Myeisha Essex is in love with all things pop culture, thanks in large part to her hometown. This Los Angeles native has an encyclopedic knowledge of the entertainment industry and she loves a good trivia game. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies from Bennett College for Women and her master's from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Her work can be found in Sister 2 Sister, Harlem World Magazine, Clutch and on Essence.com. When she's not keeping up with the news or learning Beyonce's latest dance moves, she enjoys watching stand-up comedy on YouTube! Follow her on Instagram @more_about_me
Jennifer Hudson went Hollywood glam for the latest edition of Net-A-Porter’s The Edit. The Oscar and Grammy award winner, who stars as a single mother in the new holiday film Black Nativity, posed in beautiful designer dresses for photographer Franceso Carrozzini and dished on her life as a down-to-earth A-lister.
Along with showing off her natural beauty, J-Hud shared a little know fact with the magazine: when she accepted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in February 2007, she “didn’t know what the Oscars was.”
“Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world,” she revealed. “If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.'”
Check out other highlights from the interview below and click through the slides to see her stunning photos.
On having Oprah, Beyonce and Alicia Keys as friends:
“It is so bizarre to me to say, ‘OK, let me go email Alicia [Keys], let me go email Beyonce, let me go talk to Oprah…’ For so long I sat and admire them; now I’m among them.
On life after “American Idol”:
What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
On her new movie Black Nativity:
“I turned down I don’t know how many [musicals]. What drew me to this is that it’s a holiday film: I’m a holiday fanatic. It’s uplifting – we don’t have enough of that in the world.”
On her memory of Whitney Houston:
“As a girl I’d sit in my momma’s house and sing I Will Always Love You. That’s why [singing in tribute] was so overwhelming. I’m just grateful I got to meet Whitney. She came backstage and was like, ‘I turn my torch over to you; you are The One’. I was like, ‘Oh my God! Did anybody else hear that?’ Had she not given me her blessing, I would never have stepped on that stage.”