Entertainment Spotlight | BET.com » Jennifer Hudson http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight We don't gossip. We just serve the hottest dish on all your favorite actors and artists. Stay on it. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:18:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 en hourly 1 New Year, New Relationship Updates for LeBron James, Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2012/01/03/new-year-new-relationship-updates-for-lebron-james-jennifer-hudson-aretha-franklin/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2012/01/03/new-year-new-relationship-updates-for-lebron-james-jennifer-hudson-aretha-franklin/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 16:00:07 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/?p=14670

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The new year is already prompting new beginnings with stars who are kicking things off full speed ahead on the romance front.

When the ball dropped December 31, LeBron James popped the question to the mother of his two sons Savannah Brinson at a private dinner in Miami.  The couple are high school sweethearts, and have been together for over eight years along with their sons 7-year-old LeBron Jr. and 4-year-old Bryce — making it official has been a long time coming!  The engagement party was hosted by Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union and 50 guests, including Nas, Queen Latifah, Chris & Adrienne Bosh, LeBron’s mother Gloria James, supermodel Jessica White, and more, came to celebrate the happy couple and also toasted to LeBron’s 27th birthday (December 30, 1984).

Aretha Franklin is getting her groove back and was recently engaged to her longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson, a former Detroit firefighter. The 69-year-old singer has been married twice before, but is looking to make third time a charm in a ceremony that may come this summer. “We’re looking at June or July for our date, and no, I’m not pregnant, LOL!” she said. Franklin and Wilkerson are considering a ceremony in Miami Beach, followed by a reception on a private yacht.

And although last year’s rumors had Jennifer Hudson calling off her wedding to her WWE beau David Otunga the singer and actress says the nuptials are still on. “Oh, we’ve set the date. We’re just not telling. … no, not telling. Some things you keep to yourself,” Hudson said during an exclusive NBC Dateline interview that airs this Sunday. Maybe this year  will find J-Hid with a ring on it? The couple’s 2 year old son, David Jr. would make a cute ring bearer and Jennifer’s already got her dress figured out. “It’s a show,” she said. “It has three pieces to it. I designed it myself. It has a coat for the entrance and then when I get ready to walk, you take that part off. And then it’s another dress. And then by the time I get to the alter, it’s a whole new dress.

There’s about to be a whole lot of broom jumping this year! Congrats to all the couples!

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Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey Work it Out in New Weight Loss Ads http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/12/28/jennifer-hudson-and-mariah-carey-work-it-out-in-new-weight-loss-ads/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/12/28/jennifer-hudson-and-mariah-carey-work-it-out-in-new-weight-loss-ads/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 15:00:50 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/?p=14656

(Photo: Barry Brecheisen/Getty Images for Weight Watchers)

Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey are already on their jobs to try and motivate the masses for weight loss success with new commercials just in time for the New Year.

J-Hud’s latest Weight Watchers ad shows the singer in her current svelte state onstage singing a duet with a 2004 version of herself  singing the Four Tops hit “I Believe in You and Me.”  Gotta love technology trickery! The two versions of the star show just how dramatic her reported 80-pound weight loss has been; she practically looks like an entirely different person. It’s the ultimate “Before and After” imagery, especially now that she’s more style savvy.  You know the Oscar winner in her body hugging tan dress and sleek hair wouldn’t even try it with that ill-fitting dress and matchy-matchy flower headband over the curly weave these days. The Jennifer of today’s international fame looks at her former self tenderly and belts “I believe in miracles!” and she’s definitely putting in a good case to start counting Weight Watchers points!

Mariah’s got a similarly inspiring soundtrack to her first Jenny—formerly Jenny Craig—commercial by way of a slight remix to her hit “Make it Happen” (a great track to revisit if you need a little motivation).  “The ‘Make It Happen’ song resonates with people because it comes from a real place,” she said. “I had to push through a lot of adversity in my life and this is just the next chapter.” Mimi’s showing off some serious skin and a newly tight tummy in the spot after losing 70 pounds following the birth of her twins Moroccan and Monroe.

Now that weight loss program endorsements are the new black in Hollywood, we’ll be keeping an eye out for Janet and Scary Spice’s new ad sports too!

Do these new ads make you want to get it right and keep it tight for 2012?

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Jennifer Hudson Gets Surprised With a 30th Birthday Party! http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/09/14/jennifer-hudson-gets-surprised-with-a-30th-birthday-party/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/09/14/jennifer-hudson-gets-surprised-with-a-30th-birthday-party/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 04:00:26 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/?p=13954

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Jennifer Hudson turned 30 years old on September 12 and got a sweet surprise from her sisters and 300 fans to ring in her big day.

