Jennifer Hudson Shines on Cosmopolitan’s November Cover

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Jennifer Hudson steps away from The Voice judges table and gives us LIFE for the November 2017 edition of Cosmopolitan.

In her candid cover story, JHUD tells readers which popular show she would not mind guest starring on and her dream costar. She also shares her one-word responses for Adam Sandler, Taraji P. Henson and Dreamgirls costar Beyoncé.

Make sure a catch Jennifer Hudson passionately judge contestants on The Voice Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.

Peep Jennifer’s interview highlights below.

Photo credit: Ben Watts / Cosmopolitan

On dream costar: Jennifer Lawrence

On television show, she would like to guest-star on: Insecure with Issa Rae

Describes Beyoncé in one word: Sisterly

Describes Adam Sandler in one word: Funny

Describes Taraji P. Henson in one word: Homegirl

Read more on Jennifer Hudson in the November 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan Tuesday, October 10 on newsstands.

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Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin in Biopic

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will have her life and legendary career portrayed by Jennifer Hudson in an upcoming biopic.

Music executive Clive Davis shared the exclusive news at his annual pre-Grammy gala on Saturday (Jan. 27) before Hudson took the stage to cover Franklin’s chart-toppers “Think,” “Rock Steady” and “Respect.”

“When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer. Aretha personally told me that last week,” Davis said.

“This artist to us is a transcendent performer. She stops any and every show she’s in. Her voice is truly incredible. When they ask, ‘Where’s the next Aretha, where the next Aretha will come from?’ I say it’s [Hudson]. She’s in the studio right now recording what I hope will be a classic album… she’s in the tradition of Adele, she’s a singer’s singer.”

Hudson went to Instagram to express her excitement about the role. “I don’t even know what to say… look at God! #Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled, I am,” Hudson shared with her 2 million followers.

Deadline reports MGM is expected to finance Franklin’s biopic. Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein will produce the film along with music producer Harvey Mason, Jr. — who worked with Hudson in her Oscar-winning film Dreamgirls. The biopic is still in its infancy as MGM has yet to enlist a director or screenwriter for the project.

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R&B Stars Storm the 2018 Grammys Red Carpet

R&B stars came dressed to impress on the red carpet of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York City. The star-studded event drew in a little bit of everyone including Ashanti, Mali Music, SZA, PJ Morton, Khalid, Gary Clark Jr. and many more.

See who nailed their red-carpet looks below.

Khalid 

Childish Gambino 

NE-YO 

Janelle Monáe 

Gary Clark Jr.

PJ Morton and his beautiful wife Kortni. 

Andra Day

Ashanti 

SZA 

India.Arie

Mali Music 

(Source: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

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From 2008: R&B Albums That Turn 10 This Year

Another ten years has caught up with us in the realm of R&B music.

Let’s jog your memory for a minute. For starters, 2008 saw Mariah Carey touch the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the 18th time with “Touch My Body.” Usher showed his strength by “Moving Mountains,” while Beyoncé led ladies to the club, singing, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.”

We heard the debut projects from Day26, Jennifer Hudson, Tiffany Evans and Jazmine Sullivan. Also, 2008 ended listeners music drought from veterans Deborah Cox, Ashanti, Keith Sweat and Brandy.

Rated R&B has compiled a list of 31 R&B/soul albums that celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Randomness: On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won presidency, becoming the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States.

Raheem DeVaughn — Love Behind the Melody
Release Date: January 15
Record Label: Jive Records
Singles: “Woman,” “Customer” and “Text Messages”

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