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OWN Spotlight Jennifer Hudson: Oprah & J-Hud Talk “Respect Movie”

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Set your DVR’s tonight OWN Spotlight Jennifer Hudson airs (July 20th) on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

OWN Spotlight Jennifer Hudson

Looking gorgeous in their coral dresses, Oprah talks to J-Hud about her new film, “Respect” and being asked by Aretha Franklin to portray her in the biopic. Jennifer reveals the inspiration behind her portrayal and how the legendary singer changed her life.

OWN Spotlight Jennifer Hudson

As Oprah and Jennifer take a walk and continue to discuss the impact of church on both Jennifer and Aretha’s life, Jennifer begins to sing Amazing Grace.

You can watch on the Watch OWN app, in addition to being available on discovery+ starting July 21st.

Respect hits theaters August 13th.

Gospel Music Superstar JeKalyn Carr Stellar Awards 2021 Style

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JeKalyn Carr Stellar Awards style was one for the books!

JeKalyn Carr

The award winning Gospel singer slayed everyone of her looks for the taping of the 36th annual Stellar Awards.

On hosting duties alongside singer/songwriter and Pastor Tye Tribbett, Carr attended the awards show with her pro football player boo Jawaan Taylor.

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From her blue carpet look to her hosting duties, the Gospel singer didn’t disappoint. All of her pieces were designed by celebrity stylist J Bolin and tailored specifically for her by AnRFashions.

She chose the silver sequin one piece as her performance outfit and to close out the show.

Outside of slaying every look, JeKalyn won Traditional Album of the Year for “Changing Your Story.” You Go Girl!

Catch the 2021 Stellar Awards when they air Sunday, August 1st at 8P EST/PST 7P CST on BET.

Watch: CeCe Winans Believe For It CD & Fried Chicken On Talk Shop Live

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What does CeCe Winans Believe For It CD and fried chicken have in common? Well the Gospel singer was chatting about them both on Talk Shop Live Friday night.

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During the 45 minute live, CeCe fried some chicken wings, while she answered questions from fans and gave away autographed CD’s.

While sharing that she season’s her chicken with salt, pepper and garlic, CeCe revealed that mom Winans makes the best fried chicken. If it looks anything like CeCe’s I know it’s bomb!

Joined by her husband Pastor Alvin Love in their Tennessee kitchen, the award winning singer also made biscuits, mashed potatoes and a salad. YUM!

Watch it HERE

She Prayed For Him! Bresha Webb and Nick Jones Jr. Engaged!

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In 2020 actress Bresha Webb was frustrated that she couldn’t find a husband. Then after receiving spiritual guidance from friend Meagan Good and going to the Lord in prayer…Hollywood writer Nick Jones Jr. came along.

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“I was in quarantine and really frustrated that I couldn’t find my husband on a dating app,” Bresha joked with Essence. “I, for the 100th time,  took it to the Lord in prayer. I went to film a movie in Vancouver, Canada and was stuck in quarantine for two weeks. On my podcast with my bestie Angel Tanksley, we interviewed my sis Meagan Good Franklin. Meagan suggested that I journal, pray, and focus on my own healing and manifest the husband I wanted, because ‘if God don’t do it, it won’t get done!’’ 

“I prayed that night and left it there and that morning I literally got a DM on IG from Loni Love about Nick.”

“Loni told me he had sent me a message, and if I was available, I should say hello. She sung his praises and directed me to his page. I stalked his IG and thought he was cute and looked familiar but he had a daughter and I just knew that wasn’t what God wanted for me. I spoke to my Dad and he was like ‘go say hi to that man. Every man in their 30s got a kid! You missed that boat. Don’t block yo blessing.”

Amen daddy!

Fast forward to 2021, and Bresha and Nick are preparing to say I Do after she said YES! in front of family and friends at Wally’s Restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Congratulations to Bresha and Nick!

LISTEN: Jennifer Hudson Takes On Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin

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All I’m going to say is the Queen of Soul is smiling down on JHud ya’ll.

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The girl is singing the mess out of Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin (You Make Me Feel).

Jennifer just dropped her version for the Respect soundtrack.

“Natural Woman” was penned by Carole King and Gerry Goffin (with some help from Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler), and featured on Franklin’s 1968 album, Lady Soul. Hudson’s version is presented as if it were a live performance, with a crowd roaring in the back. The girl had me asking,” who is she singing to?” Does J-Hud have a new boo she ain’t telling us about? Because the way girlfriend is sanging…… Somebody got her feeling good!

