*It really pays to work for Jennifer Hudson.
The Oscar-winning “American Idol” alum, who played Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant in the first “Sex in the City” film, has given her own right hand man a brand new home as a Christmas gift, reports WENN.
“I wanted something different. A change,” Jennifer Hudson told EURweb associate Fahnia Thomas. “I was like, if I’m going to go short, I’m going to go all the way. And so I did. I’m so happy to see the response its getting.”
Hudson debuted her pixie cut at the BET Black Girls Rock event at the end of October. More recently, Pamela Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth chopped their manes. And now Jennifer Lawrence has joined the posse!
Holding the scissors is Cesar Ramirez - J Hud’s hairstylist – who tells InStyle.com, “A fierce, short pixie is the perfect way for her to show the world how fierce she really is. We both agreed that going short is like a reward well-deserved when losing a lot of weight, and the long hair didn’t seem to showcase her personality.” The Weight Watchers spokesperson, by the way, has lost more than 80 pounds.
“For Jennifer, we kept a bit of length and volume on top to elongate her face, and it gives us room to create multiple looks. In wearing your cut, give it life, but don’t let it wear you,” says Ramirez who also works with LaLa Anthony, Ciara and Adrienne Bailon.
“Black Girls Rock!” The songstress posted on her Instagram. She added, “Yep , catch it! You’ve been jenniferized…catch it!!”
J Hud can be seen on the big screen alongside Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige and Jacob Latimore in the new movie Black Nativity out November 27th.
Watch Jennifer’s full interview here. What do you think of her shorter locks? Who wears the pixie look the best? Who is next to join the pixie posse?
*Singer Jennifer Hudson and rapper will.i.am are calling on fans to mark the two-month anniversary of the tragic Connecticut elementary school massacre on Thursday by sending the Newtown, CT community a special Valentine’s Day card.
In December, a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School killing 20 kids and six adults. As locals continue to recover, Hudson and the Black Eyed Peas frontman are sending a virtual Valentine from a series of designs online.
A post on both stars’ Twitter pages reads: “I’m sending a valentine to #Newtown with #1MillionHearts for @SandyHook… Join me.”
The campaign has been organized by officials at Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization set up in the aftermath of the tragedy to provide support to Newtown residents.
Hudson recently honored the victims of the Newtown incident by teaming up with the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir to perform America the Beautiful at the Super Bowl.
*The fading impact of “American Idol” among the public is one thing, but among the people it boosted to stardom? That’s saying a lot.
Despite the waning popularity of the show, it still manages to turn out bona fide superstars whether they took first place or not. Season one champ Kelly Clarkson just set a Billboard Singles record this week. Last season’s winner Phillip Phillips just reached No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. Fantasia made a splash in Broadway’s “The Color Purple” and was the subject of a Lifetime Original Movie. Did we mention Carrie Underwood?
Even non-winners Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Adam Lambert, and “Smash” co-stars Katharine McPhee and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson are household names.
Where are the winners of “The Voice?” “The X Factor?”
This week, Hudson suggested that “American Idol” has already seen its best days, and maybe it’s time to put the show out of its misery. J-Hud isn’t the only former contestant who has moved on from the show’s one-time luster.
Speaking to McPhee earlier this month following her “Smash” Season 2 TCA panel in Pasadena, the actress said she hadn’t even thought of the fact that two “Idol” alums are starring in a primetime drama.
“I think people love to hang onto the ‘American Idol’ title, particularly the media,” she told EURweb. “It’s not something that I go up to [Hudson] and say like, ‘Hey, how was your experience on “American Idol?”’ I’m sure if she was sitting here we’d both say we’re really incredibly grateful for the platform that it gave us, but it did what it was supposed to do, which was give us that platform to move on to things that we ultimately really dreamed of doing. And that’s what’s been so fantastic.
“Maybe I would’ve been on [‘Smash’] without ‘Idol,’ maybe I wouldn’t of, you know. But I know it was an amazing platform. So no, we didn’t talk about it. She was incredibly wonderful to have on set and incredibly professional and wonderful to just listen to sing these amazing songs. But no, no dig on ‘Idol,’ but that just wasn’t something that came up in conversation.”
Below, McPhee says asking for comment on her “A.I.” connection with Hudson is like asking someone to talk about a girl who went to your high school, but was in a different grade.
*Jennifer Hudson will honor her late nephew on his birthday this August by hosting a dinner to raise money for a charity launched in his memory.
In 2008, the Oscar winner’s young nephew Julian King was shot dead by his estranged stepfather William Balfour in a horrific triple murder, in which Hudson’s mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were also killed in their Chicago home.
Jennifer and her sister Julia, the mother of the 7-year -old, set up the Julian King Foundation and are planning to mark what would have been his ninth birthday on Aug. 14 with a benefit to boost donations to the children’s charity, according to E! Online.
The Julian King Foundation was founded to help underprivileged kids in the Chicago area.
*The City of Chicago today announced the list of headliners for its newly-revamped Taste of Chicago. According to The Chicago Sun Times, hometown star Jennifer Hudson will anchor the five-day festival with a performance on Wednesday, July 11.
Death Cab for Cutie will play on Thursday, July 12, Chaka Khan — with opener Raphael Saadiq – performs on Saturday, July 14 and country singer Dierks Bentley on Sunday, July 15, according to the city website. Friday’s headliner has not yet been announced.
While musical performances at the city’s famous food festival have been free in previous years, the city council voted Wednesday to charge a $25 fee for tickets to the performances in Millennium Park’s Petrillo bandshell.
Amid complaints about the festival’s high cost and the spike in crime that usually accompanies the heavily-attended event, the city decided to halve the summer event, which will only run for five days this year.
While the festival consistently brings huge waves of tourists into Chicago, attendance has been declining, with last summer’s event bringing 11 percent fewer visitors than the previous year, and more than a quarter less than in 2006 and 2007. In a cost-cutting measure, the city also opted out of its usual July 3 fireworks show in Grant Park, which used to coincide with the festival.