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Jennifer Hudson covers the April issue of Essence, where “the award-winning actress and singer talks about being a working mom, her wedding plans — and yes, her amazing 80-pound weight loss!”

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Essence says, “With an Oscar and Grammy under her belt — along with a happy family, healthy lifestyle, a new album and a much-anticipated role portraying South Africa’s Winnie Mandela in “Winnie” — she returns to the spotlight happier than ever…”

An excerpt from Jennifer: “My wish is to be at least half as good as my mother was, as patient and as loving as she was, and to just give that to my son…”

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