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Jennifer Hudson Dishes On Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday Bash


“Extra’s” AJ Calloway sat down with Jennifer Hudson as she helped launch Carnival Cruise lines “Carnival LIVE” with a special performance in NYC. Jennifer telling AJ all about First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party which she attended Sunday with her fiancé David Otunga. Jennifer saying, “Oh my god it was so fun, they know how to throw a party.” Jennifer then asked AJ if she could show him how the President dances and proceeds to show his moves then says “I mean like Oh My God Mr. President.”

AJ asking if she brought the First Lady a gift, “What can you give the First Lady other than being there to celebrate her on her…I don’t even know if they let you bring it through security honey. I brought her a gift, mam you want to leave that here please…You don’t try it.”

Jennifer recently making headlines for a gift she did give to her assistant though, gifting him a house for Christmas, “Boss Lady, that’s what they call me, boss lady, and I love taking care of my people…Walter is my long time assistant and best friend, it’s not just any assistant.”

Source: Extra Tv

Jennifer Hudson Spices Things Up in “I Can’t Describe” Music Video!

Jennifer Hudson has officially released her music video for her newest single, “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)!” The song, which features rapper T.I., has become quite a hit for her!

This is definitely Jennifer’s sexiest video yet! In the video, she confidently flaunts her body and really struts her stuff, and kills it (Weight Watchers has helped her lose the weight and keep it off!). I’m liking her pixie cut more and more too! Check out “I Can’t Describe” below!

“I Can’t Describe” is the precursor to her third album, which is supposedly coming out some time in the spring. “Some of the songs have a nice old school swag to them, but I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with this album ’cause it’s about the mood and the groove and real music,” she told Yahoo! Music of her new project. Jennifer has been in the studio with TimbalandPharrell, and R. Kelly, so it should be a good album!

Image via Rap Up

[CELEB SPOTTING] Tina Knowles Has Masquerade Birthday Bash in New Orleans

Tina Knowles brought in her 60th birthday RIGHT! Heading down to New Orleans, Miss Tina had a sexy masquerade ball for her birthday, which was a huge celebrity-studded affair! Of course, daughters Beyoncé and Solange Knowles were in attendance, as well as Kelly Rowland and Jay-Z. Other celeb attendees included Jennifer Hudson, Monica and Shannon Brown, and even Kris Jenner! Check out some pics from the bash below!

The party looked like so much fun, and Miss Tina looked SNATCHED! I always wanted to throw a masquerade ball myself…the masks really pop and add a sense of mystery and sexiness. It’s cool that Solange and Bey threw their mama a hot party like this!

Images via Instagram/Splash

Music at the 2013 Oscars


If you were like most viewers of the Oscars on Sunday, there were many times during the telecast when you were probably wondering to yourself..

“Am I watching The Grammys or The Oscars?!”

Because this year, with an emphasis on celebrating music in films, The Academy Awards pulled out the big guns and all the stops, hiring for the night some of the biggest talent in the world of music.

For the first time in almost four decades, Oscar legend Barbra Streisand graced the telecast. The last time she performed there was 1977, when she won an Oscar for a little song she wrote called ‘Evergreen’ for the movie ‘A Star Is Born’. Also on hand were Brits Adele and Shirley Bassey. For the musical tribute, Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta Jones took to the stage. Hudson was perfection last night, but only Streisand received a standing ovation.

Birthday Bitches

Jennifer Hudson is 31.

Dickie Moore is 87.

Ian Holm is 81.

George Jones is 81.

Linda Gray is 72.

Maria Muldaur is 70.

Joe Pantoliano is 61.

Gerry Beckley of America is 60.

Neil Peart of Rush is 60.

Peter Scolari is 57.

Rachel Ward is 55.

Amy Yasbeck is 50.

Norwood Fisher of Fishbone is 47.

Darren E. Burrows is 46.

Ben Folds is 46.

Louis C.K. is 45.

Larry LaLonde of Primus is 44.

Paul Walker is 39.

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is 38.

Ben McKenzie is 34.

Ruben Studdard is 34.

Emmy Rossum is 26.

Jennifer Hudson’s Family Murderer Sentenced!









Justice has been served! William Balfour has been sentenced to serve THREE CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES in prison for murdering three members of singer Jennifer Hudson‘s family.

Balfour was convicted May 11th of 1st degree murder in the deaths of Jennifer’s mom Darnell Donerson, her brother Jason Hudson, and nephew Julian King. He was also convicted of home invasion and residential burglary.

Balfour was present in Chicago courtroom for his sentencing, and proclaimed his innocence right up to the end. Jennifer was also there. During the sentencing hearing, the judge looked Balfour in the eyes and said, “Your soul is as barren as dark space.” Definitely. Who could possibly murder three innocent people?!

The murder was suspected to be because of his tumultuous relationship with now-ex Julia King, Jennifer’s sister. Balfour was convicted of the triple murder after allegedly flying into a blind and jealous rage in 2008 — when he believed Julia had received a gift from her new boyfriend.

