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D reamgiif says,
Gay is a sin
Oscar frorttrunner Jennifer Hudson stops in Big D;
Devout Baptist sticks with Bible on same-sex issues
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
This week, Jennifer Hudson graces the cov-
ers of both The Advocate and HX. If her
name doesn't: ring a bell, just wait.
Hudson's star is about to burst into a supernova.
In the movie adaptation of "Dreamgirls,"
Hudson plays Effie White, the prized role that
transformed thunder-voiced Jennifer Holiday
into a Broadway legend.
How does the new celluloid version of Effie
In the words of Oprah, Hudson is "brilliant,"
"transcendent" and "fierce.''
Not only is Hudson a shoe-in for an Oscar
nod, she'll probably walk away with the statue.
In a big push to showcase the film 's breakout
star, Hudson visited Dallas last week for a round-
table interview. And I am telling you — Hudson
is as sweet as honey. She's charming and funny.
And whenever someone compliments her per-
formance, she practically gushes with modesty.
Move over, Halle Berry. Y'all meet the new
Another reason why Hudson is being lav-
ished with affection is that she's an underdog
who's now back in the ring.
The 25-year-old Chicagoan is an "American
Idol" reject. During the show's third season,
Hudson lost to Fantasia Barrino. And Simon
Cowell has been gladly eating his stinging
remarks — especially since Hudson recently
inked a deal with recording legend Clive Davis
of Arista Records.
However, during her appearance on "Oprah"
and other TV shows, you can't help notice how
often Hudson makes shout-outs to God. Which is
fine — but ever since Karl Rove mobilized the
evangelicals, gays and lesbians become anxious
when they hear anything that sounds remotely
How Christian is Hudson?
As a kid, Hudson says she visited Dallas a
"For church conventions," she explains.
What's her faith background?
"I'm Baptist, if that's what you mean," she
In "Dreamgirls," the song "One Night Only"
is the soulful ballad that becomes Effie's shot at
a solo career. But through a payola scheme, the
song gets co-opted by Deena and the Dreams,
and Effie's version gets lost in the dust.
On Dec. 30 in New York City, Hudson is the
featured entertainer at "One Night Only,"
arguably Manhattan's gayest event during New
Year's Eve weekend. Tickets start at $65, and the
singer-actress shares a bill with superstar DJ
As a Baptist who's singing at circuit party, has
Hudson reconciled her spiritual beliefs and her
gay fan base? Does she support same-sex mar-
"Nobody has ever asked me these questions,"
"Everybody sins," Hudson continues. 'No
sin is greater or different than the other. To each
his own. If it don't bother Jennifer, then Jennifer
don't mind. I don't really even think about it
because I don't believe in judging people for
what they do."
When referencing themselves, lots of divas
probably do that schizophrenic thing where they
toggle between first and third person. But did
Hudson just say that being gay is a sin?
See HUDSON on NEXT PAGE
DIVA IN TRAINING: Hudson —you can call her J. Hud — gets ready for a scene as Effie White in "Dreamgirls.'
The diva and the DJ
Borrowing the titie from the "Dreamgirls"
tune "One Night Only," Hudson and super-
DJ Junior Vasquez team up for a night of
diva worship and shirtless dancing. Vasquez
has already cut a re-mixed version of the
tune, and Hudson's performance is billed as
a "live concert."
On her recent Dallas visit, Hudson was
asked about what type of music she'll be
"I don't know. All I know is that it's in
New York," she said.
Will she attempt any songs from the
"Maybe a few," she said.
Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. New York's
Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets, $65-$ 130.
HUDSON'S GAY HONEYMOON — ALREADY IN HIGH GEAR
J. Hud's gay love
Neither the interviews in HX nor The Advocate
probe Hudson on the harmony between her spiri-
tual beliefs and her gay fan base. But Brandon
Voss of HX asks Hudson about tips for drag enter-
tainers hoping to emulate the "Dreamgirls" star.
"Be fierce, honey, and work it!" Hudson says.
"And don't forget to throw that hand on the hip
for that big note at the end."
Voss also asks Hudson if she's prepared for
"I've been prepping for it for a long time with
["American] Idol" and even before. I iove it. I
think the world of the gay community, and i feel
like it's an honor," she said. "The gay community
is the hardest community to please, so if they
love me, I must be fierce, honey".
Oh yeah, she's already been bestowed with a
new nickname: "J. Hud"
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