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Jennifer Hudson Honors Black History Month by Revealing a Mural of Sam Cooke in Her Studio

Afouda Bamidele
Feb 04, 2021
04:10 A.M.

Jennifer Hudson commenced Black History Month in one of most thoughtful ways as she revealed the life-size mural of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke, in her studio.

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Jennifer Hudson is commemorating Black History Month in the grandest way as she unveiled the new painting up in her studio dedicated to the legacy of music legend, Sam Cooke.

In his lifetime, Cooke was known as the King of Soul, and Hudson thought it would be most befitting to have his painting sitting up in her Aretha Franklin vocal throne studio next to the Queen of Soul.

A portrait of Sam Cooke smiling on January 01, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

A portrait of Sam Cooke smiling on January 01, 1970 | Photo: Getty Images

In the one-photo post, the star singer looked radiant sitting in the dimly-lit studio next to the painting as she was photographed admiring it. Hudson sweetly wrote in her caption:

“In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share my new addition to my Aretha Franklin vocal studio throne room! My new Sam Cooke mural!...”

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Cooke made history by being a pivotal singer who paved more ways for African-Americans in showbiz and music in particular. A recent look into history was done in honor of his 90th birthday.

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Before her death, [Aretha] Franklin specifically picked Hudson, as the person to play her role in a biopic.

A photo of Sam Cooke during a music session on January 01, 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

A photo of Sam Cooke during a music session on January 01, 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

The first manager of Rolling Stones, Andrew Loog Oldham shared his memories of the life and times of Cooke. Oldham recalled that the first time he met Cooke was in 1962.

The music star had come all the way to sing to what was perceived as a difficult audience. Oldham recalled that Cooke was taken a bit aback because he was not used to a white audience.

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Oldham shared that that night, he watched Cooke charm the audience with his beautiful sound, and every performance after that, established the level of talent he possessed.

While Hudson is one of music’s most revered icons, she sure knows how to give honor when due. Last year, the star took out time to honor Franklin in an Instagram tribute.

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The post came two years after Franklin’s death, and Hudson fondly wrote about the singer’s legacy. Presently, fans are getting geared to watch the Oscar-winning star play Franklin in the biopic titled “Respect.”

Before her death, Franklin specifically picked Hudson, as the person to play her role in a biopic and so far, Hudson has been doing a tremendous job in bringing the film project par excellence.

The star put in extra efforts as she learned how to play the piano and also realized that she had to put down her own prowess to embody the exceptional legacy that Franklin lived.

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