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Review: Jennifer Hudson's Vocals Remain Impressive On ‘JHUD’

September 24th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
How many people would’ve predicted that a big-voiced R&B diva like Jennifer Hudson would release a dance R&B album? The better question might be, who would’ve guessed someone as remarkably talented as Jennifer Hudson would’ve only made seventh place on American Idol, let alone been voted off at all? Don’t shed tears for Hudson, as her entertainment career has easily atoned for an untimely exit on Idol – namely in the form of an Academy Award (Dreamgirls) and Grammy (for Best R&B album for Jennifer Hudson).

Now on album three, the established R&B chanteuse, who’s dropped two gold albums, ...
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Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music

September 23rd, 2014 10:10am EDT
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga Lead Albums To Check Out: This Week in
Call Tuesday, September 23 what it is – super Tuesday. Truly in the music industry this fourth Tuesday in September, there is something being released for everybody. That said, arguably Tuesday’s most exciting album is a covers album – an album of standards released by Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett. Still, there’s no shortage of albums to check out, namely the other 12 albums that grace this list!

1) Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek (Streamline / Columbia / Interscope)

What happens when you pair an eccentric dance-pop artist and a veteran jazz crooner – magic and tremendous buzz. ...
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The 15 Sexiest Black Actresses In Hollywood

July 12th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Lupita Nyong'o
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is of Mexican and Kenyan descent. She was born in Mexico City but was raised in Kenya and educated in the United States. Earlier this year she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first starring role in "12 Years a Slave." People magazine subsequently named her the "Most Beautiful" star of 2014.

During the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in February, the actress talked about being bullied as a child and wishing she could change her skin color.

She told the Associated Press: "I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to ...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Jennifer Hudson Flaunts Weight Loss In A Bikini While Vacationing In Mexico

June 18th, 2014 1:19pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson earned it! The singer posted a selfie on Instagram Tuesday night showing off her toned figure while vacationing in Mexico, letting fans know that she has no regrets about taking some time off.

"It would take mexico to get me to play on the beach ! I'm so not that girl ! But I work hard , I deserve it right ! Plus, I earned it !" she wrote.

Back in March, J Hud parted ways with Weight Watchers after four years as the company's spokesperson.

Since starting on the program, she's lost a whopping 80 pounds, but now she's moving on to some new projects.

"My experience with Wei...
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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

June 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...
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Jennifer Hudson Laces Up A Little Black Bandage Dress

April 24th, 2014 5:03pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson found the perfect way to celebrate Brown Shoe Company's 100th anniversary of the New York Stock Exchange by lacing up a skintight bandage dress.

The form-fitting outfit was adorned with dozens of laces along her legs and up the front. She even had aglets (those are the black or metal ends to show laces). Ironically, her knee-high boots featured zero laces – because why overdo it?

Hudson performed her new tune Walk It Out to an audience that included fellow musicians Nelly, Estelle, and Fergie.

What do you think of Jennifer Hudson's lace dress? Just right or over the t...
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The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!

March 22nd, 2014 8:00pm EDT
The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!
Singer Jordin Sparks made a drastic lifestyle change to drop more than 50 pounds over two and a half years. In 2011 she told People magazine what her "secret" was: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it. There's no secret. Anybody can do it."

The former "American Idol" star told Life & Style magazine that the extra weight was like carrying a 5-year-old child.

"By March of last year [2012], I lost 50. And then I maintained it for the rest of the year. I was in the gym all day long. When I got up I would hike, then I would g...
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The Best & Worst Dressed At The 2014 People's Choice Awards

January 9th, 2014 8:38am EST
Sandra Bullock
The awards season is kicking into high gear, and several stars stepped out for the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

Triple winner Sandra Bullock looked sweet in a navy blue, white and green floral dress, but she lacked the "wow" factor on the red carpet.

There were several actresses that stunned, including Jessica Alba, who wore a strapless bandage-type dress with a zipper down the center. Va va voom!

Then there was Malin Akerman, who wore an odd cleavage-baring dress that left us scratching our heads.

