Nas, Jennifer Hudson and A$AP Rocky have all landed roles in the contemporary drama, Monster, based on the novel by Walter Dean Myers.
John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. has partnered with Bron Studios and Tonik Productions to co-produce and finance the film, which, according to Deadline:
Stevie Wonder has been added to the Prince tribute to be performed at the BET Awards on Sunday (June 26th). He will be joining Janelle Monae, Sheila E. and The Roots, who were previously announced as part of the tribute. Stevie also joined Madonna at the Billboard Music Awards last month to pay tribute to legendary singer.
At Wednesday night’s PRE – the annual kickoff to the BET Awards – BET chairman/CEO, Debra Lee, teased that the June 26th awards show will be a can’t-miss affair.
Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Broadway musical, The Color Purple, honored Prince with a stunning rendition of his 1984 classic, Purple Rain.
“First of all, we want to say thank you all for being here tonight,” Jennifer said, as she addressed the crowd. “I’m not a speaker by any means — I did not expect to have to speak on tonight, but God has his way. As we all know, on today, we lost a legend. Ooh, Jesus, we lost a legend who was a good friend of mine, Prince, who was dear to all of us. Every single one of us.”
As the final American Idol contestant was crowned in Thursday night’s series finale, Season 3 winner, Fantasia, took to the stage with fellow Season 3 contestants, Jennifer Hudson and LaToya London, to showcase their powerhouse voices.
As a trio they performed “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” before Jennifer graced the stage alone to continue with “Remember the Music,” from the Empire soundtrack.
Tragically, Jennifer Hudson‘s mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew were murdered in her hometown of Chicago in 2008. It’s something the singer and actress rarely discusses, but, she opens up about it in an interview with Glamour magazine.
“It’s frustrating as hell to me to have somebody who ain’t lost nothing try to talk to me about it,” she says. “I want to say, ‘Don’t even bother, because you know nothing.’ But you never know how much you can get through until you’re going through it.”
Jennifer Hudson has been named the face of New York & Company’s Soho Jeans Collection, and looks amazing in photos from the new campaign. High-waist flare sailor jeans, boyfriend jeans, high-waist jean leggings and a boho fringed skirt, are included in the 70’s-inspired fashions.
“What I love most about New York is the diversity. It’s a haven for individuality and I have always found that to be inspiring,” the Oscar and Grammy-winning singer says in a statement. “That sort of energy affects me in all ways but especially when it comes to my style. New York & Company’s Soho Jeans Collection helps women the same way with a line that’s fashion forward, great fitting and comfortable for whatever your day brings.”
Tyrese has dropped the visuals for his song, “Shame,” featuring Jennifer Hudson. The duo plays husband and wife, and the R&B crooner finds himself ashamed as he reflects on how he’s treated her throughout their relationship. “Oh. I’m ashamed of me. Wish I’d never done you wrong,” he sings.
While talking the track, and his upcoming album Black Rose (which the song will appear on), he said this is his most vulnerable and honest album – and also said that it’s his last.
Jennifer Hudson teams with Juicy J on “Whatever Makes You Happy” a song featured on the soundtrack for FOX’s Empire.
The Oscar and Grammy-winning actress and singer will make an appearance on the hit show’s upcoming episode – playing Michelle, who forms a musical relationship with eldest son Andre, played by Trai Byers.