March 6, 2014
Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Sanchez + More Gear Up For Mega Pinoy Relief Concert
When The Pinoy Relief Fund asked me to get involved in their campaign, I jumped on the opportunity to help spread the word.
The mega #PinoyRelief concert will take place on March 11th, 2014, at Madison Square Garden, featuring performances by Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Sanchez, Pentatonix, Plain White T’s, A Great Big World, DJ Poet Name Life, and Charice as well as special guest participation by Dr. Mehmet Oz, APL.De.Ap of the Black Eyed Peas.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be their official Backstage Host! Check back here on March 12th for all the backstage action and make sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter @MicahJesse. More details about The Pinoy Relief Fund, the MSG concert and how to get tickets, after the jump!Read More
May 6, 2013
Celebrities Sound Off On Kentucky Derby Firsts & Fashion
All sorts of celebrities flocked to Churchill Downs to celebrate the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, where Orb took the win.
Lance Bass, Lauren Conrad, Jason Biggs, Tiki Barber, Scottie Pippin, Kid Rock, Krysten Ritter, Joey Fatone, Miranda Lambert, Star Jones, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Christian Siriano, Carson Kressley, Jai Rodriguez and supermodel Coco Rocha were among the stars who walked the red carpet and signed a 6-liter bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial for the brand’s ‘Sign for the Roses’ philanthropic initiative, which raises money for the Churchill Downs foundation.
Though it was pouring down rain, the celebrity attendees stayed dry on the tent covered red carpet, which provided shelter from storm.
Jennifer Hudson and Tom Brady were spotted in Millionaire’s Row but neither decided to walk the red carpet.
After the jump, celebrities sound off on their Kentucky Derby first experiences and fashion! (more…)Read More
February 8, 2013
Clive Davis: Billboard Power 100 Issue “Record Breaker”
To know Clive Davis is to love him. And most of America’s top selling artists have worked very closely with him, including the late Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, Usher and many more!
The legendary music man was celebrated this week at an event at L.A. hot spot The Redbury, where Billboard revealed their 2013 Power 100 List at an exclusive event, presented by Citi®, with leading music industry professionals.
The evening culminated with Clive Davis being honored with the Billboard Musical Visionary Award for his A&R work. The award will be renamed to Billboard’s Clive Davis Musical Visionary Award for future recipients.
This weekend, at the annual GRAMMY Awards, Clive will hold his annual party and will honor the life of Whitney Houston. After the jump, the Power 100 list and video of Clive and R&B artist Miguel talking about about Whitney.Read More
June 20, 2012
Jennifer Hudson Announces QVC Fashion Line!
American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson has announced that on September 10 she will add one more thing to her already fabulous resume and introduce the Jennifer Hudson Collection for QVC!
Hudson, who is a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, recently lost 80 pounds and wants to make sure her clothing line is for women of every size as well as affordable.
She told WWD: “I feel like I represent every woman. I’ve been on both sides of the fence…I’ve been a big girl and now whatever this is, the average size, whatever you want to call it. But I wanted the clothes to be where any girl could wear it – no matter what size you are – and you could feel comfortable in it.”
The collection will include 14 pieces designed for QVC, including leggings and coats like the one pictured here, and is inspired by her own style.Read More
May 4, 2012
Jessica Sanchez Makes It To ‘American Idol’s Top 4!
While MicahJesse.com was celebrating five fabulous years last night, our favorite Youtube star-turned-”American Idol” contestant Jessica Sanchez had some celebrating to do herself — she’s made it to the Top 4 on American Idol!
Jessica’s mind-blowing talent has caught the attention of many famous artists who want to collaborate with her. In fact, R&B singer Akon wants the powerhouse to be voted off the show so that he can sign her to his own record label!
“She’s beyond the talent that’s supposed to be there. I think she’s overqualified, I really do. And she’s only 16. Like, I’ve been around a lot of superstars. I haven’t seen anyone at that age sing like that,” Akon told E! News.
Season 8 winner of “American Idol” Kris Allen said he wants to write a song for Jessica, while Jesse McCartney called her a younger version of Jennifer Hudson and said that he wants to do a duet with her.Read More
May 2, 2012
Jessica Simpson Becomes A Money-Making Mother!
Congratulations to new mommy, Jessica Simpson, on her 9-lb. 14-oz. baby girl, Maxwell Drew!
Forget selling baby pics to tabloids for a big chunk of change, Jessica Simpson’s new mom status could easily give her a big financial boost. Let’s take a look at what new opportunities have been opened up to her as a mom.
Within her already established branded empire, she could easily add some mom-friendly products to her line, like maternity-wear and diaper bags.
