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Jennifer Hudson Covers ESSENCE [Jan. ’14]

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Jennifer Hudson is glammed up for the January 2014 issue of Essence magazine.

The Black Nativity star chatted with the magazine about her upcoming album, her new outlook on life and more.

On her new view on life since turning the big 3-0:
“I spent my twenties figuring out what I wanted to do, and trying everything. But by 30, my foundation was set. I became confident and clear about the path I wanted to take… Now I’ve really settled into myself. And I’m stronger than I’ve ever been.”

On her singing career:
“I learned that I am a musician and I am an artist, and they are two different things completely. It’s one thing to be a musician, where as before I was just a vocalist. Now I’m tapping into myself being a musician and an artist. So I feel like you will find that on this next album.”
On her upcoming album:
“The Jennifer sound is still very soulful and very musician and driven I must say. The music feels like live band, full of tracks. And as far as personality, I feel like it’s more of me coming through since I’ve been writing more. So you’re hearing more from my perspective more so than from someone writing for me and telling me to sing. It’s more like my expression as a person and as a musician as well. And this time around it’s more about lifting people up more so than ‘I’m going to sing you this song and sing it to perfection’ but again it’s more about lifting everyone up.”

 

 

Jennifer Hudson Discusses Motherhood, Weight-Loss & A New Album

Jennifer Hudson Talks Motherhood, Slimming Down & Dealing With Disappointment

Jennifer Hudson sat down with Daily Mail (a UK-based publication) to dish on her new svelte body, how her weight has changed her career, motherhood and dealing with disappointment. JHud also did a high fashion shoot for the publication, which you can find below. Check out some of the highlights from her interview below.

JHud on if she agree that the odds are against plus-size women in the entertainment industry:

‘No, because I was doing OK before,’ Jennifer says. ‘But the truth is, so many more opportunities open up when you’re on the other side, as I am now. I’d no idea what I was missing out on. It’s like a whole other world. Suddenly every designer wants to dress you. It’s like, “You look amazing! Please, choose a dress. Have a bag. And what about shoes?” I mean, wow!’

JHud on how being thinner is exciting:
‘To be able to sing at this level is a blessing in itself, and I got publicity for what I was doing before I dieted. But never to this extent. Now, whenever I open a magazine, I seem to see myself there. And I get to dress up every day and have someone take photos of it all. For someone who loves fashion, it’s like living the dream. Of course there are those mornings when I think, “Please don’t look at me right now!” But you just have to pull yourself together, get out there and do your job. I mean, how lucky am I to be in this position?’
JHud on not looking perfect all the time:
‘When it’s mommy time at home, the supermodel me – black Barbie, as I call her – is definitely not in the house. I don’t want to be all glammed-up in big hair and full make-up. I need to relax, to breathe and to concentrate on my son.’
JHud on being an inspiration to others:
‘I’ve never heard the word “inspiration” as often as I have this past year. I get stopped in the street, in airports, everywhere, by people saying, “You’re my inspiration,” and I don’t begin to know how to respond. What did I do to deserve it and what do I say? Like with the weight loss… I’d no idea so many people were watching me or that they cared.’
 JHud on dealing with disappointment:
‘“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you from getting where you want to be.” Those were the lessons that I took from American Idol,’ says Jennifer. ‘“OK, from now on I refuse to let anyone interrupt the vision I have for myself.” Sometimes I think we hurt ourselves by being too aware of the challenges. It can be better not to know. With Dreamgirls, I had absolutely no idea what I was letting myself in for until I was out there on the set.’JHud on her son David Otunga Jr. :

‘He’s very much his own person, a little performer who loves to sing and dance,’ she says. ‘He’s so charming, too. Yes, I’m biased, but I’ve never seen a child with such presence. He says “hi” or “bye bye” to everyone when he comes in or out of a room, and goes round blowing kisses to everyone. My phone is completely backed up from videoing everything he does, because he surprises me constantly.
‘When I found out I was pregnant and went for the scan, he was so very little. To have that memory fresh in my mind and yet to now have this boy with me, dancing and laughing…’

 Hudson on moving back to Chicago:
‘Now that we’ve moved back again, there aren’t enough hours in the day. I’m constantly running here, there and everywhere, seeing people. And I need that, you know? I love to feel connected. For me, home is all about comfort, so the guest bedroom has been turned into a pillow room. I especially love the colour purple, so it’s full of purple pillows that I’ve bought on my travels. I must have at least 400 at this point. I call the room Purple Heaven, because you can go in there and just collapse.’
‘My message to young people is to stay positive and not to doubt their dreams,’ she says. ‘There are things we long to do in life but think we’re not good enough or clever enough to make happen. Just go for it! Dreams do come true. If anyone’s proof of that, it’s me.’

