Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson Stars in ‘Winnie Mandela’ Biopic [Trailer]

Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela

Jennifer Hudson’s Winnie Mandela is finally coming to the big screen. The Oscar-winning actress plays the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela in the T.D. Jakes-presented biopic, which was filmed in spring 2010.

The movie follows the life of the political activist as she grows up in South Africa, marries Mandela (played by Terrence Howard), and campaigns for his release from prison.

J-Hud also stars in the holiday musical drama Black Nativity, due in November, and has been in the studio with RedOne, Salaam Remi, and Pharrell working on her third album.

Winnie Mandela opens in U.S. theaters on September 6. Watch the official trailer below.

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J. Cole, Jennifer Hudson, & Ne-Yo Attend Do Something! Awards

Jennifer Hudson and J. Cole

VH1 celebrated do-gooders at the 2013 Do Something! Awards at The Avalon in Hollywood last night. Celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, LL Cool J, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kelly Osbourne, and Patrick Dempsey were honored for their social change leadership, while J. Cole and Sara Barailes provided the evening’s soundtrack.

J. Cole performed “Crooked Smile” with Jennifer Hudson, who filled in for TLC. “Performing with j cole was like performing with prince to me. He’s such a good guy. So honored!” tweeted J-Hud.

Ne-Yo honored an emotional Jennifer for the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, which she and her sister Julia created to honor Jennifer’s late nephew.

“It warms my heart to see so many blessed from our blessings in honor of my nephew,” said a teary-eyed Jennifer, who dedicated the award to her sister. “It’s one thing to be a celebrity, but it means nothing if you can’t help somebody.”

Queen Latifah and Russell Simmons paid tribute to LL Cool J, who started a basketball tournament and summer athletic camp for youth in his native Queens, New York.

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Rap-Up TV: RedOne Talks Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Hudson

RedOne and Jennifer Lopez are enjoying success on the charts once again with “Live It Up.” After their history of hits, the two decided to take their relationship to the next level. Earlier this month, the Grammy-winning producer announced that he had signed the pop megastar to his label 2101 Records/Capitol Records and is executive producing her upcoming 10th album.

“The album is almost done. It has at least four or five bangers, incredible hits,” the Moroccan-born hitmaker told Rap-Up TV at the BMI Pop Awards.

Expect “everything” from the album, due later this year/early 2014. “It’s Jennifer Lopez, she’s done it all. From dance to urban records, so that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “We’re doing an album that has everything. She’s an incredible A&R herself, so she loves music, she knows what she wants, and I’m just helping her to do that album.”

While he and Lady Gaga have topped the charts with “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance,” he’s unsure if they will be working together again on Gaga’s upcoming album Artpop. “We’ve done half a song or song, but not that we’re working, absolutely not,” he said. “It might happen, it might not.”

However, he is lending his Midas touch to Jennifer Hudson’s new album. “It’s not dance dance, but it’s soulful dance. It’s very ’70s kinda style,” he said.

In addition to established acts, RedOne is working on music for his 2101 roster including Midnight Red, Mohombi, DJ Havana Brown, and Porcelain Black.

Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, & Aretha Franklin Perform on ‘Idol’ Finale

Candice Glover and Jennifer Hudson

“American Idol” ended another season with a star-studded finale at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Thursday. The evening featured musical performances from pop divas (Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez), country crooners (Keith Urban and The Band Perry), and even the Queen of Soul, capping off with Candice Glover being named the winner of season 12.

Emeli Sandé dueted with Amber Holcomb on her hit “Next to Me,” while Angie Miller was joined by her personal idol Jessie J on “Domino.” The British singer made the trip from London to be there and invited Angie back to the U.K. to perform her single at one of her upcoming shows.

Before being crowned the winner, Candice proved why she deserved the title during a duet with “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson. The songstresses showed off their powerful pipes with a soulful rendition of Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”

While she wasn’t able to travel to L.A., Aretha Franklin performed with the top 5 girls via satellite from New York. She sang a medley of her hits, while Candice, Kree, Angie, Amber, and Janelle filled in on background vocals.

Watch highlights from the big finale below.

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Kelly Rowland, Usher, & Jennifer Hudson Honor Legends at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Kelly Rowland

Some of today’s biggest stars turned out to honor some legends at the 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Kelly Rowland took the stage to induct Donna Summer, while Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to the late disco queen with a medley of her hits “Bad Girls” and “Last Dance.”

“I’m pretty sure that me and a lot of you were made to that record,” said the Destiny’s Child diva of Summer’s hit “Love to Love You Baby.”

Oprah Winfrey was on hand to welcome Quincy Jones into the history books, and Usher serenaded the iconic producer with a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” which Jones produced.

Honoree Public Enemy was introduced by director Spike Lee, with Flavor Flav and Chuck D on hand to accept. Harry Belafonte called the hip-hop group “the gatekeepers of the truth.”

The ceremony will be broadcast May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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Pharrell Celebrates 40th Birthday with Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, & Miley Cyrus

Mack Maine, Lil Wayne, and Pharrell

Pharrell toasted 40 years of greatness with a lavish birthday bash at LIV nightclub at Fontainebleau in Miami on Friday. The birthday boy was joined by his friends and collaborators including Lil Wayne, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Leah LaBelle, Pusha T, and Teyana Taylor.

His Neptunes producing partner Chad played DJ, getting some help from Kermit the Frog. The crowd serenaded the music mastermind with “Happy Birthday” and presented him with a special cake, designed by Mina Kwon.

His i am OTHER artist Leah LaBelle saluted her mentor. “This man means so much to me. he made my dreams come true. i dreamed this 8 years ago. this is a true moment & my heart is so happy. happy birthday to the best mentor & big brother ever,” she wrote.

One famous fan who couldn’t make it was Tyler, the Creator. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE COOLEST HUMAN TO EVER EXIST. WITHOUT YOU I WOULDNT BE WHERE I AM TODAY, ENJOY IT DUDE! FOREVER STAR TRAK,” tweeted the Odd Future rapper.

Check out photos from the star-studded celebration below.

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Solange, Jamie Foxx, Robin Thicke, & John Legend Attend Vanity Fair Oscar Party


Solange hit the town on Sunday following the Oscars. The “Losing You” singer shimmered in a yellow dress while attending Vanity Fair’s annual Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood. She mingled with Oscars’ leading ladies including Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, and Anne Hathaway.

The star-studded affair also drew Robin Thicke, who stepped out with his wife Paula Patton. John Legend brought his fiancée Chrissy Teigen, and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx escorted his 19-year-old daughter Corinne, who was excited to meet Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

“All my childhood dreams come true,” she tweeted.

See more of the glitz and glamour below.

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