J-Hud Duets with Jennifer Hudson of Old

Newly-slim Jennifer Hudson shows off her dramatic weight loss by belting a duet with her larger self in her latest Weight Watchers commercial.

The singer, a spokeswoman for the brand, has lost 80 pounds in recent months and appears side-by-side, thanks to special effects, with footage of herself back in 2004 singing Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me” on “American Idol.”

In the commercial, which first aired during the season finale of X Factor, Jennifer takes the stage in a body-hugging mauve dress and a sophisticated hairstyle -- both of which illustrate how far she has come in both taste and fitness compared to the J.Hud of old. The ill-fitting hot pink number and mass of crimped curls do nothing for the far less chic visage the new Hudson joins onstage

Watch below.

COMING SOON: Honda Battle of the Bands


Honda Battle of the Bands is proud to announce that Verizon Wireless will join them in 2012 as the 2012 presenting sponsor and exclusive wireless partner. Together, Verizon and Honda will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the nation’s largest HBCU music scholarship program – the Honda Battle of the Bands.

Also new to the 2012 program is the first-ever fan social media competition that will give HBCU students the opportunity to flex their Facebook and Twitter skills to compete to win a brand new Honda CR-V. “Band Chatter,” is an online social media contest that will award three finalists a trip for two to the Invitational Showcase on January 28, 2012 in Atlanta. Registered users of the Honda Battle of the Bands official web site (www.hondabattleofthebands.com) can login, visit the “Band Chatter” page and through Facebook postings, comments, photo uploading and sharing accumulate points for their daily social media activity. The more users fans engage with their social media connections about the event and their favorite marching band, the more points they may earn. When the competition period ends on January 6, 2012, the top three die-hard HBCU marching band fans who have generated the most social media points will be given the opportunity to travel to the Honda Battle of the Bands to participate in a second promotion for a chance to win a 2012 Honda CR-V.

To learn more about the Honda Battle of the Bands, go to:
Honda Battle of the Bands on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HondaBattleoftheBands
Honda Battle of the Bands on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/the_honda
Honda Battle of the Bands on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/hondabotb

DVR Alert: Nene Leakes on Glee

Sam (Overstreet) encounters Coach Roz Washington, the synchronized swim coach played by none other than Nene Leakes! Coach Roz is rumored to be another nemesis of Sue Sylvester. From the look on her face, Coach Roz is a no-nonsense coach and she seems to be letting Sam have it.

According to reports, Leakes will star in two episodes, including the Grease and Michael Jackson-themed episodes, both set to air in January 17th at 8pm on FOX. The first of the two will be the episode entitled "Yes/No," which airs on Tuesday January 17th.

NeNe will be doing a lot in 2012. She's also rumored to be seen on Season 5 of The Game, Let’s Stay Together(BET) and Glee (Fox).

John Legend Engaged to Marry SuperModel

R&B star John Legend is engaged to marry supermodel Chrissy Teigen. The couple "got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives," the singer's representative told Us Weekly. Legend and Chrissy have been dating since 2007.

Teigen, 26, has starred on the game show Deal or No Deal and has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and Maxim, as well as ad campaigns for Billabong, Fredericks of Hollywood and Victoria's Secret.

Legend, a nine-time Grammy winner, is currently working on a new solo album to be released on Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label sometime in 2012. The singer is set to ring in 2012 with a performance at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort on New Year's Eve.

Would Mama Evelyn Really Slap the Piss Out of Tamar? Seriously? Yes!

In the season 2 premiere of “Braxton Family Values,” Mama Evelyn famously informed Tamar that should she EVER think to disrespect her again, she would “slap the piss” out of Tamar. This sent shockwaves through the dot com community and many wonder is Mama Evelyn just bark and no bite.

Would Mama Evelyn ever really follow through on such a threat, or was it all for the cameras?

Although Tamar is the youngest siter, she is also grown.

Damzel Speak: Take it from me, another grown woman. I have quick reflexes because my mother has shown me action speaks louder than words. If you want to miss the backhand, move quickly. I know my mother is always my mother first and a friend after. Til the day she leaves this world, my mother has a license to chastise if need be. I believe most black moms feel this way and deservedly so. So, I believe Mama Evelyn and so did Tamar. Take a listen.

In the audio below, EURweb’s Lee Bailey asks Tamar if her mother was just bluffing.


Tamar Braxton on her mom threatening to slap her by CherieNic

Take the Love Letter Cruise With R. Kelly





Concerts Cruise in Association with Bling1 Entertainment presents R. Kelly, on a 5-day Romantic "Love Letter Cruise", from Miami to Grand Turks, Half Moon Cay and Nassau, Bahamas. An exciting time awaits you on Carnival Cruise Line "Destiny", as R. Kelly presents a fabulous performance, never seen before at SEA. Enjoy delicious cuisines. Work up a sweat at the "Stepping Class", Sign up for the "12 Play" Basketball Game. Pamper yourself with a massage, and select from more than 20 various games and activities on board, along with special guest artists. Don't miss this exciting cruise with R. Kelly.

This is a private party cruise event. You must register directly with Concert Cruise for entrance to the concerts and all other private events. No guest passes will be sold onboard the ship. Book your cruise by December 17, 2011 and save $250!

CRUISE ITINERARY
Monday, October 1, 2012
Departs Miami, FL 4:00PM (ET)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Fun Day At Sea
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Grand Turk 7:00AM 2:30PM
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas 9:30AM 6:00PM
Friday, October 5, 2012
Nassau, The Bahamas 7:00AM 5:00PM
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Arrives in Miami, FL 8:00AM (ET)

'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol': New Clip Features Girl Fight Between Paula Patton, Lea Seydoux



Paula Patton shines and kicks some ass as the newest female lead in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Check out her handy work:



“Joyful Noise” Soundtrack to Be Released January 10, 2012

Soundtrack Features New Music Performed by Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, Kirk Franklin, Keke Palmer and Others

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Joyful Noise,” a funny and inspirational story of music, hope, love and renewal, which opens in theatres January 13, 2012 will release its soundtrack just three days before the movie opens nationwide.

"Joyful Noise" brings together the sounds of gospel, pop, country, rock and R & B with performances by Dolly Parton Queen Latifah and Keke Palmer . The soundtrack to “Joyful Noise” includes these performances, including renditions of memorable songs originally recorded by a wide range of artists such as: Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Sly & the Family Stone, Usher, and Stevie Wonder.

The collection also includes tracks by gospel's finest Kirk Franklin and award winning gospel vocalist Karen Peck creates harmonic gold on “Mighty High.”

Five-time Grammy winner and 10-time Grammy nominee Mervyn Warren (“Dreamgirls,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Sister Act 2”) produced and arranged all songs on the “Joyful Noise” soundtrack. Warren has written arrangements for the likes of Quincy Jones, David Foster and Whitney Houston, and was a member of acclaimed a cappella group Take 6. He is also a recipient of a Soul Train Award and has been recognized by the NAACP Image Awards, Dove Awards, and Stellar Awards.

The “Joyful Noise” soundtrack will see its release at both physical and digital retail on January 10, 2012.

Track List:






1. Not Enough



Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah
2. Man In The Mirror



Keke Palmer
3. Maybe I'm Amazed



Jeremy Jordan and Keke Palmer
4. In Love



Kirk Franklin
5. Fix Me Jesus



Queen Latifah
6. From Here To The Moon And Back



Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Jeremy Jordan
7. I'm Yours



Keke Palmer, DeQuina Moore and Angela Grovey
8. Mighty High



Karen Peck
9. That's The Way God Planned It



Ivan Kelley, Jr.
10. Higher Medley



Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer,





Jeremy Jordan, Andy Karl, Angela Grovey,





and DeQuina Moore
11. He's Everything



Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer,





Jeremy Jordan, Andy Karl and DeQuina Moore
12. Joyful Noise Suite



Mervyn Warren






"Joyful Noise" opens nationwide on January 13, 2012. This film has been rated PG-13 for some language including a sexual reference. www.joyfulnoisethemovie.com

SAVE THE DATE

Eddie Murphy and Spike Lee Bring Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry to the Big Screen

Eddie Murphy and Spike Lee have teamed up to bring forth the yet untitled Marion Barry biopic. Eddie is slated to star in the movie about the beloved and disgraced former Washington D.C. mayor and directed by Spike Lee.

Marion Barry spent six months in prison and was famously re-elected two years later as mayor after being being busted for smoking crack in a local hotel with an ex-girlfriend and informant on camera. He was famously known for the phrase "Bitch set me up!"

Eddie Murphy who is not known for dramatic roles scored an Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in “Dreamgirls.” This would be the first time Black film veterans, Spike Lee and Eddie Murphy would work together.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:


Charles Barlkley & Weight Watchers



Starting Christmas Day, you’ll be seeing a lot more....actually less of ex- NBA great Charles Barkley.

Barkley is the newest spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and commercials featuring the always outspoken former pro athlete’s weight loss will be on full display on your TV during the holidays.

It's no secret that Barkley packed on 100 pounds to his 6’ ft. 6” frame, ballooning to 350 pounds. His colleagues often made fun of his 'extras' during NBA commentary, but now he's got the last laugh.

Barkley said he got his ‘wake up call’ when he paid a trip to the doctor.

“The doctor said, ‘Hey, dude, if you don’t lost some weight, you’re either going to get diabetes, have a stroke or drop dead. It’s either A, B, or C,” Barkley told USA Today.

Weight Watchers approached him, and Barkley has signed on for the organization’s newest campaign entitled “Lose Like a Man.”

The campaign is targeted to the male population to urge them to get into a healthy eating lifestyle, according to People magazine.

“I felt bloated and big,” says Barkley, who said he lost 14 pounds on his own, then shed another 27 pounds with the help of Weight Watchers.

Barkley said he had to weed out junk foods like pizza and cookies, and now swears by yogurt and oatmeal. He’s also been eating cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and asparagus and enjoying them for the first time in his life. Barkley said that before vegetables, he admitted ‘I thought vegetables were all nasty.”

Barkley, who has been a popular on-air basketball commentator and formerly played with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers, said he has noticed the change in his body.

“Now I have more energy!” Barkley confessed.