Check out the "Best Dressed" stars of the night ...
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Assistant Flips Out When Jennifer Hudson Buys Him A House

January 3rd, 2014 7:00pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson made her personal assistant's dream come true after she bought him a home for Christmas.

The singer/actress shocked her "closest friend" and long-term employee Walter Williams by giving him a house for his loyal support over the years.

Hudson posted a video of Williams' shocked reaction on Instagram with the caption: "My assistant Walter's reaction when he found out I was buying him a house for Christmas!"

In the clip, Hudson, 32, stands next to Williams in what looks like her living room. She hands him some papers, and he reads them, drops them, then jumps around and s...
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2013 American Music Awards Fashion: A Sexy Ke$ha, Skinny Aguilera, Sequined Swift

November 25th, 2013 9:56am EST
Kesha
Several stars walked the 41st Annual American Music Awards red carpet in their Sunday best last night.  Pop singer Ke$ha showed some leg in a black, one-shouldered gown with a thigh-high slit up the right leg.

She dyed her blonde hair pastel pink and turquoise. The singer performed "Timber" with Pitbull during the broadcast.

Taylor Swift took home four awards for "Artist of the Year," "Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist," "Favorite Country Female Artist" and "Favorite Country Album for 'Red'." The 5-foot-10-inch tall singer rocked a gold sequined mini skirt.

Christina Aguilera looked slim a...
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20 Celebrities With Pixie Cuts

November 9th, 2013 9:00pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Celebrities spend hours in hair and make-up chairs and are used to switching up their looks for a new role or concert tour.

Those who are truly daring opt for the infamous pixie cut, made famous by Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s and model Twiggy in the 1960s. It's a classic look that some stars have tried, and failed, to pull off. Others have successfully made the transition from long hair to short.

Jennifer Lawrence is the latest star to chop off her locks. She posted a pic of her new look on Facebook, which was snapped on an airplane while she was on route to promote her upcoming film The ...
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What Do You Think Of Jennifer Lawrence's New Pixie Cut?

November 6th, 2013 10:03pm EST
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has joined a growing number of leading ladies who have lopped off their hair for a stylish pixie cut.

Pamela Anderson, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Hudson, and Beyonce have all debuted shorter 'dos since August, and Lawrence gave her fans a look at her new hair on her official Facebook page.

In the photo, the smiling Lawrence is in a plane on her way North for Global Fan Day, which will have the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire chatting with fans via social media. In an earlier picture, Jen is shown trying out the Google Glass in preparation for a Google Hangout.

J...
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Jennifer Hudson: I've Never Had An Alcoholic Drink

October 11th, 2013 7:00pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson has shocked fans by confessing she's never tried alcohol. The 32-year-old singer/actress says she has refrained from booze because she never felt the urge to drink.

Hudson revealed the news during an interview on "Chelsea Lately" in which she was promoting a new film. She plays a heroin-addicted mother who is arrested after leaving her two young sons to take care of themselves in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete."

Host Chelsea Handler asked Hudson if she ever experimented with drugs to which she answered: "I've never done anything, so that was hard to play this role...
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Jessica Alba, Kerry Washington, More Shine At Power Of Women Luncheon

October 5th, 2013 5:45pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Some of Hollywood's most prominent women attended the 5th Annual Variety's Power of Women Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on Friday.

Actresses commended for their philanthropic work included Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, and Jennifer Hudson.

Poehler joked, "Giving to charity is good for your skin. And it makes your (butt) smaller."

Guest Jessica Alba told the crowd:  "If you're blessed with a platform and access to pop culture and media, and you have the heart, being able to raise awareness for things that you care abo...
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Review: Jennifer Hudson Shines in 'Winnie Mandela'

September 29th, 2013 3:30pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
After a spectacular portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson stole our hearts as Carrie Bradshaw's assistant in Sex and the City: The Movie and showed her skills in The Secret Life of Bees. Hudson returns to the big screen with a strong, powerful performance as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Winnie Mandela.

The film, directed by Darrell Roodt, rushes Winnie's transition as a young child growing up in a tribal village to an adult skipping town for better opportunities in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon her arrival in the metropolis, the studious adult shows she's unique when s...
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Hot & Sexy VMAs Fashion: Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, More!

August 26th, 2013 8:25am EDT
Selena Gomez
The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the hottest events of the year. Both the music and celebrity attendees are usually smoking! The show is an opportunity for artists to show off their new music as well as their fabulous figures.

Selena Gomez, 21, looked amazing in a navy blue tear away dress that revealed a lot of leg and a black bustier underneath. She won Best Pop Video for "Come & Get It."

Miley Cyrus, 20, who has admitted to doing a lot of shopping at bondage stores, showed up on the red carpet wearing skintight black leggings and a cropped top embellished around the waist and cuff...
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Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Join 'American Idol' Judging Panel

May 28th, 2013 8:22am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Rumor has it that former "American Idol" star Jennifer Hudson will join the show as a judge for its upcoming season.
 
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the singer/actress, who appeared on the competition in 2004 before being voted off, is seriously considering a return to mentor wannabes on the upcoming 13th season.

Sources say none of the four recent judges - Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban - are being asked back. Earlier this month, Jackson declared he was retiring from the show after 12 seasons.

"Idol" execs want to revamp the judging line up in response to...
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Jennifer Hudson Reportedly Signs On To Judge Next Season Of 'American Idol'

May 24th, 2013 5:30pm EDT
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Jennifer Hudson has reportedly signed a deal to sit on the judges' panel for the upcoming 13th season of American Idol.

E! Online reports that multiple sources have confirmed that the Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls in 2006) and third season contestant is the first to replace the current panel of judges -- Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, all of whom are not returning.

Hudson is the first piece in a planned new direction for the show. Producers are reportedly seeking an all-alum panel to try and get back some of the 10 million viewers it lost ...
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Jennifer Hudson's Son Breaks His Leg

April 17th, 2013 9:29am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
While playing with friends, Jennifer Hudson's three-year-old son David broke his leg recently. The little boy was trying to slide down a friend's leg when he got hurt.

Hudson told Jimmy Kimmel, "My little munchkin - he broke his leg sliding down the slide. They say the number one way children break their legs is by sliding down on someone's lap. So don't let your kids do that! We learned the hard way...
 
"He's like, 'Mummy, what's going to happen with my bad leg? Will I be able to wrestle again? Can I ride my bike?' He doesn't really understand."

The former "American Idol" star is curren...
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85th Academy Awards Fashion: The Best & Worst

February 25th, 2013 8:54am EST
85th Academy Awards Fashion: The Best & Worst
The biggest event of the year in Hollywood took place on Sunday night - The 85th Annual Academy Awards - and the stars primped and preened for their red carpet appearances.

There weren't any major fashion flubs (and admit it, that's one of the reasons you tuned in to watch!) but there were a few style missteps. For example, usually a "best" list regular, Halle Berry looked a little too space age in a black and silver heavily striped Versace gown.

Kristen Stewart also disappointed in a Remm Acra lace dress that didn't do much for her skin tone nor her figure.

Conversely, Jennifer Aniston'...
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Grammy Producer Knew Jennifer Hudson Was Perfect For Whitney Houston Tribute

February 10th, 2013 11:45pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson was the perfect person to pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammy Awards because she was familiar with the extreme grief of losing a close family member, according to event producer Ken Ehrlich.

The Dreamgirls star struck a chord with viewers as she belted out a pitch-perfect rendition of Houston's classic "I Will Always Love You" ballad at last year's prizegiving, which took place just one day after the legendary singer was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel suite.

Longtime Grammys producer Ehrlich admits Hudson's was the first name he thought of whe...
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Katharine McPhee And Jennifer Hudson Never Talked 'Idol' On 'Smash'

February 5th, 2013 8:04pm EST
NBC's Smash
Smash returns for its second season tonight with special guest star Jennifer Hudson. Hudson is the second former American Idol to appear on Smash. The show stars Katharine McPhee as a regular, but McPhee said they never talked Idol when Hudson guested on Smash.

