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Jennifer Hudson Responds to Tony Nomination 2016 Snub: 'My Presence Was Used for My Celebrity, Not My Talent'

Jennifer Hudson is responding to her nomination snub from the 2016 Tony Awards for her performance in The Color Purple, one of the biggest hits on Broadway this season.

A fan tweeted at the Oscar-winning actress, “Ultimate snub of @IAMJHUD for the #TonyAwards. Her performance was great for it being her first time in Broadway.”

Jennifer responded, “my presence was used for my celebrity , not my talent . I’m not surprised.” She also added, “thank u anyway.”

Jennifer‘s co-stars Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks were both nominated in the leading actress and featured actress categories, respectively. “Very proud and overwhelmed to say congrats to @cynthiaerivo @daniebb3 @color purple entire cast on tony nod ! One hell of a cast that’s for sure ! Proud of u all!,” Jennifer wrote on Instagram.

Michael Shannon & Michael C. Hall Celebrate Best of Off-Broadway At Lucille Lortel Awards 2016!

Michael Shannon and Michael C. Hall are dapper in suits as they hit the red carpet at the 2016 Lucille Lortel Awards held at the NYU Skirball Center on Sunday (May 1) in New York City.

The two actors were joined by Danielle Brooks, Danai Gurira, Anna Chlumsky, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Michael Urie, Jonathan Groff, Cynthia Erivo and host Zachary Levi at the event honoring outstanding achievement Off-Broadway.

Futurity, an avant garde musical about the future of human imagination, was named Best Musical and Guards at the Taj, about a legend at the heart of India’s Taj Mahal, was named Best Play.

FYI: Anna and Rebecca are wearing Novis dresses.

30+ pictures inside of Michael Shannon and others at the 2016 Lucille Lortel AwardsMore Here! »

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Danielle Brooks & Sara Bareilles Honored at More/Shape Women’s Half-Marathon

Danielle Brooks crosses the finish line during the More/Shape Women’s Half-Marathon on Sunday morning (April 17) in New York City.

The 26-year-old Orange is the New Black star was honored as part of the Women Run the World Relay and Mentorship Program alongside singer Sara Bareilles at the event.

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Each celebrity was paired with a mentee from NYRR’s Run for the Future Program benefiting New York City high school girls to run or walk one mile of the 13.1-mile race.

“I loved being a part of an all-female race. There were cheers from not only the sidelines, but from runners themselves, encouraging each other along the way, and I thought that was really special. It was an inspired morning,” Sara said.

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Eve & 'Barbershop: The Next Cut' Co-Stars Hit New York City!

Eve strikes a pose alongside Ashanti while attending a special screening of her latest film Barbershop: The Next Cut held at the HBO Screening Room on Monday (April 11) in New York City.

The 37-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by her co-stars Ice Cube, Common, Michael Rainey Jr., and Cedric the Entertainer, as well as Danielle Brooks, Dionne Warwick, Dean Winters, and Laura Michelle Kelly, who all came out to show their support for the flick.

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That same day, Eve made an appearance on The Talk where she dished about what we can expect from Barbershop and revealed that she has been working on new music – Watch below!


Eve Talks ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’

FYI: Danielle is wearing a Carmen Marc Valvo dress paired with Louis Vuitton shoes.

50+ pictures inside of Eve and her Barbershop co-stars at their New York screening… More Here! »

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Jennifer Hudson & 'Color Purple' Cast Celebrate at Album Listening Party!

Jennifer Hudson poses for photos at the album listening party for her Broadway show The Color Purple on Thursday (February 11) in New York City.

The 34-year-old entertainer was joined at the event by her co-stars Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks. The album will be released on February 19.

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After that evening’s performance, Jennifer posted a video thank you to a fan who gave her flowers during the curtain call.

“Thank u to that sweet fan who showered me with flowers during the curtain call tonight! Caught me off guard but still very sweet!” Jennifer captioned the Instagram video.

A video posted by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on

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'Orange Is the New Black' Renewed for 3 More Seasons!

Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for not just one more season, not two, but three additional seasons!

The Netflix series has been renewed through season seven, the streaming service announced months before the premiere of season four.

Jenji [Kohan] and her team have produced a phenomenal and impactful series that is both funny and dramatic, outrageous and heartfelt. Audiences around the world have come to love the ladies and men of Orange is the New Black, and we are eager to see where three more seasons will take them,” Netflix’s vp, original content, Cindy Holland, said in a statement (via THR).

“Three more years! Not quite a political term, but still plenty of time to do some interesting things,” Jenji said in a statement. “In some cultures, ‘May you lead an interesting life,’ is a curse, but I don’t live in those cultures. Here’s to keeping it interesting. Thanks Netflix! Both thanks and you’re welcome Lionsgate! And kudos and gratitude to the stellar cast and crew and writers and producers and editors and musicians and mixers and shleppers… with whom I have the pride and honor of crafting this show. Three more years! Three more years!”

Jennifer Hudson Celebrates 'The Color Purple' Opening Night - Watch Sneak Peek Here!

Jennifer Hudson is gorgeous in a gown while attending the opening night after party for her Broadway play The Color Purple held at the Copacabana nightclub on Thursday (December 10) in New York City.

The 34-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo, as well as her partner David Otunga and their son David Otunga Jr.

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“I couldn’t imagine taking this journey with anyone else! God knew what he as doing!,” Jennifer tweeted. “I’m so proud of u all and honored to share the stage with you! @cynthiaerivo @daniebb3 and the entire cast! Happy opening night! We are here #colorpurple”

‘The Color Purple’ On Broadway

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Zac Posen dress. Danielle is wearing a Jovani dress, Manolo Blahnik shoes and Kimberly McDonald ring.

20+ pictures inside of Jennifer Hudson and her co-stars at the after party… More Here! »

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