I know that this doesn’t bring Jennifer’s family members back, and she and the rest of her family are still grieving. However, I hope that this gives them a little more peace of mind knowing that they have received justice for the ones that they lost. Thoughts and prayers goes out still to them.

Image via Cook County Sheriff’s Department

Jennifer Hudson’s Son David Otunga Jr. Could be Her Wedding Singer!

Actress/singer Jennifer Hudson is reveling in motherhood. The singer-actress gave birth to her son David Daniel Otunga Jr. in August 2009 and continues to marvel at the depth of love it has brought to her life. In a new interview on Parade.com, Jennifer dishes on her wedding plans (her son may sing!), her new role on Smash, the surprises of motherhood and more. LOVE this strong woman!

Check out the highlights below.


“He’s growing up with a musical background and music is a huge part of our household. It’s a huge way I communicate with him. He didn’t want to go to bed the other day and wanted to sing for me. He tried to grab the mic stand and perform ‘Proud Mary’— not that knew all the words! But he got enough of it and did a good job. He really responds. When I perform, he’ll tell me if he thinks I did good.”


“It made me realize how much my mom loved me and how much patience it takes. I think of the things my mom did for me and so I have to do it for my son. Now that I have a child, I get it. I get the example she set. It’s not always easy but it’s for love. You realize how much you can love and how much you give up for your child as a parent. I’m learning that through him.”


“My son won’t have it any other way: he’ll definitely be a part of it. Maybe he’ll even sing!”

That would be adorable! I’m so happy that things are looking up for J-Hud.

Check out the full interview from our friends at Parade.com here.

It’s not about the $4 million Paycheck, you guys!

She may be getting paid $4 million to lose weight via Weight Watchers, but despite all the reports of said pressure she is feeling to take off the poundage Jessica Simpson has something to say. She ain’t feelin’ it!

In Touch Weekly recently reported that Mama Simps is “stressed and overwhelmed” by this Weight Watchers deal to lose 50 pounds in 5 months, but she says it’s not that.

She took to her Twitter to clear the air, “Just so everyone knows…Weight Watchers hasn’t put ANY pressure on me! I’m trying to be as healthy as I can for myself and I feel great.”

It’s just that the $4 million paycheck helped her get her ass out the kitchen and off to the gym.

She recently told People magazine, “It would be nice to feel comfortable in a bikini, but that’s not my goal. I just want to fit into jeans!”

Don’t we all, girlfriend?! Well, despite everyone getting up in Jessica’s grill about getting back to her pre-pregnancy size (which was WHAT again?), she does have one girl in her corner. Jennifer Hudson told ABCNews.com that she thinks J Simps will achieve her goal. “I think she will do awesome. She’s a pro. She’s knows what she’s doing, for sure,” she said.

Jennifer Hudson Is About To Get Her Smash On

In Hollywood, when the ratings get low, stunt casting abounds and the NBC TV show Smash is no different. After less than stellar reviews and ratings in its inaugural season, Smash is taking no chances with the next one. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has been signed to add some heat to the production to portray Veronica Moore, a star that will throw a curveball between Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty’s characters. Executive producer Steven Spielberg added, ““First Dreamgirls, now Smash. I have no doubt Jennifer will continue to deliver even more inspiration to the audience responsible for giving us a second season on NBC.”

I finally watched this show and immediately I see Katharine McPhee’s character as the weakest link. Her singing career was/is a bust, and her acting is even worse, so why did they cast her in this in the first place? And don’t even get me started on Debra Messing’s involvement. As far as I am concerned, she is forever Grace Grace Grace! Besides, they should just kick McPheeher to the curb and let Jennifer and Megan duke it out to be the next Marilyn Monroe in the production.

The fact that Jennifer Hudson is black is of no importance!

Jennifer Hudson Releases Statement on William Balfour trial verdict!

The William Balfour trial reached a verdict (he was found guilty, by the way) and Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia feel a sense of relief that the stress of reliving the painful murder of their family members is over. The superstar singer released a statement to E! Online letting everyone know how grateful they are for the support they have received from people all over the world.

And in classy J-Hud style, they extended a prayer to Balfour’s family as well.

The Hudson sisters said, “We have many people to thank but our first thank you is to God, always. We are so grateful to prosecutors James McKay, Jennifer Bagby and Veryl Gambino and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her team for their dedication and tireless work from the beginning. We have the best police department, and they have been with us every step of the way. We thank all of the State’s witnesses who came forward on our behalf. We have felt the love and support from people all over the world and we’re very grateful.

“We want to extend a prayer from the Hudson family to the Balfour family. We have all suffered terrible loss in this tragedy. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). It is our prayer that the Lord will forgive Mr. Balfour of these heinous acts and bring his heart into repentance someday.”

Balfour could (and probably will) spend the rest of his life in prison. He is facing three instances of first-degree murder, kidnapping, burglary, home invasion AND possession of a stolen vehicle.

Jennifer Hudson Leaves Courtroom Before Crime Scene Photos Shown!

