Jennifer Hudson Speaks on Career, "New Beginning" of Motherhood

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Following the conviction of William Balfour for murdering three members of her family, Jennifer Hudson released a statement that passed along prayers to Balfour's family and thanked her fans for their love and support.

At a charity event in New York for the Samsung Hope for Children last night, meanwhile, Hudson spoke out about the verdict for the first time.

Jennifer Hudson in NYC

"It's definitely changed me and put me in the mindset of a mom, and, as before, it makes you think of the future of our children," Hudson told E! News, bringing the topic back to the cause at hand and also her own charity, the Julian King Foundation. "This is the perfect place to do that; it's like starting a new beginning and closing a chapter."

Jennifer's charity benefits underprivileged children in the Chicago area and she will hold a fundraiser for it on her late nephew's birthday, August 14.

But Hudson is also focused on her future as an artist and a singer.

"I'm getting started on my third album this summer, and I have a few films in the works. I'm now just getting back out there and into my rhythm again, so one day at a time."

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