“Once people have babies it puts them in a totally different category. It starts when they get engaged and then they become a mommy and then they have the family. Now we will see the Jessica Simpson collection can go into kids things and baby things,” said Lori Levine, the founder of celebrity-based marketing agency, Flying Television. “Being a mom is her new platform.”
Then there’s endorsement deals. From strollers to stretchmark creams – the companies behind these products want celebrity mothers to promote them.
And, of course, you can’t forget all the baby weight. Jessica could pull a Jennifer Hudson and endorse Weight Watchers!
All-in-all, babies can be expensive, but not when you’re a mommy mogul like J.Simp!Read More
March 12, 2012
From Then To Wow: The Transformation Of Jennifer Hudson!
And I am telling you… we cannot believe the “from then to wow” Jennifer Hudson transformation!
This side-by-side photo (2007 to 2012) really puts it in perspective!
The one-time ”American Idol” semi-finalist (who somehow only made it to 7th place) has gracefully transformed into a dynamic “Dreamgirl” diva, who has everything from Grammy Awards to Academy Awards to Golden Globe awards under her belt, albeit much thinner now thanks to a spokesperson gig with Weight Watchers.
All things considered, what a fabulous transformation! She looks phenomenal!
The one constant, however, in the Jennifer Hudson transformation into a full-blown superstar, is her extraordinary voice. After the jump, take a trip down memory lane and watch her sing the late Whitney Houston‘s “I Have Nothing” on an episode of Idol from 2007… (more…)Read More
March 1, 2012
Jessica Sanchez Gets Standing Ovation — Singing Jennifer Hudson’s “I Love You I Do” — VIDEO
America…who’s next — on American Idol season 11?
Randy Jackson: That girl can really sing. One of the best of the last 2 nights.
Jennifer Lopez: The whole things is beyond your years.
Steven Tyler: You’ve got exceptional timing. Your voice is perfect. They need to pay you the next time you sing the National Anthem for the Chargers.
…and there you have it! MJ called it!
January 11, 2012
VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Talks Being “Sexy” And Her Own “Sasha Fierce”
Jennifer Hudson tells me she’s always considered herself “sexy.”
The one-time “American Idol” reject has since gone on to win countless awards (including a GRAMMY for Best R&B Album and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in “Dreamgirls”), sold millions of albums, signed on to be the newest celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers, and most recently, become an author.
I got the chance to catch up with Jennifer on Tuesday night (Jan 10) in NYC, at a Good Housekeeping magazine event, where the sultry songstress (rocking a dress from Roland Mourat) was promoting her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, tracing her 80-pound weight-loss journey.
With a new slim frame, I wondered — does she now consider herself “sexy?” Jennifer assured me that even as a big girl, “I always felt sexy — always — y’all just didn’t know.”
But it isn’t her busty chest or butt or legs she loves the most. “What’s this again?” she asked her publicist, pointing to her glowing neckline. “Your clavicle?” I suggested. “Yes, I’ve always loved that.”
Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping, Rosemary Ellis, hosted the event, and welcomed a surprise visit from record executive Clive Davis, who is credited with giving Jennifer her first record deal and molding her music career into what it is today — a goldmine.
MICAH TV: CATCH MJ’S CHAT WITH SINGER-ACTRESS-AUTHOR JENNIFER HUDSON:
October 28, 2011
Find Out Who’s Performing On This Year’s VH1′s “Divas” Special!
Are y’all ready for “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul”?
The exciting new lineup of talented performers has been announced and it’s quite impressive!
And, if that’s not enough The Roots will also be in the house!
The concert will pay tribute to great cities of Soul Music such as Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis, and Philadelphia.
Soul Music has greatly effected the 21st Century and who better to pay tribute to the genre than some of the most distinguished singers in the business? Performances are set to air on December 19th, 9pm and will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. This edition of ‘VH1 Divas’, like those before it will benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.Read More
September 16, 2011
SELF Magazine Celebrates Women Doing Good In New York City!
Actress Christina Hendricks poses with singer Jennifer Hudson for a “HOT SHOT!” on the red carpet at the SELF Magazine “Women Doing Good” Awards this week in NYC.
Both ladies have lended their celebrity for good over the years — and they were both on hand to celebrate their “charity of choice.”
Jennifer Hudson founded the Julian D. King Foundation, which donates toys and school supplies to needy children in the Chicago neighborhood where she grew up. Jennifer is also creating a teen volunteer program so that kids can receive school credit for helping out with the Foundation.
Christina Hendricks works directly with LATISSE® Wishes Challenge to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, helping to raise $1.5 million to help make dreams come true for kids with life-threatening illnesses.
Other celebs that came out to celebrate “women doing good” included Hoda Kotb, Lisa Ling, and Jessica Seinfeld.