The singer was in DC on her birthday for a gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which honored Aretha Franklin. The Oscar winner thought she was going to celebrate her “new year” at a late night dinner with friends. Instead, she was surprised with a huge birthday party at a new downtown club Opera Ultra Lounge.

At the surprise celebration Raheem Devaughn and Lil’ Mo sung her “Happy Birthday” while drag queens preformed some of Jennifer’s hits. The festivities were topped with a three-tiered cake and lasted until 2am!

At 30, Jennifer never looked better with her recently slimmed down sexy shape.  She’s had plenty of milestones to celebrate since she stepped into the scene on American Idol, with two albums, movie roles (Dreamgirls, Sex and the City, Secret Life of Bees), an Oscar and Grammy win.  Plus, a marriage and birth of her first son.

Here’s to many more fab years for J-Hud!

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J-Hud Ticked Off Oprah http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/04/27/j-hud-ticked-off-oprah/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/04/27/j-hud-ticked-off-oprah/#comments Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:46:14 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs1.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=13504

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Jennifer Hudson has got to be cringing after seeing just how upset Oprah was when she was scheduled to appear on the daytime queen’s TV show.The drama was captured on the April 23rd episode of Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes and started when Oprah found out that Jennifer Hudson would be hours late.

Of all the days J-Hud could be late, she would have to choose the day that the show was juggling an even heavier than usual three-episode taping load, thanks to a massive snowstorm. Oprah’s team of producers scrambled to make sure all of the guests were in Chicago before the storm—including Hudson. But when Oprah’s staff called Hudson, they learned the singer left Chicago the night before the taping for an event in Dallas. She was sitting on a plane delayed, instead of in Chicago getting ready for production. Oprah was beside herself. “Excuse me, excuse me. What the hell is going on?” she said. “I’ve never heard of this, in 25 years this has not happened.”

You’d think there’d be a really great reason for the last-minute trip to Texas, but Hudson was in Dallas to attend a party with Jamie Foxx. The stunt ended up backing up the entire day of production. If time is money, there’s no telling how much that cost in Oprah-land!

When the episode aired, Oprah responded to fan’s questions live on Twitter and one of her followers asked if she was “upset/mad” with Hudson after the stunt. “Uhhh kinda!” Oprah responded.

Who dares to keep Oprah waiting? For two hours … when they’ve been asked to appear on Oprah’s show …on the final season!?

Hopefully The Big O doesn’t hold grudges.

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Jennifer Hudson: I Am Not In The Illuminati http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/01/26/jennifer-hudson-i-am-not-in-the-illuminati/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2011/01/26/jennifer-hudson-i-am-not-in-the-illuminati/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 05:00:01 +0000 Runteldat http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=12781

Morons the world over have fallen victim to the latest and greatest conspiracy theory: The Illuminati.

Of course, such a belief in a deeply secretive organization well connected to Lucifer has been around for some time – but only more recently has it been tied to your favorite singer, rapper, and pop star.

One of those just happens to be the Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy award-winning singer, Jennifer Hudson.

A while back her own brother-in-law claimed that his son and J.Hud’s young nephew, along with her mother, all died because Jennifer sacrificed them for membership into the Illuminati.

Naturally he made these allegations while promoting his own rap album.

During a recent Ustream session Hudson addressed the talk for the first time:

“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.”

She had something to say to those who believe in the Illuminati period:

“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.”

Tell ‘em, Jenny. I don’t know why people act like you had to make a deal with Ursula the Sea Witch and hire Satan’s personal chef to get success and slim down.


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Jennifer Hudson Drops 20 More Pounds http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/09/17/jennifer-hudson-drops-20-more-pounds/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/09/17/jennifer-hudson-drops-20-more-pounds/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 04:00:21 +0000 Runteldat http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=11202

It’s obvious one Chicago native is no longer ordering from Harold’s Chicken anymore.

Earlier this year Academy and Grammy Award-winning star, Jennifer Hudson, revealed that she linked up with Weight Watchers and together they snatched off a pretty hefty set of pounds from her body.

And now, J.Hud is telling People magazine that she’s lost even more weight – 20 additional pounds to be exact.

The Weight Watchers spokesperson said:


“I didn’t expect to go as far as I did! People are like, ‘Okay Jennifer don’t lose anything else!’ I go into the store and they try to put me in 4s and 6s and I’m like [she looks over both shoulders] ‘Who are you trying to talk to?’ My mind hasn’t caught up yet.”

Despite the dramatic weight loss, Jennifer notes, “I’ve always been a person who’s comfortable with myself whether it’s plus-size, small size it doesn’t matter.”