Jennifer Hudson is in Chicago dealing with the trial of William Balfour, the suspected killer who murdered her mother, brother and nephew. She has already testified and she forced herself to listen to the painful testimony from the police officer who found her relatives at their family home, however on Tuesday she had to walk out of the courtroom when crime scene photos were shown to the jury AND when the forensic expert took the stand. Can you imagine? Ugh. Heartbreaking.

Balfour, the estranged husband of Hudson’s older sister Julia, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Hudson’s mom, brother and seven-year-old nephew Julian King, who was his step-son. The child’s body was found three days later in an abandoned SUV.

Ugh. My heart just breaks for Jen. Sure she can’t bring her relatives back and the killer can’t take away the memories, but here’s hoping that justice is served. Does anyone else think Mr. Balfour going to get life with no parole?

Jennifer and Julia Hudson Testify During Family Murder Trial











On the very first day of the Hudson family murder trial, prosecutors wasted no time in getting the star witnesses on the stand, calling Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia to the stand. The sisters testified against Julia’s ex-husband William Balfour, who is accused of murdering Jennifer’s mother, Darnell Donerson, brother Jason Hudson, and 7-year-old nephew (Julia’s son) Julian.

Jennifer testified first, claiming that she had feared for her sister and warned her not to marry Balfour repeatedly. The singer, who broke down in tears while on the stand, said that “we did not like how he treated her.” A week before the murder, her entire family made a surprise visit to her home, which turned out to be the last time Jennifer saw them alive.  “Thank God I had the opportunity,” she said in tears.

Julia testified shortly after, stating that her  ex-husband threatened to kill her between “24 and 26” times during the course of their marriage out of fear that she would leave him. The two were still married at the time of the killings and their divorce was finalized earlier this month. At one point, Balfour threatened the family as well, saying “Julia, if you leave me, I will kill you. I will kill your family first and you will be the last to die.”

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

I’m not sure if Balfour will be sentenced to the death penalty, but, if not, I hope that they put this man in jail for life! I remember the tragedy in 2008, right when Jennifer was really breaking out into her own in terms of her music and acting. Of course, a tragedy like this would be terrible and heartbreaking at any time, but to have that happen right at the height of your glory like that is even worse. I sincerely am keeping Jennifer, Julia, and their family in my thoughts at this time.

Photo via Daniel Boczarski/WireImage



Jennifer Hudson and son David Otunga Jr. Heading to Chicago For Murder Trial?

Jennifer Hudson was spotted at LAX with her son David Daniel Otunga Jr. and other members of her family. Let me just say this. J-Hud is looking smokin’ hot. Sure she was rocking a Farrah Fawcett inspired ‘do that I’m not really feeling, but the leopard pants are on point.

And did you all know her little boy could walk already? Time sure flies!

Speaking of time fly, it has been almost five years since Jennifer lost her mother, brother and nephew. On April 23rd, poor Jen is going to have to attend the murder trial of William Balfour, the man accused of killing her family members. Rumor has it that she is also on the witness list so she may have to take the stand.

Stay strong, Jen! We’ll be thinking of you.

Photos via Mediaoutrage.com

Jennifer Hudson: Witness In William Balfour Trial?

Jennifer Hudson is on a witness list for the upcoming trial of William Balfour, the man who is accused of killing her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

The trial is slated to begin on April 9th. We are not quite sure whether Jen will actually testify but it is very possible.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

the singer told investigators she has known Balfour since childhood because their families lived only a few blocks apart and the two attended the same elementary school. She also said that she advised her sister against marrying him, according to the report.

Jennifer Hudson reportedly told police there was tension between the two families over Balfour’s relationship with Jennifer’s sister and that Balfour allegedly went to Julia Hudson’s workplace and threatened to kill her because he thought she was having an affair.

Whether Jen serves as a witness or not, I cannot imagine how tough this is going to be for her and the rest of her fam. It has been YEARS since her family members were killed but can you imagine having to go through it all again? Those memories are going to come back and cut to the core once again.

I just hope that if this guy is guilty (which he probably is) that he gets the punishment he deserves.

Image via Getty Images

Rihanna, Vivica A Fox, Jordin Sparks, Willow Smith for Whitney Houston Biopic?

We had reported last week that Meagan Good was a frontrunner for a lead role in a Whitney Houston biopic. Heck, the girl was approached by Whitney herself! So why wouldn’t she get the role if that is what Houston would have wanted?

Well The Daily Mail is saying that RiRi, Vivica A. Fox, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson AND Willow Smith are being considered to play a role of Whitney Houston in a biopic that is said to be taken control of by Clive Davis. And from what we are hearing, Clive wants to get this project going as soon as possible.

Willow Smith could certainly land the role as a young Whitney, but who would take on the young adult Whitney and the grown Whitney? There’s going to be some heavy competition for those roles. TRUST!

Last week, Meagan Good confirmed to E! Online that she was a frontrunner to play the late great saying, “We were fairly in the beginning stages … We were supposed to meet today, actually.”

No offense to RiRi because I love her to death, but I don’t think she could nail a Whitney Houston portrayal.

So who would you like to play Whitney Houston in a biopic?

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