The Word: Hudson uses her power for good

Jennifer Hudson, left, poses with her sister, Julia Hudson, and a photo of her slain nephew, Julian D. King, during the first Julian D. King Gift Foundation Hatch Day celebration at De La Salle Institute in Chicago.

It’s great to see celebrity power used for good, especially in the face of tragedy. On Sunday, Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson, along with her sister, Julia Hudson, hosted the first ever Hatch Day on behalf of the Julian D. King Gift Foundation at the De La Salle Institute in Chicago. If you remember, Julian King was Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew who was killed in late 2008 by William Balfour, Julia’s estranged husband. Balfour also murdered Hudson’s mother and brother. At the event, held on what would have been King’s 10th birthday, 2,000 Chicago students received school supplies and got to create their own custom backpacks. And that’s not all: Hudson will be featured in robocalls to 285,000 Chicago public school students, reminding them that school starts Sept. 6. “It feels good to give back to children, as he was a child,” Hudson told ABC News. “And also to help inspire your kids — that’s one of the things that helped me growing up, to know that, ‘Wow, if this is in my presence, then I can achieve and I can do it, too.’”

Tara Reid’s whirlwind weekend

Tara Reid’s romantic timeline on Twitter is awesome. On Saturday, the actress first announced that she was engaged. Most media outlets assumed her fiance was Danish businessman Michael Lillelund, who Reid had been dating since last year. Two hours later, she updated her status to read: “Just got married in Greece. I love being a wife.” But it turns out Lillelund wasn’t the groom after all. Reid had to get on Twitter to clear it up: “His name is Zack Kehayov” she wrote. Life &?Style got their hands on the wedding photo. “She can’t wait to get back and celebrate with her friends and family,” a friend tells the mag. Knowing Reid’s past clothing malfunctions, let’s be thankful the nuptials didn’t turn into “niptials.”

Witherspoon’s wild side?

Reese Witherspoon might not be such a good girl after all. The actress showed off her beach body — and some new body art — while vacationing in Hawaii recently, according to Us Weekly. The bikini-clad Oscar-winner was spotted beachside with husband Jim Toth on Sunday sporting a large tattoo of a star flanked by two birds prominently displayed on her abdomen.

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