Jennifer Hudson is no stranger to the very tragic problem of gun violence.
As you may know, the 34-year-old's mother, brother, and nephew were shot and killed in 2008 by her sister's former partner.
The singer and actress just tackled this very important issue in her new Spike Lee flick Chi-raq — which is about gang violence in Hudson's hometown of Chicago.
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In a recent interview with W Magazine, the American Idol alum opened up about her decision to take on this very personal project. Miz Hudson admits she was hesitant at first when Lee approached her about doing the movie:
"It's like, you're asking a lot. This is reality for me. This is my life. A part of my life. And I definitely had that moment of like, ‘Are you serious?' But when I really thought about it, I understood why he came to me and I thought, ‘You know what? It's worth me telling my story so that hopefully no one else has a story like this to tell.' The film we're doing is trying to save my city, as my mother said, take care of home. So for that reason I was like, ‘Okay, I get it, it's worth doing.' But I don't think it's anything I will ever, ever revisit again."
We can imagine it was incredibly difficult to revisit something that is responsible for the deaths of so many of her loved ones.
At the end of the day, J. Hud says this film is incredibly important in light of recent attacks throughout the United States and the world:
"If we didn't have these issues, I don't think a movie like that would have needed to be made. That's the point of making it, to make people pay attention and say, ‘Guys, we have to start somewhere.' And it's not just the city of Chicago. It's everywhere. It's a bad time right now, no matter where we look. Kids can't go to school, people can't go to church, you can't go to the movies. It's like, what are we doing to ourselves? What's happening? We're acting like animals. It's unfortunate that things are this way, but it's not going to change unless we do something about it. Even in filming the movie, there were times where more and more incidents kept happening. And Spike kept writing it into the movie. Those who don't get it, it's like, how don't you get it when this is what the issue is? And if you do have a problem with it, have a solution to come along with it. What plan do you have? How do you not try? And what are we supposed to do—just kill each other? It's a scary time no matter who you are, where you go, what color you are, where you live, honey."
It is so sad and terrifying that this is such a growing issue. We are just happy there are influencers like Hudson and Lee who are dedicated to making a change for good.
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