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Jennifer Hudson Comments On Lesbian Rumors: ‘If You Wanna Think That, It’s Alright With Me’

August 27th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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

August 20th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

J-Hud's half-brother allegedly stabs estranged wife's lover in the face after showing up to her apartment during the wee hours of the morning.

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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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Win A Ticket To See Jennifer Hudson Live On The Today Show!

August 6th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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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!

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“I Was Shocked That They Weren’t Happy For Me”: Ledisi Says Some Women Weren’t Feeling Her Weight Loss

July 18th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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

July 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I’m sure that after all these years you’ve heard a thing or two about the Illuminati. For conspiracy theorists, it’s a powerful group of individuals who have a hand in and control many aspects of everyday life, including our culture, our government and more. People commonly pegged as members of this society include Jay Z and Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, and surprisingly, even Jennifer Hudson. Some who believe that the Illuminati is real and includes these celebrities also believe that these notable individuals made blood sacrifices to be in the society. Some have also tried to say online that Hudson “sacrificed” her mother, her brother and her nephew (murdered by her brother-in-law) to be a member and gain her massive success.

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.”

Pass Or Play? Jennifer Hudson And Timbaland “Walk It Out”

June 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

 

From The Mic To On-Screen: Celebrity Singers Turned Actors

June 12th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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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.

Singers Turned Actors

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Jamie Foxx

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.

How Long Do We Have to Wait? 10 Films With Delayed Release Dates

June 5th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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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.

One And Done: Celebrity Moms Who Stopped After One Baby

March 19th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Some celebrity moms have seen their families grow by having multiple children while these stars have closed up shop after having only one child.

Celebrity Moms Who Only Had One Child

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Tamar Braxton

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.

Eighty Pounds Lighter, Jennifer Hudson Exits As Weight Watchers Spokesperson

March 18th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Jennifer Hudson dropped 80 pounds with Weight Watchers and became one of their most popular celebrity spokespeople. Now the singer/Oscar-winning actress is dropping the organization.

According to People magazine, after four years the two have parted ways.

“I have chosen to step away from my role as ambassador and I am excited for the year to come, with many new projects and lots of new music,” Hudson told People, adding: “My experience with Weight Watchers has truly been life changing. I am grateful for what I have learned throughout the process and will always take it with me.”

When she joined the program in  2010, she said it was to get rid of the baby weight she had gained during pregnancy. “I didn’t realize it was me. I was like, ‘Who? … Oh, my God, this is me.’ And now when I look back, wow, look at the difference from then to now,” she said.

By early 2011, Hudson had gone from size 16 to a size 6 and by the summer of that same year, it was that reported she had dropped to a size zero, reports The Huffington Post. Hudson announced after the 80-pound loss she was done slimming down.

“After four years of a successful and rewarding partnership, Weight Watchers and Jennifer Hudson are ending our official partnership, though we’re confident Jennifer will remain a Lifetime Member,” a Weight Watchers rep told Us Weekly in a statement.

“Jennifer’s healthy lifestyle and successful weight loss has inspired so many; from her friends and family to our members and staff, as well as people around the world; and we know that inspiration lives on,” the statement continued. “We will continue to support Jennifer in maintaining her healthy lifestyle and wish her the very best in her personal and professional life.”

But some say the split was far from amicable, reports EURWeb. Recent tweets by Hudson  seem like she left on a bad note.

Jessica Simpson, who also announced she’s reached her goal weight, remains a Weight Watchers spokesperson.