“It never came up, no,” McPhee told the Television Critics Association in January. “We just were there for something entirely separate from where we started. It’s not a natural thing that you’d think would just come up in conversation. I was happy to have her on the show and pretty much for most part we just did the work and then I ...
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Jennifer Hudson Says 'American Idol' Has Run Its Course & Should 'Go Out On Top'

January 23rd, 2013 8:54am EST
Jennifer Hudson
After 12 seasons, is it time for "American Idol" to hang up the microphone? Former contestant (and Oscar winner) Jennifer Hudson thinks so.

The singer/actress is urging producers to quit while they're ahead and cancel the FOX reality show before the ratings drop even further. The newest season's premiere episode garnered 17.9 million viewers, down 19 percent from 2013.

The show has been sliding in popularity, and new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban haven't been able to revive it.

Hudson told Celebuzz: "Everything has its time. I think it should just allow itself to go ou...
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Jessica Simpson & Jennifer Hudson Team Up For Weight Watchers Commercial - Watch It!

January 3rd, 2013 10:18am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jessica Simpson and Jennifer Hudson are joining forces in a new advertisement for WeightWatchers. Simpson dropped more than 50 pounds on Weight Watchers, while Hudson shed 80 pounds.

The commercial, which will debut on Thursday, features the pair recalling past struggles to lose unwanted pounds and their subsequent slimming success stories.
 
Hudson says, "I was overweight my whole life. I just figured I was born that way."

Simpson, who is pregnant with her second child, explains, "I obsessed about my weight my whole life. I was always on some new life-stopping diet." She praises the diet...
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Jennifer Hudson To Perform At 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

November 8th, 2012 9:16am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson and Seal have been unveiled as the star performers at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

The pair will take to the stage in Oslo, Norway a day after the prestigious award is bestowed upon the European Union next month.

Hudson has spoken of her pride at landing the gig, telling her Twitter.com followers, "I am honored to be performing at the 19th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert on Dec 11 in Oslo, Norway!"

Geir Lundestad of the Norwegian Nobel Committee says, "Through music, they will help celebrate and promote peace, informing audiences of the extraordinary contrib...
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Jennifer Hudson Forgives Family Killer

September 10th, 2012 11:25am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson has forgiven her estranged brother-in law William Balfour for murdering her mother, brother, and nephew in 2008 because his tough upbringing left him emotionally damaged.

Balfour was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars in July after he was convicted of breaking into the family's Chicago, Illinois home and slaying Hudson's mom Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew Julian King, who was found shot dead in the back of an abandoned SUV three days later.

However, despite all the pain and suffering Balfour has caused ...
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Man Who Murdered Jennifer Hudson's Mother, Brother And Nephew Sentenced To Life In Prison

July 24th, 2012 11:32pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Convicted murderer William Balfour has been handed three life sentences for brutally slaying Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, Illinois in 2008.

The 31 year old, Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, was found guilty of first degree murder charges in May, and on Tuesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns denied Balfour a new trial and ordered him to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Handing down the punishment as the Dreamgirls star looked on, Judge Burns told the defendant, "Your soul is as barren as dark space."

Balfour, who maintained his innocence thro...
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Jennifer Hudson Performs In Leopard-Print Hot Pants In Chicago

July 12th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jessica Hudson returned to her hometown and performed at the Taste of Chicago in Illinois yesterday, braving the heat in an interesting stage costume. The singer/actress wore leopard-print hot pants with sheer black tights, a leather blouse, and short black boots.

We think she should wear whatever she wants considering she's worked so hard on losing weight and getting healthy.

Hudson, who shot to fame on season three of "American Idol," has landed a guest spot on NBC's "Smash" opposite fellow "Idol" alum Katherine McPhee. She recently starred in "The Three Stooges."

She stars in the upco...
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Jennifer Hudson's Fiance Lands Movie Debut

July 5th, 2012 11:47pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson's wrestler fiance David Otunga has landed his first movie role alongside Halle Berry.

The Harvard Law School graduate has been cast in upcoming thriller The Hive, and his proud wife-to-be couldn't be happier.

Celebrating the news on her Twitter.com page, Hudson writes, "Big congratulations to my fiance @DavidOtunga in his 1st movie role with Halle berry in 'The Hive'."

The Hive also stars Abigail Breslin and is due for release in 2013.
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