Thursday, December 5th 2013
Jennifer Hudson brings her whirlwind year to a close with a bang – a beautifully blue cover of Essence magazine.
Set to hit stands December 6th, the feature sees the Grammy winning songstress speak on her two most recent films ‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete’ and ‘Black Nativity’, forthcoming film ‘Winnie’ (the story of Winnie Mandela), and so much more, Hudson’s appearance in the mag only builds already mounting anticipation for her next studio album due 2014.
Until we get there, tuck in below to read highlights from the January 2014 issue and see behind the scenes action:
Sunday, December 1st 2013
It’s one of Urban music’s biggest nights and we have all of the performances right here!
Indeed, the Anthony Anderson-hosted, 2013 Soul Train Awards is airing right now via sister channels BET and Centric and with stage blazing performances from the likes of Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, Jennifer Hudson, and many more, That Grape Juice has your fill of the night’s best, worst, and everything in between.
The show’s creators set the media ablaze with promises of “no lip-syncing” just days before its taping. Did they live up to that promise? Find out below:
Sunday, December 1st 2013
The 2013 Soul Train Awards airing is under-way right now and, like you, That Grape Juice is front and center watching the action!
Taped last month the beautiful Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV, the show boasts performances from R&B’s best and brightest including Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, Faith Evans, Chrisette Michele, Jennifer Hudson, Wale, and so many more.
We are definitely gathering our thoughts about the action so far, but here you can post your views on anything and everything regarding the show. Pre-Show rumours…Who you’re looking forward to seeing… Who you feel rocked the red carpet, who should have skipped it altogether… Who deserved to win what…performances…and all that good stuff – before, during, and after the show….
This is ‘Your Shout’!
Saturday, November 30th 2013
With a career that’s seen her celebrated for the skill she possesses on stage and on screen, Jennifer Hudson remains one of Hollywood‘s most sought after entertainers…years after rising to fame on FOX’s ‘American Idol.’
Now, as she celebrates the arrival of her new movie ‘Black Nativity’, the ‘Angel’ performer has spoken to Net-A-Porter‘s ‘The Edit’, dishing on her career thus far, her relationship with Beyonce, and revealing that she did not know what an ‘Oscar’ was until she joined the cast of 2006′s ‘Dreamgirls’.
Her words below…
Wednesday, November 27th 2013
The musical event of the season is in theaters everywhere right now!
Indeed, the Jennifer Hudson-led ‘Black Nativity’ and its star-studded cast (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese, Mary J. Blige, Nas) has taken over theaters with the holiday-themed film based on the Langston Hughes work of the same name. A stirring narrative of faith, family, hope, redemption, and trust, the highly anticipated movie has already been hailed as a “must see” this Thanksgiving – as is its accompanying soundtrack.
Featuring the soaring vocals of the film’s star J. Hud, Tyrese, Luke James, Jacob Latimore, and more, we at TGJ HQ have been getting our praise on all week to the movie’s official soundtrack. Now, we’re ready for you to join the party.
Want your chance to be one of 10 lucky winners and also receive an autographed poster from the film’s star Jacob Latimore? We want your answer to one question:
Friday, November 22nd 2013
Jennifer Hudson may very well be the hardest working woman in Hollywood.
With two movies dropped in two months (‘The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”, ‘Black Nativity’) and a new album on the way, the Grammy-winner is definitely putting work in from pillar to post. Now, hard on the promo trail for ‘Nativity’, Hudson dropped by Hot 97 to discuss the film, her new album, and so much more with the show’s host Angie Martinez.
Martinez, of course, went there – quizzing the ‘Where You At’ singer on her marital status with fiance David Otunga and his recent beef with rapper Wale.
See what Hudson said in response below:
Wednesday, November 13th 2013
At just 32 years old, Jennifer Hudson‘s career boasts a Golden Globe, a Grammy, an Oscar, and now a star on the iconic Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The singer-actress, who is currently hard at work on her third studio album, was honored with the coveted spot today in Los Angeles.
While some contest that the homage is too soon (after all it’s just 9 years since her American Idol intro and even less since her award-winning turn in Dreamgirls in 2006), we’re just glad to see a great talent being recognized in such a pronounced manner.
With new material on the horizon, what better way to kick off her new “era” than this? More power to her.
Peep another snap below…
Sunday, November 10th 2013
Ever keen to broaden our musical scope, recent months have seen That Grape Juice venture into a number of new musical landscapes including, most recently, gospel.
Spearheaded by well-received interviews with gospel singers Yolanda Adams, Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Kierra Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Israel Houghton, Marvin Sapp, and more, TGJ is now offering readers ‘The Overflow’ – a collection of the top gospel-themed news stories from the week.
Tuck in below for the latest news on Lecrae, Joshua Rogers, James Fortune & FIYA, Mary Mary, and more:
Tuesday, November 5th 2013
With three weeks left before audiences get their first peek at the star-studded holiday film ‘Black Nativity’ (in theaters November 27th), its star/Grammy winning diva Jennifer Hudson continues to wow fans with gospel-tinged offerings from its accompanying soundtrack (available on Itunes now).
Already winning rave reviews for her soulful take on the Walter Hawkins’ gospel classic ‘Be Grateful’ (which can be heard here), now the songstress is inviting listeners in to hear another gem on the soundtrack. Titled “Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)”, the soul-stirring number also features the dynamic vocals of film co-stars/R&B crooners Luke James and Jacob Lattimore.
Bonus: After you take a listen to the song, check out our pal Vaughn Alvarez chatting with Jenn about the new movie, her love for Brandy, and so much more: