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Jennifer Hudson

About Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is an American actress and Singer. In February 2010, reports emerged that Hudson and John Legend are teaming up for her new album. She is a Season 3 contestant on American Idol.

Personal Biography

Early Life

Hudson grew up on Chicago's South Side.

Tragic death of her family

Tragedy struck Hudson when her mother, brother and nephew are murdered in October 2008. The shot death of mother and brother on October 24, 2008 at her Chicago residence stems from domestic abuse and William Balfour, Hudson's brother-in-law and the prime suspect behind the double murder and kidnapping, has been taken into custody.

In October 08, Senator Barack Obama offered his condolences to Hudson and extended his support to her.

Her seven-year-old nephew, Julian King, went missing after the incident.

A prize of 100,000 dollars is announced for information regarding her nephew's safe return. She requested privacy after the tragic event. Police are investigating the role of an accomplice might have aided Jennifer Hudsons family killer drive from the crime scene. Julian King's body was later located in the rear seat of an SUV with multiple gunshot wounds parked across the street on Chicago's West Side on October 27, 08. Police recovered a .45-caliber weapon was recovered on October 29 in the midst of thick weeds in an alley that stands a block from where the singer's seven-year-old nephew was found shot dead multiple times in a Chevy Suburban.

The police had taken Julian's stepfather William Balfour as a prime suspect into custody and held him on parole violation, though none has been charged for the killings.

Hudson's Hollywood pals were in shock after her family tragedy. American Idol judges paid condolence to Hudsons family.

Hudson's family private memorial service was set in Chicago, Illinois on November 3, 2008. Hudson, later, blamed herself for leaving her family in the danger-ridden neighbourhood.

A foundation called the The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims to look after the needs of families who have lost their loved ones to a brutal crime has been set up.

In November 09, despite it having been a year, Hudson said that she still feels her mothers presence. In December 09, reports are out that she is planning to sell her Chicago home where her mother and brother were murdered.

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Professional Biography

As an actress


Hudson has come under attack from a South African actors union after she was cast as Winnie Mandela in a new biopic.


Ranking / Recognition / Awards / Nominations / Postive comments

  • February 09: 51st Grammy Awards: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nomination for Spotlight ; Arista
  • February 09: 51st Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: I'm His Only Woman; Featuring Fantasia; Track from: Jennifer Hudson; Arista Records
  • February 09: 51st Grammy Awards: Best R&B Song Winner: Spotlight; Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Jennifer Hudson); Arista Records; Publishers: Super Sayin' Publishing/Universal Music-Z Songs, Sony/ATV Tunes, EMI Music Publishing
  • February 09: 51st Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album Winner: Jennifer Hudson; Arista Records

First public appearance after family tragedy

Hudson is returning to stage after six weeks and will be performing at MusiCares person of the year gala on February 6, 2009 in her first public appearance since family tragedy. Leading artists who will be performing along with her include Tim McGraw, Josh Groban while Coldplay will belt out the songs of Neil Diamond at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Hudson would also be attending the Grammy. She confirmed she will be performing at the Grammy Awards and is ready to face the spotlight again after having faced the horrors of her tragic family murders.

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Jennifer Hudson in News

From the Runway to Broadway: JetBlue Named the Official Airline of The Color Purple on Broadway
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - November 30, 2015) - JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU), New York's Hometown Airline™, today announced a new partnership with the Broadway production -- The Color Purple to celebrate the return of this award-winning show to New York.

Experiential Marketing Executive Mark Anderson Joins Division Black
PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - May 21, 2015) - Billups, the nation's largest independent Out-of-Home (OOH) media specialist agency, today announced that Mark Anderson will join Division Black as Executive Vice President. Billups launched Division Black earlier this year to meet the growing needs of its clients and establish a foothold in the arena of consumer engagement

Carly Paoli Performs at Prestigious David Foster Foundation Gala
British Mezzo Soprano Carly Paoli made her spectacular international debut this week at a glittering charity event alongside Aerosmith frontman Steve Tyler and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

Two-Day Pride Fest an Event All Lakeview Can Enjoy
The Pride Fest was held this year on June 21-22 along North Halsted, between Belmont and Addison. The event features two days of performances on two stages, arts, crafts, food, and other attractions. Headlining is Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson. The event is traditionally held as a primer for the Pride Parade, which takes place the following weekend.

