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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.”

 

 

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Viola Davis Covers ESSENCE [October ’13]

 

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Viola Davis looks radiant on the October issue of ESSENCE magazine.

The Help star  chats it up with the editor about staying true to herself and love. She even reveals that her husband, Julius Tennon, was a gift from God after He answered her prayers.

On the type of man she wanted:

“I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before,” she says. “I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself.”
On her prayers being answered soon after:
“I met my husband three and a half weeks later. “On one our first dates, he took me to church.”

 

On why she no longer wears wigs:
“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life,” she says. “I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”

This issue of Essence is on newsstands today!

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Kelly Rowland for ESSENCE Magazine [September]

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Jump into fall with Kelly Rowland, as she covers the September issue of Essence magazine.

The “Dirty Laundry” singer says she is constantly inspired by fashion, “but doesn’t necessarily like to follow directions… I think you should do whatever works for you.”

Rowland can be seen on the judging panel alongside Simon Cowell, when The X-Factor returns this fall.

Angela Bassett, Susan L. Taylor Become Honorary Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc

 

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Actress Angela Bassett and former Essence editor-in-chief Susan L. Taylor are the latest women to become honorary members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

The ladies DST were out and about to celebrate 100-years in existence at their Centennial Conference in Washington, D.C.

Delta Diva Sheryl Lee Ralph tweeted thew news over the weekend. She tweeted, “I welcome sorors @Angela Bassett soror @SusanaTaylor soror Paula Madison my new sorors Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.”

Bassett also took to Twitter to tweet some photos (below) from their induction ceremony. She tweeted, “Thank you to the dynamic women of @DSTinc1913! I am honored as one of your newest Sorors! #DST100YEARS.”

Taylor and Bassett joins famous Deltas such as as Nikki Giovanni, Aretha Franklin, Ruby Dee Davis and Keisha Knight Pulliam.

 

 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Covers ESSENCE Magazine

 

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Dwayne Johnson flashed his million-dollar smile on the new cover of Essence magazine.

Johnson’s show The Hero has been a hit with fans and he has been hitting the gym hard as he film the new Hercules movie.

The actor-wrestler spoke with Essence ‘s senior writer Jeannine Amber on what he wants in a woman, what he loves about Black women and much more.

On the type of women he likes:

“…..engaging in good conversation” is essential in a healthy relationship, but “embracing the power of kissing” doesn’t hurt.

On what he needs and wants in a relationship:

“I want someone who can trust that my big hands are going to take care of them.”

On how his divorce helped him be a better man:

“I want to be a man who is truthful and who won’t let pride get in the way of my ripping myself open to my partner and saying, ‘Here I am. This is me.’ I feel there’s something powerful when a man reaches a point in his life when he can be completely vulnerable.”

For more with Johnson, pick up the August issue of ESSENCE now.

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