The Respect soundtrack is set to arrive on August 13th via Epic Records, the same day as the biopic.

Actress Joy Bryant & Henry Simmons Cast In Cherish The Day Season 2

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network anthology series Cherish the Day season 2 will star actress Joy Bryant and Henry Simmons.

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According to reports, the new series will start shooting this month In New Orleans.

In season two, the rekindling of a romance is told — the love story of Ellis (Henry Simmons) and Sunday (Joy Bryant), who fell in love in high school but find themselves reunited in beautiful New Orleans. Ellis is a former basketball player who is now a single father of two, and Sunday is a vegan celebrity chef on the cusp of fame. Each episode of the season-long narrative unfolds in a single day to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.

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From award winning creator/director Ava DuVernay, season 2 Is set to debut in 2022 on OWN.

Steph Curry & Serena Williams Star In Eat Fresh Refresh Subway Commercial

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The new Eat Fresh Refresh subway campaign features so many new ingredients, and so many sports stars to tell you about it.

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Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Tom Brady come together to explain the new menu..

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The ad highlights the wide array of Subway’s new additions, from customization and curbside pickup to smashed avocado and hickory smoked bacon. It’s actually the company’s largest menu update in five plus decades with 20 core items being added. 

Check out the new ad below:

Gospel Singer Koryn Hawthorne Releases New Music Video “Sunday”

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Gospel singer Koryn Hawthorne is channeling ATL and NuNu in her new music video for “Sunday.”

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In the video Koryn is riding down the street rocking her shades and bandana as she picks up her girls.

The girls then head to Cascades for some summertime fun.

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The single was co-written by Hawthorne along with Kasey Sims, Anthony Wyley, Daniel Breland, and Connor J. Little. The music video had a broadcast premiere airing on BET Soul. The young music phenom also recently released an EP of worship ballads, “The Worship Project,” and launched a business, owning the dessert shop The Peach Cobbler Factory in her hometown of Abbeville, Louisiana.

Check out the music video for “Sunday”

God’s Not Dead: We The People Trailer Debut & Release Date

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God’s Not Dead: We The People is headed to the big screen nationwide this fall.

God's Not Dead: We The People

The faith based film is the next chapter in the popular franchise that started with God’s Not Dead in 2014. That film became one of the most profitable faith based films.

The inspirational drama centers around a riveting fight for freedom that starts in the heart of the country, and runs to the corridors of our nation’s Capital Washington, DC. It prompts audiences to ask the compelling question: If your individual liberties are threatened … What Would You Do?

The plot parallels current news headlines regarding the challenge against the freedom of speech and religious liberties as the fundamental right to educate children.

The cast includes: Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy), David A.R. White (GOD’S NOT DEAD, Evening Shade), William Forsythe (DICK TRACY), Antonio Sabato. Jr, (General Hospital, THE BIG HIT), Jeanine Pirro (FOX News Justice with Judge Jeanine), and GRAMMY® Award-winning CCM artist Francesca Battistelli.

Singer Songwriter Actress Jordin Sparks Starring in Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie

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Singer songwriter actress Jordin Sparks Christmas movie announced as part of Hallmark Channel’s countdown to Christmas.

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 The actress/singer, who also has exec producer credits, will star alongside Michael Xavier in “A Christmas Treasure.”

The movie follows writer Lou (Sparks) after she opens a 100-year-old time capsule and finds her grandfather’s journal, causing her to question whether she should move to New York after Christmas to further her career or stay in Pine Grove to carry on her family’s local newspaper. When she meets charming chef Kyle (Xavier), who is also at a crossroads, the pair develop a magical connection during the holiday season, helping each of their journeys. In the movie, the “American Idol” winner delivers her own renditions of two classic Christmas songs, “This Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night.” Sparks’ original song “Oh, It’s Christmas,” from her album “Cider & Hennessy,” will also be featured in the film.

First reported by Variety.

First Lady Jill Biden Leading U.S. Delegation At Tokyo Olympics

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First Lady Jill Biden is headed to the Olympics!

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Dr. Jill will head to Tokyo later this month as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

“First Lady Jill Biden will travel to the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan. The Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Olympic Summer Games will be held on July 23, 2021. Additional information and details to come,” the Office of the First Lady said in a statement.

The President will not be joining the first lady, per senior administration officials.

The trip will mark the First Lady’s first solo international trip since President Biden took office.