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Jennifer Hudson Pays Homage To Her Late Mother On 35th Birthday

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While Jennifer Hudson spent her birthday celebrating with her loved ones, there was one family member not physically present, but on her mind during her special day: her late mother, Darnell Donerson.

Hudson actually paid homage to her mother yesterday while celebrating her 35th birthday. She fashioned her signature short hair to look like a style her mother wore as a young woman before the singer hit the town with her son, fiancé, David Otunga, and sister, Julia. She shared with fans what her mother would have said to her on her birthday:

The singer looked like the spitting image of her mother in the picture.

It’s been nearly eight years since Jennifer’s mother Darnell, brother Jason and nephew Julian were killed. William Barfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister, Julia, was convicted of taking their lives and was sentenced to three life sentences. Since the tragedy, Jennifer hasn’t publicly spoken on the loss very often, but she has said that she speaks to her mother and late brother “all the time” in her head. She also celebrates the life of Julian with an event called Hatch Day through the foundation set up in his honor, the Julian D. King Foundation. The event provides students in need with supplies for the school year, and takes place every year on his birthday, August 14.

“It Inspired Something”: Jennifer Hudson Says Ciara And Russell Wilson’s Wedding May Finally Get Her To Say “I Do”

August 2nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While most folks tie the knot soon after a proposal happens, Jennifer Hudson and her fiancé, David Otunga, have been going against the grain since 2008. The pair have been engaged for eight years, and last time Hudson talked about a wedding, it sounded like she still wasn’t interested in walking down the aisle anytime soon. As she told Wendy Williams in 2014, “You ain’t gotta understand” their decision to take baby steps.

“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…”

The question now is, could that time be sooner than we think?

Hudson spoke to ESSENCE recently, and when asked about where things stood in terms of wedding planning, the star replied with “It’s been a thought obviously. It’s about timing. I am in no rush at all.”

However, she did add that after attending Ciara and Russell Wilson’s wedding in Northern England last month, and watching all of her friends tie the knot as of late, she’s feeling “inspired.”

“After being at Ciara’s wedding, I’m like, okay,” she said. “I don’t know, it inspired something. I just loved her dress. It was so beautiful. So that made me say, okay, all [of] my friends and peers are married now. You know what I mean?”

That’s still not a definitive “We have a date, ya’ll!” Still, Hudson says that when it comes to taking that next big step, “We will. It will happen.”

Thinking about the conversation that has been had over the years about Hudson and Otunga’s relationship, I wondered if one could every truly be engaged for too long. I’ve seen many people say that “that there’s no way I’m going to be engaged for that long” as outlets have continued to ask JHud about a possible wedding date, and I’ve seen her ever-changing reaction to such questions over the years. Sometimes gushing over the idea, other times, defensive in response to the inquiries. And a lot has been said about extended engagements. Experts say that when you wait quite a while to tie the knot, you’re not planting roots for the future but rather “staying in the here and now.” And the assumption is that she doesn’t really want to marry him, because, well, with her money and flexible schedule after all this time, why wouldn’t she have gone ahead and done it?

But really, when you think about the conversation, it’s interesting that there’s one being had about someone waiting to get married after being engaged, when it’s usually a chat about people getting married too soon. You simply can’t make folks happy. Taking the time to really learn one another and seeing if you’re truly a good fit not only during the good times but during the bad is actually a really good thing. Better to figure that out early rather than to have regrets (and have to split assets and give up spousal support) down the line. Plus, considering all that Hudson has gone through in her life, including losing her mother and brother at the hands of her sister’s husband, that may also play a role in her decision to take baby steps to really know what Otunga is all about.

So, after some thought, and knowing how hectic all this wedding ish really is (go to the courthouse, ladies), I don’t think one can really be engaged for too long. As long as both parties know where they stand with one another and one isn’t leading the other on a long road trip to nowhere, why not? And despite the lack of nuptials over these last eight years, when you really check out these two together, along with their son David Otunga, Jr., they still look very much in love.

All night baby!!!!!! Sing !

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Awhhhh @davidotunga Surprised us ! The whole gang is here now ! Party in my dressing room

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So with that being said, continue to do you, Jenn. We’re rooting for the couple either way.

Watch The Color Purple Cast

April 22nd, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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First Broadway performance for the revival of The Color Purple and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Curtain Call. Featuring: Cynthia Erivo Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 10 Nov 2015 Credit: Joseph Marzullo/

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.

Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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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.

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Vanessa Williams

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.

Jennifer Hudson On Accepting “Chi-Raq” Role: Gun Violence Is “A Part Of My Life”

December 10th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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?

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
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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!

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Summer Casual Friday Work Outfits: Steal 15 Star Looks!