Hi guys! I’m back! Finally getting back the strength to blog. My mum regularly commented on my blog and I really miss her. What better way to come back than with Jennifer Hudson, a person who has shown such tremendous strength in the face of debilitating tragedy. Jennifer and her fiancé, David Otunga were featured on Own’s Next Chapter last night in a very candid interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the interview, Jennifer talked about her family murders and whether she’s forgiven William Balfour as well as her weight loss and feeling the pressures of Hollywood. Meanwhile, David chatted about whether or not she was sexier before the weight loss, wanting a daughter and the two revealed that they are planning to get married within the next two years.
Check out some excerpts:
On If She’s More Comfortable At This Size:
I’ve always been comfortable in my skin. I like the skin that I’m in. I don’t ever feel like I was uncomfortable. I honestly don’t. Yes, at times I feel sexier. At times. [when asked if she feels prettier:] I was always cute.
David On if He Thinks She’s Sexier at a Size 6 or 16:
You know honestly, it’s pretty much the same. It hasn’t really changed that much to be honest. She’s a little more confident now and that kind of sticks out but to me, but I liked her then too. Very much so. I kind of like the curves. I love the way she looks now but I’ll be honest, I enjoy the curves.
One of the things that’s sexiest to me is when she’s doing motherly things. It’s just like, it’s a complete different side. (more…)
Gwen Stefani graces Elle Magazine’s May 2011 Women in Music issue. Can you believe she’s 41 and looking this hot? I’ve been such a fan of hers since the very beginning. In fact, I remember the first time I saw the video for No Doubt’s Don’t Speak. I was speechless. She was something fresh, and just so cool. Gwen is wearing a stretch wool dress with leather trim from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci with her own earrings on the cover. She’s featured along with other women in music such as Adele, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin and even little Willow Smith. Gwen shares her thoughts on her marriage, her vanity, and what she thinks about today’s pop stars, specifically Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Katy Perry:
On writing hits: “I do! Why wouldn’t you want that many people listening to the songs that you wrote? There’s no way to go back after you have had it. So the intentions of even the solo records were always about trying to write those guilty-pleasure albums that just get in your head and you can’t get out. I’m not cool, I’m not into the B-sides. Prince, who is one of my idols, gave me some advice when I worked with him: “Have you ever just tried writing a hit? Like, don’t just try writing a song, try and write a hit song.” I remember him saying that and me thinking, Yeah, you’re right. Why would you write anything else?” (more…)
Chris Brown showed off his new Lamborghini Gallardo automobile that he probably bought to celebrate the amazing week he’s having (can I have a ride?). Final sales numbers for the week are in and Chris Brown’s “F.A.M.E” album will claim the top spot on Billboard this week with over 273k sold. F.A.M.E is his second highest selling album to date, following the release of Exclusive in 2007, which sold 295k in it’s first week. It’s follow up Graffiti, which was released in 2009, only sold 102k in it’s first week.
What a comeback!
Meanwhile, Jennifer Hudson has snagged the #2 spot selling 167k units of her new album “I Remember Me”.
I’ve been blogging for a while about the new Winnie Mandela biopic which is currently being shot in South Africa. I’m so excited because I think Winnie Mandela is a largely misunderstood woman. Just put yourself in her shoes. She was expected to be a freedom fighter, provider, mother and wife to a prisoner, all at the same time. And, like most women, she was expected to be perfect. I salute Winnie Mandela for her strength and courage in the face of stuggle.
The above photo is from Winnie and Nelson’s wedding day. I think she looks beautiful. Pop the top to see a pic of Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard recreating the moment. (more…)
Jennifer Hudson spoke to VH1′s Behind The Music about the murders of her mother, brother and nephew. Investigations revealed that her sister’s ex was responsible. I remember during that time, I kept wondering how God could give one person such a burden to carry. I don’t know how I would react or if I would be able to go on. It’s great to see that Jennifer was able to find the strength to get through it although I know it must be a struggle for her to get through every day. If anybody deserves all the blessings she has received so far, it’s Jennifer.
It was surreal. It was like I was outside of myself. I would pray when I got up in the morning and pray before I laid down at night. If I didn’t, I would wake up depressed and the day wouldn’t go right. I didn’t watch any TV. I didn’t even want to know what was going on because I already had enough to deal with. (more…)
As I had already told you, Jennifer Hudson will be playing Winnie Mandela in the new Winnie biopic. The big news, though, is that Nelson Mandela will be played by none other than Terrence Howard!!! How excited am I! Although I don’t really know if he’s well suited for the part. So used to him looking all pimped out and smooth They are both great actors though and I’m sure they will do their absolute best coz I love me some Winnie!
WEEEENAAAA!!! Jennifer is going to play Winnie Mandela! How now? She needs to spend like 5 years with Winnie to understand the complexities of that woman! I can’t wait to see this one though.
“I was compelled and moved when I read the script,” Hudson said. “Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman and I’m honoured to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”
Hudson is also expected to sing the theme song. The movie is the second about the Mandelas this year, with Morgan Freeman set to star as the iconic president in the Clint Eastwood film “Invictus”, which is due in cinemas in December. The film is based on the Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob biography, “Winnie Mandela: A Life”, according to Variety. Production is scheduled to begin May 30 in the South African locations of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Transkei and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela served 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment.