Happy Hump Day! Here’s what’s buzzing today: Jennifer Hudson lights up the stage in New York, Solange “Kung Fu Fighting” Knowles possibly opening up for Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour and Kandi Burruss and her family revisit “The View.” Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (“The Maya Rudolph Show”) and what’s not (Michael Pace murdering his wife). Enjoy!
Jennifer Hudson wows many with “Interludes” performance. Just like The O’Jay’s sang, I love music, just as long as it’s groovin’. And baby, a certain lady from the Chi was groovin’ during “Hello Beautiful Interludes Live featuring Jennifer Hudson.” Honey, JHud showed up and showed out! Girlfriend blew the audience away. I’m talking about “we’re not in Kansas anymore” blown away. She performed a couple of her earlier hits like “Spotlight” and her new single “Walk It Out” from her yet-to-be-titled upcoming album. Jennifer seemed very comfortable with herself and with the audience. And she looked very good, svelte body and all. The whole set, which was about an hour long was awesome but the most potent part of the showcase was the last 10 minutes or so when she surprised us with a “Dreamgirls”-esque performance of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” and rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “Saving All My Love.” Now, that had us on our feet, waving our hands. If my memory serves me correctly, I had only seen her perform live once (well, technically twice if you count the dress rehearsal) and that was during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, so this was a nice treat.What made the evening even more special was that her “father” Clive Davis, the legendary producer and music executive who helped forge Whitney and Aretha Franklin’s careers, witnessed this performance along with singer Marsha Ambrosius and other members of the Sony Entertainment family. Plus, Tamron Hall, NBC’s “Today” co-anchor and host of MSNBC”s “NewsNation with Tamron Hall,” was on hand to help introduce Jennifer. Guess what? You get to Luckily for you, we’ll showcase clips from “interludes” next month on CelebrateBlackTV.com leading up to its June 28 airing on TV One. Trust me, you’ll definitely want to check that out! Stay tuned.
Kandi Burruss talks wedding, new show on “The View.” So now that the smoke has cleared regarding the physical squabble between “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” stars Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore, the focus has now shifted to spin-off series ”The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding.” To promote the show, Kandi Burruss, her new hubby Todd Tucker and her mother Mama Joyce returned to “The View.” Mama Joyce must’ve had a Come-to-Jesus moment after seeing herself act an ass last season and during the reunion show because she was definitely more turned down this go round (thank God!). Yep, she much calmer and less confrontational, you know, how you’d expect somebody’s mama to be. In case you don’t remember, Mama Joyce was very much anti-Kandi and Todd marrying, even going as far as accusing him of creeping with one of her daughter’s best friends, cussing that girl out, dissing him constantly and fighting folks. It was truly repulsive. Sadly, I think we may become more disgusted with her when “Kandi’s Wedding” airs. In one group wedding photo, everyone’s smiling except her. And in one clip, she and Todd’s mother get into it, with the latter calling Mama Joyce a bitch. Lawd… “Kandi’s Wedding” premieres Sunday, June 1, at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo. Watch the happy family’s appearance on “The View” below.
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The Carters kiss, make up and hire Solange. Speaking of family fights … The Carters are letting everyone know that all is well between Beyonce, her hubby Jay Z and her little sister Solange Knowles. They released photos of the family–the Carters, Blue Ivy, Solange and the girl’s mom Tina Knowles--chilling together in New Orleans over the weekend. Yeah, the TMZ-released footage of Solange whooping on Jigga in an elevator two weeks ago apparently never happened. Things are rumored to be so cool that baby sis will even open up Bey and Jay’s “On the Run” tour this summer. And she’s reportedly getting $8 million to do so. Dang, I know plenty of people who’d beat Jigga’s butt for that much loot (bows head shamelessly). Hey, whatever works. Also, Bey and Jay released a star-studded mock trailer promoting their “Run” tour. Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo Díaz, Blake Lively, Emmy Rossum, and sisters Kidada and Rashida Jones. It was very Bonnie and Clyde, you know, with guns, stick-ups and lots of running. Rashida Jones’ in the lineup scene was the best (and funniest) of the trailer, which I thought was Meh overall (it looked good production wise but I’m a bit over the whole gangsta theme). Take a look below and let me know what you think.
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On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“Mad Men”: I’m totally playing TV catch up tonight starting with Mad Men. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Watch it here.
“Revolution”: Well, the series will end after two seasons tonight. I was a season 1 dedicated viewer but fell off during season two. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. It airs at Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST. Watch it here.
The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Chanel Iman on the cover of the June 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Russia (looking good, girl!).
NOT: Actor Michael Jace murdering his wife (now their children will be without both parents. SMH!).
HOT: “The Maya Rudolph Show” (Have you seen it? If not, check it!).
NOT: Marquise Rashad Harris-Hill, 26, allegedly forcing a 5-year-old girl to smoke pot (Are you for real?!).
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