When it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would be tackling the role of Winnie Mandela, critics made their feelings known loud and clear. Many wondered if Hudson was up for the challenge, others thought she wouldn’t be able to nail the accent and many thought it should have been a South African actress playing the role.
“Well, you know, I try not to think of those things but like I always say…no one knows your potential the way you do”, J. Hud responded to the critics.
Despite all the naysayers, Hudson forged ahead in what she called an “intimidating” performance. When asked if this was the most challenging role of her career she answered, “facing Winnie was definitely like, the most intimidating, I mean, it’s Winnie Mandela.”
Winnie Mandela follows the life of Nelson Mandela’s second wife as she helps him fight against apartheid in South Africa. Terrence Howard, who plays Nelson Mandela, helped Jennifer meet the challenge of play the iconic Winnie.
“Working with Terrence, he automatically makes you raise your bar”, Hudson boasted about her co-star.
T.D. Jakes presents Winnie Mandela is in theaters Friday, September 6th. In the meantime check out of full interview with Jennifer Hudson below.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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