SHORT CUTS: Latifah the New Face of Jenny Craig

Published December 20, 2007

Posted Dec. 20, 2007 -- We may see a slimmer Queen Latifah in 2008. The Oscar-nominated singer and actress, 37, is following in the footsteps of actresses Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli as the new celebrity spokesperson for Jenny Craig, People.com confirmed.

"We officially confirm that Queen Latifah will join the Jenny Craig program in January," said Scott Parker, Jenny Craig's vice president of marketing. "We are thrilled to have Queen Latifah support our mission of improving health by taking her first step toward achieving a more healthful lifestyle."

The "Perfect Holiday" producer has consistently celebrated her plus-size figure over the years and is expected to have a "very different campaign, focused on a healthier lifestyle, not on getting onto a specific dress size," Parker said.

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Pinkett Smith Honored by ESSENCE

Actress, director, producer and screenwriter, Jada Pinkett Smith, will be one of the three African-American women honored during the inaugural ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, to be held in Los Angeles on Thursday, Feb. 21.

The star-studded event will salute Pinkett Smith as one of three honorees who have helped to change and inspire positive images of black women in television and film—both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.       

Pinkett Smith will receive an award in the Film category, while other honorees to be awarded in the categories of Television and Lifetime Achievement will be announced in the near future. In addition to numerous acting roles,

Pinkett Smith has produced and directed episodes of the now-cancelled sitcom "All of Us" and is helming the upcoming film "The Human Contract," starring hubby Will Smith.     

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon commemorates Essence magazine’s annual Hollywood issue.

Written by BET-Staff

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