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August 22, 2008

AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO………………

Filed under: Jennifer Hudson — Tags: — @ 11:01 am

 

YEAH I SEE ANOTHER GOLD TROPHY IN HER FUTURE BUT THIS TIME IT WILL BE FOR HER MUSIC! THE LA TIMES DID A REVIEW ON JENNIFER’S ALBUM AND I THINK WE HAVE A LEGEND IN THE MAKING! MOVE OVER BEYONCE AND RIHANNA REAL AND RAW TALENT IS COMING THROUGH!

On the occasion of your upcoming recording debut, Jennifer, all I can say is — finally!

Ha ha! There was a lot of material. I recorded over 40 songs. There was a rumor going around that the original album was scrapped, but that was never the case. Some songs on there are among the first we recorded, like “We Gon’ Fight.”

That one is a gospel-flavored number, but with a futuristic beat.

It was produced by Tank [a.k.a. Durrell Babbs]. I’m a huge fan of his, and I thought the song was a great idea. I love the feeling of it. It’s very modern, but it has the elements of R&B.

Several other cuts I heard are classic ballads, and then “Pocketbook” is a high-energy throwdown.

I like the variety and flexibility of my voice [on the album]. I don’t mind stepping outside what I’m used to doing. I grew up in the church, and was always into ballads, but I’m very open to contemporary music.  I consider my voice a tree with many branches.

Expressing vulnerability is one of your great gifts as a singer, and it’s highlighted here on ballads like “Giving Myself to You,” which reminds me of a classic mid-1980s torch song.

Everybody has a soft side, no matter how tough you may appear. I want to let my listeners in on that side of me. It’s all about emotion. To me, that comes from learning what you’re singing about. You can sing at a song, or you can sing the song. If you know what it’s about, you can really sing the song. Otherwise, you’re just making a noise. That I learned from being in church.

I hear a Whitney Houston influence on that song.

I definitely take that as a huge compliment. Of course, again, it adds more pressure! But I don’t mind it at all.

Well, Clive Davis is Whitney’s mentor too. What was his involvement in your recording sessions?

I have been discovered by the world’s greatest talent expert, but actually, he’s never been in the studio with me. He would send me a song, or I’d go see him at the office. That’s when he gives his input. He’s definitely a hands-on kind of guy.

It can’t have been easy, balancing this intense recording experience with your acting career.

It’s just a love for the art that’s driving me to do them both. I didn’t expect an acting career before a singing career. I’ve never trained as an actor. I never even thought about it. I always wanted to sing.

What are your touring plans?

We’ll start maybe in October. Or January. I’m really looking forward to it — that’s my favorite thing, performing live. My fans want an intimate setting, and it’s all about my fans. So I’m going to make it that way. (Los Angeles Times)

Check out the review here

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THE QUEEN TO CHAIR URBANWORLD FILM FEST!

Filed under: Queen Latifah — Tags: — @ 7:50 am

The Urbanworld Film Festival, presented by BET Networks, announced that Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s festival.       

       Dedicated to the exhibition of independent and mainstream cinema by and about people of color, Urbanworld also announced it will screen 85 films at this year’s festival in New York City from Sept. 10-14. All festival screenings will be held at the AMC Loews 34th Street Theaters.

       The 2008 slate will culminate in the special closing night screening of “The Secret Life of Bees,” followed by a Q&A with talent from the film including Queen Latifah, Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda”), and screenwriter/director Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”).      

       “I am thrilled to be the honorary chair of the Urbanworld Film Festival this year,” said Queen Latifah.  “It is an important and exciting festival and the perfect place to showcase my new film The Secret Life of Bees.”      

       The five-day festival includes feature, documentary, and short film screenings, as well as panel discussions, live staged screenplay readings and the celebrated Actor’s Spotlight, featuring Queen Latifah and to be aired on BET, with previous honorees including Vondie Curtis Hall, Samuel L. Jackson, Billy Dee Williams and Rosie Perez. (Source: EURWeb)

QUEEN IS NO JOKE SHE IS CONSTANTLY WORKING! MAKE THAT MONEY THICKETTE!

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