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Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Since wrapping her Broadway debut in The Color Purple in May, Jennifer Hudson is staying busy. Having finished filming her role in Adam Sandler’s Netflix project Sandy Wexler, she begins rehearsals Saturday for NBC’s Hairspray Live! After that, it’s a return to the recording studio for the first album under her new Epic contract. And on Wednesday (Sept. 28), Hudson’s latest project was unveiled in Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta neighborhood: the singer’s participation in Shell’s #MakeTheFuture cleaner-energy campaign.

During a recent chat with Billboard at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Hudson — who, with her sister, operates the Julian D. King Gift Foundation to help children of all backgrounds — also touched on her various other projects.

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