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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 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


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


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.

If You Want It You Got It… And Then You Get Gone: J-Hud Parts With Weight Watchers

March 15th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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After losing a total of 80 lbs. with the weight loss giant, Jennifer Hudson announced she will no longer be a spokesperson for Weight Watchers. In a statement to People, she revealed:

“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. 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.”

A representative for the Grammy and Academy award-winning actress stated that the decision was mutual, and that the company has enjoyed their partnership with Hudson which began in 2010 and hopes she continues to make healthy choices:

“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.”

Since representing the brand, the weight seemed to melt away from Hudson’s once extra curvy frame. Although she had us worried when looking a little bobble-headish from time to time, we must admit that overall J-Hud’s new body is particularly banging.

We don’t know about y’all, but hearing Hudson belt “If you want it you got it,” occasionally throughout a day of watching Lifetime movies really had us believing we could do anything from getting up off the couch to vacuum to curing cancer. There was so much hunger and power in that voice.

Hudson starred in last year’s film Black Nativity and is working on her third studio album featuring production from Timbaland, Pharrell and R. Kelly. The project which she describes as a “feel-good album” is scheduled to be released in the spring.

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Her Va Va Va Voom In V Magazine

February 27th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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J-Hud is giving us all sorts of “Miss Hudson if you nasty” sexiness for her latest shoot with V Magazine. Shot by Terry Richardson, who is notorious for capturing his subjects in as little clothes as possible, it should be no surprise that we’re seeing more of Jennifer than we normally do. Interestingly, that seems to be just fine with the singer who says she’s now at the point in her career where she really wants people to see her.

“Earlier in my career I was just a soloist singing other people’s songs. Now I really want to be an artist,” she said. “I want to lift the people up, have fun, create a moment. I have my own visions that I want to bring to life. People think I sit in church all day or stay at home and stare at my Oscar. It’s like I’m a nun or the president or something. I realized that people don’t really know who I am. It just feels like it’s time to take the training wheels off, you know? Let them see me.”

Well, we’re definitely seeing you right now boo.  Check out the rest of the pics from Jennifer Hudson V Magazine on the next few pages. What do you think?

Black, White, And Red Lip All Over: Whose BET Honors Look Are You Feeling More?

February 24th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Tonight some of the biggest names in Rhythm & Blues came out to honor even bigger names in Soul during the 2014 BET Honors ceremony. The star power ranged from honorees like Aretha Franklin and Berry Gordy, to performers which included Mariah Carey and Tamar Braxton. And then there was J-Hud and Janelle Monae who both stunned on the BET Honors red carpet in black and white ensembles and popping red lips.

Jennifer Hudson’s bold look was all the rage on social media before we even saw tonight’s ceremony, as fans went crazy over the way she’s rocking her new pixie cute, not to mention that body in that peplum mini-dress. But Janelle Monae switched up her standard uniform look just a bit tonight too, opting for a sparkly bolero jacket, which is making it hard for us to choose between these two looks!

Weigh in in the comments section and tell us who’s your pick for the best black and white look.

Jennifer Hudson BET Honors

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Jennifer Hudson?

Janelle Monae BET Honors

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Or Janelle Monae?