Connect with us

Seeing Butterflies

Jennifer Hudson Highlights Some Hard Truths That Come With Being A Black Woman In The Industry


Black Women in Entertainment

Jennifer Hudson Highlights Some Hard Truths That Come With Being A Black Woman In The Industry

Since her days of competing on American Idol Season 3, Jennifer Hudson has become incredibly successful. She’s had a singing career, and even dabbled in some acting, with her debut being the 2006 box-office hit Dreamgirls — managing to pick up an Oscar along the way. However, listening to her story, fans will learn that it hasn’t been exactly smooth sailing for the entertainer. And while super inspiring, Hudson’s recent Cosmopolitan U.K. interview shows some hard truths about what black women face in the industry.

Hudson has literally defied all of the odds. The Chicago native comes from humble beginnings, and recalls working at Burger King while moonlighting as a singer in the Windy City’s nightclubs before becoming a big name. Though what seems to be years of experience behind the mic, fans first learned of the exhilarating singer, with a dynamic voice to match, after watching her 2004 audition for American Idol.

Her seventh place finish in the national singing competition was only the beginning, because just three years post competing for the title, the singer won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a NAACP Image Award, and a Golden Globe for her Dreamgirls performance. She’d later go on to star on Broadway, garnering critical acclaim and countless accolades throughout the years. Achieving such stardom in the industry, however, didn’t make the entertainer immune from experiencing some of the very unfortunate things regular people of color face on a daily basis, however, like sexism and discrimination. And in the Cosmopolitan U.K. piece, Hudson shared some of the heartbreaking details.

In the interview, Hudson explained, “There have been several situations where I get on a plane and [the air steward] assumes that I’m [meant to be] in the back of the plane.” The artist also told of another time where movers assumed that her home belonged to her white, male driver, instead of her. And while searching for the appropriate places to sit her belongings, they referred all questions to him.

As if facing discrimination within the industry wasn’t enough (like, Hollywood’s disparaging pay gap, being type-casted for culturally insensitive roles, as well as the lack of roles available to women of color), not receiving respect on the most basic level from those you interact with is a total slap in a face. Sadly, these experiences aren’t exclusive to Hudson. And she isn’t the only …

Please read original article- Jennifer Hudson Highlights Some Hard Truths That Come With Being A Black Woman In The Industry

Continue Reading

I am a future butterfly at the stage of growth when I am turning into an adult. I am enclosed in a hard case shell formed by love, family, and friends. It is the hardest stage of becoming a black butterfly. You will encounter many hardships only to come out stronger and better than what you went in. At this stage, you are finding out who you truly are and how to love yourself.

More in Black Women in Entertainment

What Does It Mean To Be “Black Butterfly Beautiful”

The image of the butterfly has come to define the many expressions of the feminine black consciousness and for a good reason. The butterfly is the perfect articulation of the exquisite beauty of nature. Whether tiny or large, brightly colored or more subdued, the butterfly’s allure is undeniable. Each one displays its own unique patterns and hues, and no one species outshines any other.

Similarly, there is no one ideal image of a black woman -- each is gorgeous in her right. All African-Americans share a glorious history of struggle and perseverance that has funneled into the modern black renaissance. And, like the graceful butterfly, the awakened black woman exemplifies the dazzling beauty of that cultural evolution.

Flying High

To Top