Thankfully, Jennifer Hudson's role as
Kelly Rowland, I mean Effie in the upcoming movie Dreamgirls won't signify the beginning of a dream deferred. It's actually the beginning of her dreams becoming a reality.
It seems that JHud has been as busy a beaver as Beyonce (DING!). Since wrapping up the filming of Dreamgirls, due in theaters in December, Jennifer has been in the studio recording her R&B album with Renn Music Productions. Renn is the team responsible for hitmakers N'SYNC and The Backstreet Boys.
Although she hasn't named her first single, it is expected to be released within weeks of the Dreamgirls release. And she is even hinting that Beyonce and Jamie Foxx might make an appearance on her album. Check her website or Renn's for samples of her music.
Tonight, BET celebrates black star power with the annual BET Awards. Check out this year's nominees here.
Like most of you, we will be most interested in the musical performances. Everyone from Mary Mary and T.I. to Jamie Foxx, Keyshia Cole and Prince will be hitting the stage. However, if you don't get a chance to see the entire show just make sure you see the opening performance by BEYONCE (DING! DING! DING!)
Beyonce will open the show with her new band performing her new single "Deja Vu" featuring Jay-Z. Set your DVR's now.
Now, two quick notes... I assume tonight we will learn the name of Bey's new all female band. It's funny how she traded in her first all female band for these new puppets. Also, tonight will be very telling in terms of Bey's career. A sophomore album is a very big deal. Bey clearly is aiming to be a music icon. With that said, I want to see a new image. Madonna, Janet, Cher.... all those "performance" icons shape shift and keep us guessing which is why we love them.
If Beyonce is to join the ranks of those icons one day then I want to see more than just SASHA stompin' and sashaying and hair tossing and fans blowing. BRING IT! Turn up the fuckin' heat... 'cause if you don't baby I'll swear it's deja vu. (see sample of Sasha stompin' here)
Sidebar: Internet rumors say Janet will either be presenting an award to the Jackson 5 or doing one ole surprise performance. Tune in and see.