Carly Paoli's Voice "Beautiful" According to American Soprano Jackie Evancho
MEZZO Soprano Carly Paoli's voice has been described as "beautiful" by teenage opera star and America Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho.

David Foster Foundation Miracle Gala & Concert Takes Off With Auctioned Trip to Space Aboard the XCOR(R) Lynx(R) Spacecraft
VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - October 03, 2014) - The more than 800 guests and celebrities attending the event were able to mix and mingle while taking a seat in the XCOR® Lynx® prototype that was on display at the gala, which was held in the WestJet hangar

Ed Sheeran's "x" = #1; Acclaimed New Album Debuts Atop SoundScan/Billboard 200 With Record-Breaking Sales; 3x-GRAMMY(R) Nominee to Celebrate With July 4th Performances on NBC's TODAY and VH1's Philly 4th of July Jam; Exclusive Live Facebook Q&A Hosted by Beats Music on July 3rd; New Single "Don'
"x," the acclaimed new album from Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran, has made a spectacular chart debut, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #1. With sales in excess of 208,000 units, "x" -- pronounced "multiply" -- has scored the biggest first week for a pop album this year and 3rd highest overall.

Jason Derulo to Release Third Album "Tattoos" This Fall
Singer, songwriter and performer Jason Derulo will release his third album Tattoos this fall. The new album arrives over a year after the Miami native suffered a freak accident while preparing for his Future History World Tour.

Image Entertainment Acquires Domestic Rights to Winnie Mandela Biopic
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to Winnie Mandela at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Budgeted at $15 million, the film is an adaptation of Anné Mariè du Preez Bezdrob's biography Winnie Mandela: A Life and is written and directed by Darrell J. Roodt.

Verve Energy Drink Premieres at Sundance Film Festival and on Entertainment Tonight
Alongside world premiere independent films, Verve made its debut to the film world elite at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival held in Park City, Utah, from January 17-27

Weight Watchers celebrates 50th anniversary in New York City
Weight Watchers spokesperson Jennifer Hudson unveils Proclamation by the City of New York naming March 25, 2013 as Weight Watchers Founder Celebration Day!

Unified Pictures Launches Genre Label Red Band Films
Unified Pictures focuses on the ever-growing genre audience and launches targeted label Red Band Films where feature length films will be developed and created with the genre-specific audience in mind.

Majesco Entertainment Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2012.

Majesco Entertainment Company Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended April 30, 2012.

Majesco Entertainment Gets Red Carpet Ready With Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout Coming to Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii This Fall
Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, announced today plans to release Harley Pasternak's Hollywood Workout, the interactive game that gives you direct access to the fitness program many of today's Hollywood celebrities use to achieve and maintain their physiques

Celebrity Event Designer Preston Bailey Partners With Weddingstar to Provide Brides With Signature Tabletop Accessories
Weddingstar, one of the world's leading designers, manufactures and retailers of wedding accessories, has announced a partnership with Preston Bailey, the international wedding and event design icon. Mr. Bailey will design an exclusive collection of wedding reception tabletop accessories. The Preston Bailey Tabletop Collection is expected to appear worldwide at retail in Fall 2012.

Jennifer Hudson records special lullaby
Jennifer Hudson has taken inspiration from her own experiences of motherhood to record a special lullaby.

Jennifer Hudson to guest star on 'Smash'
Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to join US musical drama 'Smash' for a multi-episode storyline, during the show's second season.

Helen Mirren among 24 Walk of Fame inductees for 2013
Dame Helen Mirren will be honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.

