A Hudson Holiday: Jennifer Hudson Fetes Michigan Avenue Magazine at HOB

Chicago native Jennifer Hudson celebrated the holidays by feting Michigan Avenue Magazine at the House of Blues on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, marking the second time former American Idol contestant has appeared as the publication’s cover girl.

The invitation-only event, dubbed “A Hudson Holiday,” required that all attendees bring a new unwrapped book or toy for donation to the Julian D. King Gift Foundation. The Foundation, started in honor of Hudson’s late nephew, helps Chicago children in need. Magazine president and publisher Dan Uslan and Editor-in-Chief JP Anderson presented a $10,000 check to the Foundation.

Hudson, who recently observed the fourth anniversary of the murders of her mother, brother and nephew, said she was “honored” to again appear on the magazine’s cover. Strutting her now-famous svelte Weight Watchers figure in skyscraper Charlotte Olympia heels, Hudson performed a set list that included a medley of Whitney Houston songs. "How Will I Know" was also peppered with Michael Jackson's 80s' hit "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," during which she also invited audience members to dance with her. "Show me what you got," she coaxed. When one would-be dancer rose to the challenge, Hudson marveled, "Oh, my Weight Watchers don't go that far, now!"

Opening for the Academy-, Grammy-, and Golden Globe-award winner was The Voice finalist Jamar Rogers. Like Hudson, Rogers has gracefully weathered tragedy: He's turned his former addiction to meth and subsequent revelation of contracting HIV into a song of hope called “High,” from his upcoming EP, released on iTunes the same day.

Before her performance, Hudson walked the red carpet with her sister, Julia, mother of Julian King. Chicago Bear Israel Idonije also joined the festivities.


All photos shot by Cindy Barrymore


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    I am internationally published, award-winning journalist who has worked in just about every facet of media from TV and film to magazines, promotional materials, newspapers, and books. I currently work as a media consultant, which (in addition to coaching executives in Corporate America) also includes writing and shooting photography for PR and journalistic publication. I have covered entertainment, specifically, since the 1990s, as well as performed as an actor and singer in TV commercials and industrial film, and studied arts, fashion and pop-culture history. My writing has published in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, Us Weekly, Reader’s Digest, Vibe and Circus magazines. My photography has appeared in People, the Daily Beast, OK!, Self, Life and Style, Glamour, and on E!, Wendy Williams Show, and Oxygen, to name a few. I've interviewed celebrities as diverse as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Kiss, STP, Dio, Kanye West, and Presidents Clinton and Obama. In between blogging for Chicago Now, I also founded my own successful entertainment blog ChicaHollywood.com and have also blogged for VH1. As a kid I once danced on the shows Soul Train and Hangin' with MTV. I have three graduate degrees in communications and continue to further my academic education. (Hopefully, I will finish my PhD this decade!) With this blog, I look forward to making you think and to ask questions. But most importantly I aspire to make you smile. Because hopefully as I do with myself, I do not take those wacky celebrities that seriously.... Kim Kardashian for President! Lindsay Lohan for V.P.

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