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“Welcome to Chi-Raq! Land of pain, misery and strife,” says Samuel L. Jackson.

Spike Lee has courted controversy throughout his film career. His latest, Chi-raq (portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq), tackles the subject of gun and gang violence in Chicago’s rough South Side. The film is described as a satire based on the Greek comedy, Lysistrata, by Aristophanes.

Teyonah Parris plays Lysistrata, a woman who organizes a sex strike to protest black-on-black violence on the South Side. Joining Parris and Jackson is a star-studded cast which includes Nick Cannon, John Cusack, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. The topic definitely hits close to home for J-Hud. The Chicago native lost her mother and 7-year-old nephew due to a violent crime back in 2008.

Chi-raq opens in select theatres on December 4, just in time for awards consideration. It’ll then move to Amazon Prime. Speaking of which, the drama is the first original movie from Amazon Studios. Check out the trailer below.

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Ain’t that the truth!!! It’s shocking that this woman doesn’t have chart-topper after chart-topper on her resume. Right?

Jennifer Hudson shows off her Grammy-winning pipes for Glamour magazine. The publication convinced the 34-year-old singer to belt out the most random things. From the Surgeon General’s Warning on cigarette cartons to Viagra warnings to a jury summons, J-Hud slays those and everything in between.

Watch the awesome randomness below. Give this woman another Grammy.

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A revival of The Color Purple is set to debut on Broadway later this year. The new production will be a stripped-down one featuring a minimal set thereby putting the focus on the actors and the music. Cynthia Erivo plays Celie while Orange Is The New Black’s Danielle Brooks and Jennifer Hudson tackle Sofia and Shug respectively. The production marks Hudson’s Broadway debut.

“The story holds a special place in my heart because, in part, it’s so honest. All of the characters are true to who they are. Each individual is an integral part of the message and it brings a complex emotion that sticks with the audience.” – Jennifer Hudson

Like her feature film debut, J-Hud is poised to make a splash based on this preview. Hudson along with Erivo belts out the title song in the music video which gives a glimpse at the musical.

Jennifer who already has a Grammy and Oscar stands a good chance of snagging a Tony with this performance. If she does, all that’s missing is that Emmy to reach EGOT status. Check out the video below.

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How do I put this on my wedding registry? If there’s a way, I’m walking down the aisle immediately 😉

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson made a pair of grooms’ special day even more special. The 33-year-old entertainer crashed their wedding held at the W Hotel in Dallas, Texas and surprised them with a performance immediately after saying their ‘I dos.’

Hudson first appeared via taped video message before making a grand entrance, coming behind curtains in a skintight Balmain dress. She performed “I Still Love You” off her latest album J-Hud. She even stepped down off the stage to dance with them. #luckybitches Personally, I would’ve preferred “Spotlight” 😉

“Hi Chris and Scott, it’s me, Jennifer,” she says in the video message before her surprise appearance. “When my friends at the W Hotel and HRC told me about you guys finally being able to get married in Texas, I had to send a message to say congrats and thank you all for the hard work you do to raise awareness for equality.”

It’s worth mentioning that Jennifer works with W Hotels and the HRC for an LGBT marriage equality initiative called Turn It Up For Change. Check out the surprise performance below.

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Carpool Karaoke” is quickly becoming my favorite recurring late night segment. James Corden is easing quite nicely into his new Late Late Show hosting gig.

Jennifer Hudson is the latest guest to take a drive with Corden through Los Angeles. Like Mariah Carey did for her carpool session, Hudson sings a few of her hits in the vehicle like “Trouble,” “Spotlight” and “And I Am Telling You.”

Corden also gets in on the action and delivers a pretty spot-on R. Kelly impression. In between all the driving, the duo pulled up to an Astro Burger drive-thru. When you have J-Hud, naturally you have her sing your order.

Other highlights from the clip include driving by Hudson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Jennifer serenading a bus. Check out the fun clip below.

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Gotta give these ladies credit. Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson are popping everywhere promoting their collaboration, “Trouble.” The Aussie femcee will stop at nothing to prove that 2014 wasn’t a fluke. The hustle is real.

Maybe it’s due to that very fact as to why I’ve warmed up to the single. Originally, I was on the fence and lukewarm about it. This new remix brings me a lot closer to liking it.

British producer Krazy Kat gives the piano driven 70s-sounding track a house makeover. It’s definitely more club ready and I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes a staple during the upcoming summer Pride season. Give it a spin below.

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It’s two Jennifers for the price of one. Jennifer Hudson and former Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles duet on “You Will.” The empowering ballad was written by Diane Warren and will be the new official anthem for the OWN network.

“I was so touched when Diane Warren came to me and said she wrote a song with OWN in mind,” said Oprah Winfrey. “And then to have Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles bring the song to life with their stunning collaboration… what a gift.”

Though very different genres, country and R&B artists have often time teamed up for some wicked collaborations in the past. This one is just the latest. Though Hudson steals the show a bit, their vocals complement each other. “You Will” will no doubt do well on adult contemporary stations due to its message and Oprah’s legions of loyal fans. Give it a listen below.

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I love me some Jennifer Hudson, but hoped “Heavy Crown” featuring Ellie Goulding would be the next single. Perhaps the former is more radio friendly since it doesn’t include ‘bitch’ in the chorus. For whatever reason, Iggy Azalea picked “Trouble” as the latest cut off her Reclassified LP to promote.

The Motown-esque track gets an equally vintage vibe for the accompanying visual. Azalea herself directs the clip with assistance from her stylist Alejandra Hernandez. Following in the cinematic theme as her previous videos, Iggy serves 70s glam bombshell as she busts her bad boy lover from lockdown. A high speed car chase then ensues, with officer J Hud, like a Mountie, getting her man woman. Check out the clip below.

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