Read the full-interview at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk

Jennifer Hudson celebrates new Disney Dream Cruise Ship and dishes on wedding details

Jennifer Hudson helped celebrate f Disney’s new Disney Dream cruise ship on Jan. 19 in Orlando.

Hudson posed alongside Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A. Iger , Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Thomas O. Staggs and a ceremonial bottle of Champagne at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new cruise ship.

The Dreamgirls actress also dished on details of her wedding to David Otunga and  their relationship as a whole.

On her wedding dress and wedding details:

“Everything is already set. We already have our wedding bands and everything made, and Neil Lane made them. I designed [my dress] myself. I did. It has its own show. It is a show, so it has to have its own moment with special lighting and everything, and theme music. Oh, I am so serious. It’s white. That’s the color, in keeping with tradition. Baby came first, but hey.

Oh my God, [planning] is so hard, and then the bride has to make all the decisions, and that’s a lot of pressure. It’s like ‘I don’t know what I want!’

One minute I wanted this huge, grand wedding, and now I’m like ‘I don’t know that I want it so big.’ I have to make up my mind again. We’ll have to wait and see, but I know I’ll be wearing Neil Lane.”

David, Jr. will look just like his father in his tux. So cute. I’ll have both my Davids. Maybe he’ll walk Mommy down the aisle. That would be so cute!”

On her and David’s “Punk and Punky’s” adventuresome relationship

“We’re two big, giant kids, and we have the best time together. We call it our Punk and Punky adventures. [laughs] That’s how we are. I think we complement each other well. He’s a genius, he’s super smart, and I think he’s the perfect man for me.

That’s the thing – you never know [what adventures]. We’ll just get up, and then there’s the day, and we’ll have no idea what’s going to happen, but we end up not like on this winding, never-ending journey, like ‘OK, what are we doing? What’s happening today?’ but it’s like we’re friends first, and we enjoy each other’s company, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s us together. These adventures are random, he snatches me out of bed, like ‘let’s go!’ It’s like ‘ohh! Where are we going?’ It’s like we’re on the David roller coaster. [laughs].”


Jennifer Hudson and Elton John at Andre Agassi Foundation’s Grand Slam For Children Benefit Concert

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Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, her son David Otunga Jr. posed with Sir Elton John at the Andre Agassi Foundation’s Grand Slam For Children Benefit Concert at the Wynn Las Vegas on October 9, 2010 in in Las Vegas, NV. John and Hudson were two of the many guests at the event. Hudson once again gave a stellar performance that wowed the crowd.  View some pictures from her performance below.

Photos by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson and baby David in ‘Fashion Magazine’

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Jennifer Hudson and son David Otunga Jr., are featured in the latest issue of Fashion Magazine. Hudson recently moved back to her hometown, Chicago, so  David Jr. could be closer to his  extended family.

This is what Hudson had to say to Fashion Magazine about her little tike:

With the baby growing up, we want him to be around our family. We feel so secluded. Both David and I are the babies of the family, and we want to be home with our families as well.

I have got the sweetest little baby in the world. He just got two new teeth, so he smiles with them now – he pokes them out there, like, ‘Look at my teeth’.”

Source: FashionMagazine.com

Jennifer Hudson flashes engagement ring to paparazzi

Photo by Bauer Griffin

Singer Jennifer Hudson was seen at LAX flashing her ginormous engagement ring to the paparazzi. Rumor has it that Hudson and her fiance David Otunga have set a wedding date. Not only that, it seems as though Ms. Hudson has also found her dress!

Photo by Bauer Griffin

Photo by Bauer Griffin

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