billboard Top 10 smash, “Chains,” and this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards was as messy as ever, from Jennifer Lopez presenting Jonas with his award and a surprise sliming; to the Favorite Family TV Show stars of Modern Family getting doused in goo; Jonas chugging a mug of slime in a “Dare or Dare” slime challenge; and a backstage pie fight between Chris Pratt and the cast of Henry Danger.

Here is a list of some of the winners along with pictures…

Favorite New Artist
5 Seconds of Summer

Fifth Harmony *WINNER
Iggy Azalea
Jessie J
Meghan Trainor

Favorite Kids TV Show
“Austin & Ally” *WINNER

“Dog with a Blog”
“Every Witch Way”
“Henry Danger”
“Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”

Favorite Movie Actor
Ben Stiller, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” *WINNER

Hugh Jackman, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
Jamie Foxx, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”
Mark Wahlberg, “Transformers: Age of Extinction”
Steve Carell, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”
Will Arnett, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Lego Movie”

Favorite Music Group
Fall Out Boy
Imagine Dragons
Maroon 5
One Direction *WINNER

Favorite Song Of The Year
“All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor
“Bang Bang” Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj *WINNER
“Dark Horse” Katy Perry
“Fancy” Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
“Problem” Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea
“Shake It Off” Taylor Swift

Style To Steal Or Girl, Stop? Black Folks Doing It Big, And Bad, At The 2015 Academy Awards

February 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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It’s Hollywood’s biggest night, and while black folks might not have picked up many nominations (Selma is nominated in the Best Picture category, and “Glory” is nominated for Best Original Song), I was quite surprised to see how many of our stars showed up for the the big ceremony. What are they looking like? I have all their looks for you to see, and talk about, here. So who looked amazing and who didn’t? Let’s chat!


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Lupita Nyong’o

In a custom Calvin Klein gown, Lupita returned to the Academy Awards red carpet a year after winning. Her heavily adorned pearl dress with its open back and keyhole detail is one-of-a-kind, and she definitely looks one-of-a-kind on the carpet. And while I like what they’ve tried to with her hair recently, I actually prefer this close, cropped and curled look. Steal!