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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
In the spirit of the holiday season, singer-actress Jennifer Hudson went to work with Johnson’s Brand as they launched their new initiative More Hands, More Hearts on #GivingTuesday. As a mom to 5-year-old David, Hudson was thrilled to assemble babycare kits to distribute to families in need nationwide as part of the campaign. Here, the Grammy-winning artist gets real about her desire to give back, her proudest moment as a mom, and the latest star David is trying to emulate.
P: What drew you to this particular project on #GivingTuesday?
JH: Well, in general giving back is very important to me. We founded the Julian D. King Gift Foundation in honor of my nephew a few years back because we wanted to be able to think of him and know that something positive was being done in the world. And with Johnson’s More Hands, More Hearts it’s that same idea of helping others. You never really think of how many needy babies there are in the world, but they need our help. Julian’s Foundation exists to provide positive experiences for children of all backgrounds so that they will become productive, confident and happy adults, but you need healthy, happy babies first. They need diapers and bottles to grow and be healthy and so I’m thrilled to be involved with this project.
P: You mention the Foundation in honor of your nephew. How has the Foundation progressed since you started it six years ago?
JH: Oh my goodness, so much. When we first started it we just wanted to honor my nephew and help kids in the community. It started with the toy drive for gift-giving around Christmas, but now we added a back-to-school supplies drive. The line was around the block. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can’t even keep track.
P: Does it work through scholarships or is it more event-focused?
JH: Well, we do have the dinner around Christmas each year and kids in the community can be nominated by their teachers to attend. They don’t have to be getting all A’s, but they do have to be trying. It’s the effort we want to encourage. It’s not a scholarship, but we reward that effort by granting their Christmas wish around the holidays. Our mission is to be something positive, a catalyst for change in children’s health, education, and welfare. We have the Toy Drive and Hatch Day each year and sometimes other events—we do as much as we can but we are local [in Chicago].
P: Let’s talk about your son, David. What is your favorite thing about this age?
JH: He’s 5 now and I think it’s just how creative he is. His mind is just going going. He started building a tent area at home, gathered materials and built this huge tent area and then I found out he has a garbage can in there. He throws trash in it and then empties it in the kitchen trash. He’s keeping it clean. It’s so funny to see him create his own little home.
P: It sounds like he’s very much his own little person. Is there a parenting rule that he always gets you to break?
JH: Bedtime. That’s probably the toughest because he always wants to stay up late and hang out. He’ll fake being hungry, like “Oh mom, I’m hungry, I can’t go to bed yet.” And I let him have a snack, but then I realized Wait. He’s not hungry, he’s just trying to stay up.
P: What has been your proudest moment as a mom?
JH: I mean, I brought a life into the world. That in and of itself…. But he’s also so smart and creative and thoughtful. He really cares about others. Like if I’m cold, he’ll curl up next to me and cover me with a blanket. He’s very aware of others and how they feel.
P: So is he like his mama? Does he like to perform?
JH: Ohhhhhh yes. He loves to dance and he just loves Michael Jackson. I took him to see Usher and told him Usher is like Michael Jackson. He had the best time. When we got home he said “Mommy! Turn on ummm ummm what is his name?” And I said “Usher?” And he said “Yeah, Mommy. Turn on USHER! I’m gonna dance for the camera!”
P: Through your Foundation you encourage kids to express themselves and accomplish things with this idea of Hatch Day. It’s so important for kids, but it’s also important for adults to mark their accomplishments. What do you hope to accomplish in 2015 in the essence of Hatch Day?
JH: Oh wow. I never thought of it that way, but I feel so blessed. I just want to keep making music and being with my family. If I can keep making music that people enjoy, I really hope for longevity in my career. I want to work towards that.
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Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
This post was written by our friends at Celebrity Baby Scoop.
Call the ‘sitter, it’s Hollywood’s biggest night out!
Some of our favorite celebrity parents attended the 2013 Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (February 24). From mom-of-three Reese Witherspoon, to power couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, to parents-to-be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, let’s look at the best – and worst – dressed of the evening.
Parents-to-be Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum rocked the red carpet on Hollywood’s biggest night. Jenna dressed her baby bump in a body-hugging black lace Rachel Roy gown with cap sleeves and a deep V-neck.
The mom-to-be accessorized with one-of-a-kind Irene Neuwirth earrings and Christian Louboutin’s Aida clutch in nude satin.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck – parents to daughters Violet, 7, and Seraphina, 4, and son Samuel, 1 on Wednesday – looked every bit the glam Hollywood couple.
Walking the red carpet in style, Jennifer looked stunning in a custom Gucci gown paired with Neil Lane jewels and a Roger Vivier clutch. And Ben didn’t look too shabby in his dapper tuxedo, accessorized with his shiny trophy!
Helen Hunt went eco-chic in an H&M couture midnight blue gown in silk satin. The actress – who is mom to 8-year-old daughter Makena – debuted H&M’s eco-friendly initiative with the environmental group Global Green.
Going equal parts glam and down-to-earth, Helen paired the strapless gown with $700,000 worth of jewels by Martin Katz which were sewn right into the dress.
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Friday, October 24th, 2008
Note: GoodyBlog interviewed Jennifer before the tragic deaths of her mother, brother, and nephew last week. All of us here at Parents are stunned and saddened by the news and our thoughts are very much with Jennifer and her family during this difficult time.
GoodyBlog recently sat down with Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson in New York City during her promotional tour for her new album, Spotlight, and new movie, The Secret Life of Bees (based on the best-selling novel by Sue Monk Kidd). A buoyant, down-to-earth Jennifer dished about her engagement, family, and critically-acclaimed new artistic projects.
First of all, congratulations on your engagement!
Thank you, thank you! It was on my birthday, actually. It was a huge surprise. I was like, “What’s going on?” [laughs] It was the biggest surprise yet, I have to say.
You’ve got the holy trinity of happiness: an engagement, a record, and a movie [The Secret Life of Bees].
Everything keeps coming like a huge big surprise, one after another. It’s a whirlwind, but they’re all very good surprises.
In your new film The Secret Life of Bees you play the mother figure to Dakota Fanning. You’ve played a mother a few times now.
It’s interesting—I always end up with a little girl to mother, for some odd reason. I play Rosaleen who’s a sort of nanny to Dakota Fanning’s character, Lily, and they have a sisterly bond as well.
Is it a natural instinct for you to play a mother?
Yeah, I guess I have it in me. Like, “Oh, I could do this, I could be a mother.” A fabulous one, though. A fierce, fabulous mom.
Would you like to have a family someday, too?
Oh yeah, no question about it.
Big family? Lots of kids?
Not a lot, but a few. [laughs]
The movie is set in the 60s but there’s sort of a modern message
at the same time that families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
It’s definitely about that. That was one of the powerful things
about the film. Once you get to the Boatwright sisters, played by Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys’
characters, and Lily, who’s a white girl with all of these black women
raising her—it wasn’t jaded and taken over by the society of that
time and the customs. It was about love. It wasn’t about race, it
wasn’t about [gender], it was about people loving each other, and what
happens when people come together and love each other for who they are
and put that extra stuff aside. It shouldn’t matter what color you are
or what sex you are or what sex you like, and that’s one of the beautiful
things of the film.
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