Jennifer Hudson, Singer and Actress

Jennifer Hudson, Singer and Actress

Women and Adversity: Jennifer Hudson, Singer and Actress

Jennifer Hudson, the 34-year-old Chicago-born actress and singer, is an inspiration not only to aspiring singers and actresses but also to women beset with monumental problems. She was on  “American Idol” in 2004 but was eliminated even though she had acquired a huge fan base. In 2005 she was cast as Effie White in “Dreamgirls” and won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best-supporting actress.

Her personal life, however, has included situations most women never face. In 2008 on the heels of her Grammy-winning, self-titled album, her mother, brother and nephew were killed. Her former brother-in-law was later convicted and is serving life in prison.

Because of this tragedy, Hudson established the Julian D. King Gift Foundation in memory of her nephew, who was seven when he died. She received the Favorite Humanitarian award in the 2014 People’s Choice Awards presentations.

Hudson didn’t always have her svelte figure. She was overweight in “Dreamgirls” but since then has been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers and in 2012 wrote a book on how she lost the weight.

To be faced with the highest highs and the lowest lows at her age and to persist in achieving is an accomplishment all women can admire. In their own lives they can be inspired to overcome the misfortunes that come their way.





Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

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