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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7 R&B Acts Starring in TV Shows This Fall

With the official end of summer comes colder weather, clothing sales and a new television year cycle.

This year, we will see the series ending of the once TV juggernaut Scandal, the move of ABC comedy black-ish on a new night, and, as always, a host of new television shows.

Some of R&B music’s up-and-coming and established artists will be among the vast sea of TV, ranging from daytime talk shows to fresh reality docu-series.

Here at Rated R&B, we’ve compiled a short list of R&B artists that you can catch on your TV screens this Fall.

Check out the list below:

Syleena Johnson

Shows(s): Sister Circle

Network(s): TV One/Tegna

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 18, airs daily at 9 a.m.

Show Description(s): “Sister Circle, our newest daily talk show, will empower and inspire Black women to live their best life by tackling relationship, parenting, fitness and personal finance issues. Everything from the latest trends to the frustrations of everyday life….these ladies will talk about it. Our dynamic hosts include:

  • Quad Webb-Lunceford, “Married To Medicine” reality-TV breakout star
  • Syleena Johnson, a Grammy-award nominated singer and “R&B Divas” TV star
  • Rashan Ali, TV Host, sports reporter and radio show host
  • Kiana Dancie, a stand-up comedienne, radio personality and actress
  • And, the hosts will be joined by ‘DJ Q,’ also known as Quentin Latham (or for those really in the know, Funky Dineva)” (via

Previous Acting Roles: Couples Therapy, Six 2 Six

Latest Music Release: “Harmony” feat. Dave Hollister from her Chapter 6: Couples Therapy album

Trevor Jackson

Show: grown-ish

Network: FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

Show Description(s): “After appearing in May’s backdoor pilot episode “Liberal Arts,” Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) return as the school’s dean and a socially conscious student, respectively.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

Previous Acting Roles: Netflix’s Burning Sands, ABC’s American Crime

Latest Music Release: New single “B&W (Benz and My Wallet)”

Jennifer Hudson

Shows(s): The Voice

Network(s): NBC

Premiere Date(s): Sept. 25 and 26

What She Had to Say: “The Voice is here! It means that much more to me cuz here at JHUD productions, we don’t forget where we came from! To think I started out on a platform like this! Remember guys nothing is ‘just’ happy voice day!” (via Jennifer Hudson’s Instagram)

Previous Acting Roles: Dreamgirls, Sing, Confirmation

Latest Music Release: Her single “Remember Me,” which was released in March


Shows(s): Xscape: Still Kickin’ It

Network(s): Bravo

Premiere Date(s): Nov. 5 at 9/8c

Show Description(s): “Eighteen years later, the fierce foursome known as Xscape are ready to make sweet music again… but not without some drama along the way. Lucky for you, the ladies are letting you in on their reunion on Xscape: Still Kickin’ It.” (via

Latest Music Release: No new music yet, but a nation-wide tour featuring Monica and Tamar Braxton

Keke Palmer

Shows(s): Scream, Star, Berlin Station

Network(s): MTV, Fox, Apex

Premiere Date(s): March 2018, Sept. 27 9/8c, Oct. 15 9 p.m.

Show Description(s): “Palmer — also a series regular on Epix drama Berlin Station — will play Kym, a bold and beautiful social activist with a big heart and zero patience for suffering fools. When Kym and her friends find themselves hunted by a killer, she works to flip the script and survive at any cost.” (Scream via Hollywood Reporter)

“Palmer will play Gigi, a hot recording artist who is “ratchet and rich.” While alienating her current label, she is courted by Ayanna and the girl’s new label, Midtown records. Despite all the showy glitz, Gigi is a serious musician, looking for “good producers and bomb ass records.” (Star via Deadline)

“Palmer will play April Lewis, the newest and youngest case officer assigned to Berlin Station on her first field assignment after making her mark as an analyst at Langley. With a bracing combination of millennial intrepidity and old-fashioned sass, April brings a new-guard mentality often at odds with her old-guard colleagues in a system struggling to preserve its besieged identity. But she is determined to make her mark in Berlin, as she did back home at Headquarters.” (Berlin Station via Hollywood Reporter)

Previous Acting Roles: Fox’s Scream Queens, Netflix’s Brotherly Love, Teennick’s True Jackson VP

