TR: You have such a busy schedule with your music and film career. How do you balance motherhood?
JH: When I am working I try to have my son, wherever I am. I had to tell you about my baby’s debut. You may have seen his little hair in the bus scene; he’s actually sitting on someone’s lap. He is 4 years old, but it’s still a bit of a process with him when someone else is playing my son. He will say, “Mommy, that is not your son. I’m your son.”
Having him there is great. Right now he wants to be an actor, the next minute a wrestler, the next minute he is singing. So you know, I am so curious to see what he is going to be. I know he is going to take over the world.
TR: With “Black Nativity” being all about families and the holiday season, what kind of holiday traditions do you have in your family?
JH: In my family we will create an event just to come together. So during the holidays, one thing I love is that everyone seems to be of one accord. This is the time of year where you can bring everyone together and you have the perfect excuse to do it. That’s what I love most about the holidays.
TR: Do you have a favorite song on the soundtrack, and were there any surprising musical moments?
JH: My favorite song is “He Loves Me Still.” If you listen to the words, “None of us are perfect, but God still loves you.” Just like Angela’s character, Aretha Cobbs, said, “We all have done things, and that’s between us and God.” The words of the song are true. We all can relate because it’s from the heart. It’s my favorite song. Every time I listen to that song it gives me peace, it lifts me up, it centers me. When they were teaching the song to us, I was like, wow! This was a moment within itself.
TR: As an Oscar-winning actress and a Grammy-winning artist, would you say you are more passionate about music or acting?
JH: What I will say is this. At first I didn’t understand when asked this question, but someone randomly told me that “singing is your gift, and your acting is your reward from God for using your gift.” It’s all from God, so I love both.
I love everything and I hope I never have to choose. I always say, “Lord, you send me and I’ll go in any situation or place.” From Dreamgirls on, if God places me here, I have no choice but to be prepared. So I’m here prepared; so I just take it.
(Huda Mu’min is a lifestyle expert, entertainment writer and celebrity chef from ABC’s The Taste. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.)