Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson covers the January issue of ESSENCE Magazine (for the third or fourth time) in a shaggy winter look. She reflects on the challenging silver screen characters she portrayed in 2013, and she reveals how she built up her confidence. More inside....
While we're pretty sure that 2014 will mark Jennifer Hudson's return to the music charts (we're actually digging her single "I Can't Describe"), in the January issue of ESSENCE, the Golden Globe-winner superstars reflects on the major moves she made on the silver screen. With Winnie, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete and Black Nativity, Jen recounted how each film brought forth their own set of challenges that built her confidence.
Namely, having to jet to South Africa when her baby boy was still just a baby:
"I was like, 'Oh, my God—You want me to leave my baby and my man?"
Here are the highlights:
I was so nervous about doing a good job that I started working on the accent a couple of months before I even got there. So much was done to suppress Winnie's voice, to keep her quiet. Winnie's story needed to be told."
On The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete:
"It was a huge stretch for me to play Gloria. The drugs, the tattoos, the prostitution—her life is so different from my own."
Black Nativity director Kasi Lemmons on Jen's casting:
"I wrote the role for her. She has such a unique combination of fragility and strength. She really exceeded my expectations."
Jen on finding herself:
"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."
Taj, Coko & LeLee recently reunited as one of our fave 90's R&B groups, SWV. And now, the ladies' WeTV reality show is giving us a front row seat into how their comeback finally came together...girl group drama and all!
TheYBF.com has the exclusive first look at the premiere of "SWV: Sisters With Voices" inside....
Premiering Thursday, January 23 at 10PM E/P, "SWV: Sisters With Voices" follows the Grammy® nominated group during their make-it-or-break-it comeback tour. And we're totally here for it.
SWV seemed unstoppable back in the 90's with over 15 million albums sold (not many can say that). And those the songs we knew EVERY single word to like “I’m So Into You,” “Right Here,” “Downtown,” and “Weak,” But while they seemed to have it all, the drama behind the scenes tore the group apart. And apparently, ish ended badly.
So after going their separate ways in 1998, Cheryl “Coko” Clemons, Leanne “Lelee” Lyons and Tamara “Taj” George are now back. After marriages, children, divorces (our fingers are crossed about whether Taj & Eddie George will show their shady alleged cheating drama ), the strong New York ladies are back to reclaim the fame.
In the premiere episode, we see the first stop of the comeback tour at Wembley Stadium in London. But new secrets about Coko’s health threatens the rehabilitated bond of the group. And the group is learning how to be together both on stage and off again. Which means, the inevitable girl group drama surfaces.
According to the press release:
Throughout the season, SWV fans will get to see the ladies in action during high profile performances in Atlanta, New York, L.A. and D.C. Coko, Lelee and Taj not only address old wounds but face new challenges including health scares, family issues and management drama. Can the ladies finally come to terms with the issues that ended their friendship and career once before? Will they be able to put differences aside to recapture fame?
Check out our exclusive first look of the "SWV" show below:
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Who else is here for it?! Check out more about the show HERE.
Celebs flocked to Miami this week for Art Basel 2013, which officially kicks off today. But some folks couldn't wait to get the party going so a few events went down last night. Check out Kanye West, Angela Simmons and Kendrick Lamar inside...
Art Basel Miami Beach presents premier artwork from across the globe, and folks go to party, view & buy art, and talk about art.
So Kanye West was front and center with his chick at Surface Magazine's DesignDialogues No. 6 With Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kanye West And Jacques Herzog at the Moore Building yesterday. And it was 'Ye's time (finally) to talk shop about art.
We wonder if he addressed the meager turnout at his concert tuesday night in Kansas City. The official newspaper, the Kansas City Star, reported that less than 4,500 people showed up in the 19,000 seat arena.
'Ye's homie Raekwon was there at the Art Basel event to support.
And afterwards, Kanye made his way to DuJour Magazine's event to honor artist Marc Quinn at Delano Beach Club. Of course, he had his fiancee' Kim dressed in white and on his arm for the evening.
And Angela Simmons, who treats Miami like a second home looked fab at the party:
Also last night, Kendrick Lamar kicked off Art Basel at Mana Wynwood with a concert, all hosted by Flaunt Magazine and 3p Productions:
In between sips of Belvedere, Kendrick rocked the mic and had TDE's newest artist, Sza, there too. Nice!