“Today” show host Hoda Kotb also played host for the night, and gave the audience some good news in her welcome speech. She got a call from the hospital while she was getting ready for the event and was told by her doctor that she is now 100% cancer free. She put on her favorite song, which she also did at the event- LMAFO’s Party Rock Anthem and did a little dance (that she did again on stage).
Congratulations to all of you fabulous women and keep continue to “do good!”Read More
August 22, 2011
Hot New Track: David Guetta & Jennifer Hudson – LISTEN NOW!
Nothing But The Beat is David Guetta‘s new album (his fourth!) and in a new collaboration with R&B diva Jennifer Hudson the two of them promise you’ll have the “Night Of Your Life.”
“If you love me ‘til the end of time, then I will promise you the night of your life,” Hudson croons. “I want you to love me like your favorite dream, let’s make tonight a reality.”
It’s a typical beat-tastic anthem from Guetta, filled with empowering and soulful vocals from Mizz Hudson. Love!
Listen to the track now & let MJ know what you think in the comments below:Read More
June 15, 2011
Jennifer Hudson: ‘I Got This’ On The Early Show! – VIDEO
Jennifer Hudson woke up New York City on Tuesday morning (June 14) with an energetic performance of her new single, “I Got This” on CBS’s “The Early Show.”Read More
May 22, 2011
Celebrity Trainer Harley Pasternak’s Summer Workout Tips! – EXCLUSIVE
It’s Summertime, so the beaches are heating up, and MJ‘s favorite stars are bearing their bikini bods for the pages of the magazines. But so many people want to know how they, too, can look like the stars… Well, who better to ask than trainer-to-the-stars Harley Pasternak (trainer to stars like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Hudson, Halle Berry, and Alicia Keys)?
MJ: What is the biggest misconception (or what are the biggest misconceptions) about how to lose weight the right way?
Harley: I think the biggest misconception that people have about losing weight the right way is that you have to spend three or four hours a day at the gym or that they have to starve yourself. The truth is, it’s not necessary. You can spend as little as 25 minutes a day at the gym and eat five times a day and still get fantastic results. The key to losing weight the right way, is not about maximizing the amount of exercise that you do, but optimizing it. It’s not about starving yourself, but eating the right foods and the right amount. When you starve yourself, you’re actually slowing down your metabolism and setting yourself up for future weight gain. So don’t starve yourself, don’t spend hours a day at the gym and whatever you do, ask yourself, ‘can I keep this up for the rest of my life?’ If the answer is no, don’t start.
MJ: You train Lady Gaga (among many other stars) and I have always been impressed with her endurance while on stage. She’s singing like crazy while dancing like a maniac. What’s the key to having good endurance? How does one “build up” their endurance?
Harley: Endurance isn’t about maximizing your intensity or increasing the amount you can lift. You need to gradually build up your endurance and work on increasing the length of time you do an exercise at a certain intensity. So don’t get discouraged if your endurance isn’t at the level as Lady Gaga…yet! Just keep training and keep a positive attitude.
MJ: Jennifer Hudson looks incredible but she couldn’t have lost all the weight on just Weight Watchers alone. She had to do some serious training in the gym. How many hours would you estimate J-Hud spends working out nowadays to maintain her bod? What kinds of exercises did you do with J-Hud to slim down her figure?
Harley: Many people overestimate the amount of time celebs train at the gym. Often times, many celebrities are just as busy as anyone else. Jennifer Hudson is an incredible woman and a great client. To get Jennifer in the shape that she’s in now, she gradually increased the amount of cardio that she did on a daily basis. We got her taking walks with her baby and we slowly added in resistance training. She started doing these 25 minute 5 factor workouts daily and adding that in along with her nutrition program. And she went from doing one a day once a week resistant workouts to two, three, four, five times a week and now exercise is just a part of her everyday life.
MJ: It’s Summertime so people are headed to the beach. What are some of your favorite beach (or poolside!) workouts ala Matthew Mcconaughey?
Harley: The beach is a great place to do exercise! There are many different exercises you can do on the beach. You can go for a walk or go running. You can put a towel down, get a suntan and every once in a while do some abdominal movements or squats. What’s great about the beach is it’s not a flat surface, so simple exercises can challenge different muscles and different parts of your body.
Text the word “Centrum” to 89800 for a chance to fly to LA for a personal training session with Harley and check their Facebook page for more special offers.
May 11, 2011
HOT SHOT! Jennifer Hudson Is A Healthy Hottie!
Slimmed down starlet Jennifer Hudson‘s new project to promote healthy living to middle and high school students around the country, kicked off with a bang in Chicago on Tuesday (May 10), at the annual Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge!
Hudson, who spent the day teaching the students of Namaste Charter School about healthy food and exercise choices, has been on the fast track to becoming a beacon of health, and as a result, she vowed to help the younger generations stray from the same mistakes she made!
You go girl!Read More