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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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Should Celebrities be Held Accountable?

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the Final Call WASHINGTON – Star power, social responsibility and controversy surfaced again over a partnership between hip hop entrepreneur Jay Z a/k/a Shawn Carter and a high-end store accused of racially profiling customers and rapper-businessman Kanye West’s appropriation of the Confederate Stars and Bars flag for a clothing line. Jay Z issued a statement No ...

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Black Nativity

Forest Whitaker, playing a no-nonsense reverend, is joined by Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and other leading stars in a modern adaptation of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ classic Off-Broadway production. Presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the holiday musical drama follows a Baltimore teen named Langston (Jacob Latimore) sent by his single mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson) to N ...

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NO SCANDAL HERE. Kerry Washington is Pregnant!

No scandal here, Kerry Washington is expecting her first child. The actress surprised everyone when she married San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, whom no one knew she was even dating. They were married in a private ceremony in Blaine County, Idaho, on June 24.   ...

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Chicago Divas Make History in TLC Movie

By: Carl West Drew Sidora Jordan is an actress and singer known for her recurring role as Chantel in the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven, and as Lucy Avila in the 2006 movie Step Up. She is also noted for portraying a fictionalized version of herself on the BET comedy-drama television series The Game. Drew has also recorded one studio album for download. Coming from Chicago, she knows how tough it is ...

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Jay-Z, Beyoncé Top Celebrity Couples Earning List with $95M

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American Beyonce and Jay-Z Forbes has released its list of this year’s highest-earning celebrity couples and that Jay Z and Beyonce have once again come out at the top of the heap. Between June 2012 and June 2013 (the time frame established for the rankings), the hip-hop power-couple took in a combined $95 Million. The couple also topped Forbes’ celebrity couples list ...

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On Fatherhood: Floyd Mayweather Sr. Speaks

by Ja’han Jones Special to the NNPA from The Arizona Informant Fatherhood is an interesting gift, because it is just as much a gift to the giver as it is to the recipient. The father showers love unto his son, and in return, he is rewarded with a pupil, the most loyal of friends, and a seed to be imparted upon and carry on the father’s legacy. The son casts love up to his father, and in return,he is rewarde ...

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Lessons of ‘The Butler’ Still Relevant Today

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Everything you are and everything you have is because of that butler.” Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil Gaines as played by Oprah Winfrey in “The Butler.” We tend to think of politicians, pundits and school books as the great troubadours of history and shapers of public opinion. But when a movie such as Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” comes along, we are reminded that nothing moves t ...

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Rapper Macklemore Acknowledges ‘White Privilege’

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Is Hip Hop losing its color? Recently Rapper Macklemore recognized that it is White privilege that catapulted him to success.  In a Rolling Stone cover interview, Macklemore, born Ben Haggerty, said, “If your gonna be a white dude and do this shit, I think you have to take some level of accountability.  You have to acknowledge where the art came from, where it is today, how y ...

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Arsenio Hall: Back is Beautiful

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly Chris Tucker and Arsenio Hall on the premiere of “Arsenio.” By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5. I couldn’t believe how excited I was to see Arsenio “back in the saddle” so ...

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