Happy Hatch Day! Jhud Holds Back-to-School Drive

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Jennifer Hudson may be flaunting major face with her new ‘do, but it’s her love of Chi-Town on display this week.

The Color Purple singer/actress hosted (alongside her sissy Julia Hudson) the fifth annual Hatch Day in rememberance of late nephew Julian King. While the Hudson girls took pics with volunteers and gave out knapsacks filled with school supplies,  JHud’s son entertained the Chi-Town crowd.

How is he not a dancer for Chris Brown right now?

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Little David took a break from channeling Michael Jackson to pass out school supplies.

Hatch Day–a term Julian used to desire a family celebration–is created to ” “hatch” the dreams of school-aged children” and celebrate Julian’s  birthday (also on the same day of the event) through a back-to-school drive.

The Julian D. King Gift Foundation provided free notebooks, pens and pencils kids, and treated to a bouncy house, girl scout cookies, headphones, and from the looks of the back-to-school bonanza so much more.

Hoorah!! Rihanna, J-Hud and Christina Milian Support Veterans

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Whether you were cheering them on at the Veterans’ Day parade or shout your gratitude to the closest man/woman in uniform.Thanking REAL heros for their bravery and sacrifice in defending us was very, very necessary for Veterans’ Day.

Actor/Rapper Ice-T was honored for his service in the Army by riding a float at NYC’s Veterans Day parade.

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Singer/actress Christina Milian showed her troop support by putting her arms to work by taking the “Pledge Ur Allegiance Challenge” from Hope for the Holidays, which requires you drop and give as many pushups as you can handle. In Christina’s case it’s 20.

Good thing she worked out ’cause how else would she be able to hoist that massive check she donated (a major part of the Challenge) to Hope for the Holidays.

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Songbirds Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna sung their appreciation at HBO’s Concert for Valor in D.C. During live performances, RiRi sang her biggest hits, including “Diamonds in the Sky” to a huge armed forces audience. And brought out her duet partner, Eminem to share the stage.

J-Hud opened the concert with her powerful take on the “Star Spangled Banner.”

All money raised from the concert will go towards orgs that benefit veterans.

Thank you to all those who served and still do.

VOCAL VOLUME X 2: Jennifer Hudson Performs at Pinoy Relief Benefit Concert

Jennifer Hudson showcasing those vocal pipes. Image Courtesy: directlyrics.com

Jennifer Hudson showcasing those vocal pipes.
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For those wondering if JHud can still belt out those gazillion range notes in “You’re Gonna Love Me,” peep the video below.

Now that your mind has officially been blown. We’ve got another vocal vixen that blew the roof off Madison Square Garden last night–American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez  sang Frozen’s “Let it Go.”

Jessica Sanchez letting those high notes flow singing "Let it Go" Image Courtesy: UNTV

Jessica Sanchez letting those high notes flow singing “Let it Go”
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The songbirds took their talents to MSG for the Pinoy Relief Concert that raises money to rebuild communities in the Philippines destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan last year. As of last month, Pinoy Relief Fund has raised over $700,000  towards recovery, emergency response and reconstruction. Their goal is $5 million. Funds from the benefit concert have yet to be released.

Jennifer told the crowd no matter where you are, if in need a hand should be extended.

Filipino singer Charice of “Glee” and Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap, also reigning from Philippines, performed at the concert.

Charice going the short hair-don't-care route using her stellar voice to help her country get back on their feet. Image Courtesty: UNTV

Charice going the short hair-don’t-care route using her stellar voice to help her homeland get back on its feet.
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Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap slaying the crowd. Image Courtesy: UNTV

Black Eyed Peas rapper apl.de.ap slaying the crowd.
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Looks like all the performers put in work last night. Good job!!

To donate to the Pinoy Relief Fund, click here.

VH1’s ‘Do Something Awards’ Honors Jennifer Hudson & LL Cool J

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Jennifer Hudson can add another award to her mantle, although I think this latest triumph means more to her than the Grammy and Oscar put together. She was honored at last night’s  “VH1 Do Something Awards” for her work as co-founder of The Julian D. King Foundation, an organization started in memory of her nephew that was murdered in 2008. The King Foundation, (started in 2011) provides school supplies and holiday gifts to low-income families in inner-city Chicago.

The songstress got understandably emotional when she took the podium. Check the video below to hear her tear-jerker moment.

http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/941985/do-something-award-honoree-jennifer-hudson-takes-the-stage.jhtml#id=1711551

 

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Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

Ladies Love James because he not only still looks sexy as a motha, but his heart is just as appealing. LL teamed up with New York State Senator Malcolm Smith to organize the annual Jump and Ball Tournament. This summer marks the 9th year. Kids in LL’s hometown of St. Albans, New York can participate in the month long tournaments that are sorta disguised as day camps, but unlike standard camps where parents spend hundreds of dollars LL’s Jump and Ball is free of charge. And offers a variety of activities for kids.

The iconic MC said his motivation to give back to his community was simple: He wished he had something like that growing up. Check the video below for why he thinks it’s so important to remember where you come from.

http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/941951/do-something-award-honoree-ll-cool-j-takes-the-stage.jhtml#id=1711551