Latest Music Release: Joint mixtape with Jane Handcock entitled Keyana Nikole

Demetria McKinney

Show(s): Superstition, Bobbi Kristina, Saints and Sinners, The Paynes

Network(s): SyFy, Bounce, OWN

Premiere Date(s): Oct. 6 at 10/9c, Oct. 8, Spring 2018

Show Description(s): “The series centers on the Hastings family, owners of the only funeral home in the mysterious town of La Rochelle, Georgia. The family also acts as the keepers of the town’s dark secrets and history. Known for its haunted houses, elevated graveyards, odd townsfolk and rich history of unusual phenomena, the town is also a “landing patch” for the world’s darkest manifestations of fear, guided into the world by an ancient, mysterious malefactor.” (Superstition via Deadline)

Bobbi Kristina is a made-for-TV biopic inspired by the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who grew up in the shadow of her superstar parents’ spotlight. This film offers an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman. Bobbi Kristina’s high-profile life – and untimely death – may have been shrouded in mystery, but this film reveals her humor, quirks, deepest fears and longings, as well as explores her fight to be seen, heard, loved and to survive.” (Bobbi Kristina via TVOne)

“With a history stretching over several generations, Greater Hope Baptist Church and its surrounding community are a family in themselves. However, in this family, love and loyalty have become tainted by lust, greed, and deeply ingrained secrets. With the return of a prodigal son and a shocking crime that rattles the core of the community, mysteries begin to unravel that could destroy the very heart of the church and shatter the lives of those within it.” (Saints and Sinners via

“In this spin-off of Tyler Perry’s hit comedy “House of Payne,” Curtis and Ella Payne (stars LaVan Davis and Cassi Davis reprising their roles) are trying to enjoy their retirement in Florida only to get roped into a real estate deal that will tumble their lives like clothes in a dryer. The series also stars Emmy winner Jackée Harry, Stephanie Charles, Markice Moore, JD McCrary and Sanai Victoria.” (The Paynes via Deadline)

Previous Acting Roles: TBS’ House of Payne, BET’s The Quad

Latest Music Release: Music video for her new single “Happy” from debut album Officially Yours, due Oct. 6

Chloe x Halle

Show(s): grown-ish

Network(s): FreeForm

Premiere Date(s): Early 2018

Show Description(s): “Singing sisters Chloe x Halle portray twin sisters Sky and Jazz, who are on the track team at the college.” (via Deadline)

Previous Acting Roles: None

Latest Music Release: Their “Two of Us” project

What about you? Will you be watching any of these shows this year? Let us know in the comment section below!

Kandi Burruss Covers Essence Magazine’s October Issue

With 25 years as a singer-songwriter under her belt, it’s hard to believe that Kandi Burruss has never graced the cover of Essence Magazine — until now.

The Georgia peach shows off her pearly whites on the October 2017 cover Essence. On the cover, Burruss is styled in a black and gray patterned dress and covered with a cream overcoat.

In her interview, the Real Housewives of Atlanta starlet covers a variety of topics including returning to reality television, fame and building an empire for her family.

Read a few excerpts from Burruss’ interview with Essence Magazine below:

On how season nine of the RHOA made her rethink returning to the franchise: “I honestly had a lot of times when I just cried. There were moments when I wanted to say, ‘You know what? I’m done with this!’ I was vindicated in front of millions, which helped me feel comfortable again.”

On second chance at fame : “It’s a very humbling moment when your songs aren’t on the radio anymore. I didn’t appreciate what that success was when we had it. I remember feeling like, when I get things back the way I want them to be, I will never take anything for granted again.”

On leaving a legacy for family to follow : “Some of us are doers and some of us are just dreamers. I’m both. I’m trying to build so that I can set up my children to have great futures. All of these different companies that we have, I would love for them to be passed down from generation to generation. I want my kids to be leaders.”

Xscape Announces Reunion Tour with Special Guests Monica and Tamar Braxton

Kandi will be hitting the road with members of Xscape, Tamar Braxton and Monica this fall.

Fans of Xscape can look forward to new music and their reality show, Still Kickin It, premiering November 5 on Bravo.

The October issue of Essence Magazine will hit newsstands on September 22.

Jennifer Hudson Shares ‘Remember Me’ Video

Jennifer Hudson has premiered the visual for her new single “Remember Me.” The visual was directed by Emil Nava and co-stars model/personal trainer Rob Evans.

“As an artist, when I discover music that I connect with deeply, it brings me a sense of excitement that I can’t put into words,” Hudson said in a statement. “That’s how I feel about ‘Remember Me.’ Everything about it is special – from co-writing it with Jamie, to the recording process, to how it made me feel along the way. I just can’t wait to share it with the world.”

“Remember Me” is the lead single off Hudson’s forthcoming album that will release on Epic Records later this year.

Watch Jennifer Hudons’s “Remember Me” music video below.

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