“It wasn’t till after [my mom Darnell Donerson] passed that there is not a day go by that I don’t say, ‘My mama used to say…’” said JHud.
One of Jennifer’s favorite sayings from her mother was, “If something hurts, if you moan, it’ll make you feel better.” This bit of advice inspired her to write the song “Moan” off her 2014 album, “JHUD.”
According to Jennifer, another saying that inspired that song was her mother’s saying, “If you think you seen it all, keep on living.”
JHud then asked her studio audience to share their mothers’ favorite sayings, and they didn’t disappoint!
“If you want to dance to the music, you have to pay the band,” said one audience member of what her mother would often say. “You can do whatever you want to do, but there’s always gonna be consequences.”
She offered one more amusing bon mot: “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your behind can’t cash.”
“Don’t wrestle with pigs; they love it and you get dirty,” said another audience member. “Don’t get involved in the messy drama!”
Another audience member shared a phrase her mother would say in Spanish that translates to “The should haves don’t exist.” The meaning behind this saying? “Don’t cling to the past, something you can’t change, and move forward.”
Jennifer, a mother herself, had a few sayings of her own to share. “I’m done being dragged by the face,” said JHud, referencing the end of a long day of working hard. That related right to another JHud saying that has been adopted by the crew of “The Jennifer Hudson Show”: “Ain’t nothing else I can do with this day.”