Jennifer Hudson 'relieved' after family's killer brought to justice
Jennifer Hudson is "relieved" and "pleased" that the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew has been found guilty.

Gaining and losing weight means big paydays for celebs
Celebrities like Valerie Bertinelli and Kirstie Alley have proved that waging a public battle with the bulge is no longer a detour from stardom.

Jennifer Hudson prays for her mother's murderer
Jennifer Hudson and her sister Julia Hudson have written a note praying for William Balfour, the man who murdered their mother, brother and nephew.

William Balfour found guilty of murdering Jennifer Hudson's kin
The former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson has been convicted of murdering three members of her family in 2008.

Jennifer Hudson says fiance saved her life
Jennifer Hudson has revealed that had her fiance David Otunga not called her to visit him, she would have been murdered along with her mother and brother at her home three years back.

Jennifer Hudson flees courtroom to avoid looking at gory pics of murdered kin
Jennifer Hudson left a Chicago courtroom again on Wednesday as another witness showed spine chilling photographs of one of her murdered relatives.

Jennifer Hudson cries as she faces man accused of murdering family
Jennifer Hudson broke down in tears as she faced the man accused of murdering her family across a courtroom.

Sting and wife organise concert to save Amazon rainforest
Sting and his actress wife Trudie Styler have organised their latest concert aimed at raising money and awareness for the preservation of the Amazon rainforest and its destruction.

Six shapes of women revealed
One in five women is shaped like butternut squash, which means that their bust and hip sizes are the same but the waist is smaller by about 10 inches.

Rihanna reveals secret to her glowing skin
Rihanna has disclosed that she uses the Per-fekt skincare range to get her radiant looks.

Aussies 'worry most about work than broader issues'
'Future career' concerns create the greatest anxiety for both men and women in Australia, according to a new study.

Mitt Romney's campaign trail playlist unveiled
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed Friday on Facebook what songs he listens to on campaign trail.

Hudson denied Precious role over weight gain requirement
Actress Jennifer Hudson had turned down the title role in 'Precious' since she didn't want to pack on weight to play the abused single mum.

Hudson hits out at size zero claims
Jennifer Hudson has claimed that she never told US talk show host Joy Behar that she was a size zero.

Hudson signed up for Stooges role as tribute to mum
Jennifer Hudson signed up for a role in the Farrelly Brothers' new film 'Three Stooges' as a tribute to her late mother, who loved the slapstick trio.

Jennifer Hudson signed 'Three Stooges' movie to honour late mom
Jennifer Hudson has revealed that she accepted the offer to star in Farrelly Brothers' new 'Three Stooges' movie in a bid to pay tribute to her late mom.

Jennifer Hudson says trip to meet fiance saved her life
Jennifer Hudson believes that had she not jetted to Florida to meet her fiance Daniel Otunga, she could also have been a victim of the ghastly murders that took the lives of her mother, brother and nephew.

'Black Eyed Peas' pull out of MJ tribute concert due to "unavoidable circumstances"
American hip-hop band 'Black Eyed Peas' has reportedly pulled out of this weekend's 'Michael Forever' concert in Cardiff, due to "unavoidable circumstances".

Newly slim Jennifer Hudson opens weight loss centre
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson has opened her own weight loss centre after she recently shed over 80lbs.

Jennifer Hudson, Christina Hendricks honoured for their charity work
Hollywood stars Jennifer Hudson and Christina Hendricks were honoured for their charity work at the 2011 Women Doing Good Awards.

Aretha Franklin still wants Halle Berry to play lead role in biopic
Even though Halle Berry has declined to play soul diva Aretha Franklin in a biopic about her life, the Queen of Soul has revealed that her top choice for the role still remains Berry.

Jennifer Hudson 'is proud of her weight loss than winning an Oscar'
Jennifer Hudson has revealed that she is proud of her weight loss than the honourable Oscar she had received for 'Dreamgirls'.

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