Jennifer made these comments at an event for the launch of Lose for Good, which strives to teach families how to prep healthy, low-cost meals in order to fight both hunger and obesity.

Great for her, but I’ll co-sign the sentiment that she needn’t drop any more pounds. We don’t want to start calling her “head and shoulders.” That said, way to go, Jennifer.


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Halle Berry To Play Aretha Franklin? http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/09/10/aretha-franklin-halle-berry/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/09/10/aretha-franklin-halle-berry/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 19:00:40 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=11114

Aretha Franklin sure has been “Day Dreaming” again lately.

The Queen of Soul has long said she wants Halle Berry to play her in the film based on her New York Times Best-Selling Autobiography Aretha: From These Roots.  According to BV Newswire she’s letting it be known once again now that she’s in the middle of finalizing negotiations with the actors that will be in the film.

Other potential actors for the film:

Denzel Washington as  Franklin’s father Rev. C.L. Franklin, Terrence Howard as her good friend Smokey Robinson, Nia Long as her sister Erma Frankin, and Blair Underwood to play her brother and long-time manager Cecil Franklin.  Halle might be a good choice but I can also see the following actresses to play the Queen of Soul:

  • Mo’Nique
  • Gabourey Sidibe
  • S. Epatha Merkerson (of Law and Order and Lackawanna Blues)
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Fantasia (although we all agree this is reaching)
  • Lisa Nicole Carson (you might remember her as Nia Long’s homegirl in Love Jones)

I know one thing though, if Berry can go from playing Dorothy Dandridge to Aretha she might have another Oscar on her hands.

Who do you think should play Aretha Franklin?


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Jennifer Hudson Sets Wedding Date http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/03/08/jennifer-hudson-sets-wedding-date/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/03/08/jennifer-hudson-sets-wedding-date/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 16:50:57 +0000 Runteldat http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=8309

Grammy Awards Arrivals

In a new interview with Life & Style magazine, reality star turned WWE wrestler, David Otunga reveals that he and Jennifer Hudson are ready to get married.

He told the magazine:

“We’ve picked a date. And Jennifer has chosen her dress, but she won’t tell me about that, obviously.”

As for the rings, they have their minds made up.

He added:

“We know who we want to design them – Neil Lane, he made our engagement rings. And he’s a personal friend as well.”

As for the role their son will play in the wedding, he added, “I want my son and I to wear matching custom tuxedos.”

And if he has his wish, he might even get Jennifer herself to sing.

He told Life & Style:

“It would be great if any of the former American Idols sang at the wedding. And it would be wonderful to have Jennifer sing — I’d love that.”

The two got engaged in fall 2008.

Congratulations to the happy couple on getting one step closer to marriage.


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Jennifer Hudson’s Man Ready To Rassle http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/02/18/jennifer-hudsons-man-ready-to-rassle/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/02/18/jennifer-hudsons-man-ready-to-rassle/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:50:47 +0000 Runteldat http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/?p=8006


David Otunga’s pro wrestling dreams seem to finally be coming to fruition.

The man formally introduced to us as “Punk” and now fiancé to Jennifer Hudson will make his pro wrestling debut next Tuesday on Syfy.

Otunga will be a part of the 8-member rookie cast of the WWE’s NXT TV show.

Above is Punk’s, I mean Otunga’s promotional shot. I guess he’ll be going under the name Dawson Alexander.

I wonder how long it will be before J.Hud and David Jr. show up ringside to support their guy.


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Designer Alexander McQueen Dies http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/02/11/rip-designer-alexander-mcqueen/ http://blogs.bet.com/celebrities/entertainment-spotlight/2010/02/11/rip-designer-alexander-mcqueen/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2010 20:00:46 +0000 Dior Noir http://blogs.bet.com/entertainment/spotlight/2010/02/11/rip-designer-alexander-mcqueen/


Very sad news on the first day of New York Fashion week:  British designer Alexander “Lee” McQueen, was found dead in his London home this morning.

According to reports McQueen committed suicide, it is believed that he hung himself.   The designer’s death comes just days after his mother passed away. His contemporary line McQ, was scheduled to be shown at New York Fashion Week today, but the presentation was canceled. McQueen’s Paris collection was scheduled to be shown on March 9th.

Extreemly tragic news for such a talented and young person. Alexander McQueen was truly one of the world’s top fashion designers and you’d be hard pressed to find a red carpet where at least one celebrity wasn’t wearing one of his innovative dresses, shoes or other clothing staples. His fashionista following includes a long list of celebrities including Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Amerie, Estelle, Mary J. Blige and even First Lady Michelle Obama.  Below we take a look back at some of these celebs rocking Alexander McQueen.









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