In March 2008, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, who won for her performance in “Dreamgirls” and made the Top 12 on “American Idol,” attended V-Day in New Orleans, an event celebrating a global movement against violence toward women and girls. The initiative has been named among Worth Magazine’s 100 Best Charities, and also one of Marie Claire‘s Top Ten Charities for raising over $50 million in the last five years. She also attended a charity ball in July of 2008 in London, hosted by singer Alicia Keys for Keep a Child Alive. That same September, Hudson joined soul performers Joss Stone and Anita Baker in saluting Patti LaBelle at the United Negro College Fund‘s “An Evening of Stars.”
Even as an award-winning actress top finalist in one of the most rigorous singing competitions, Hudson is no stranger to personal trials. In fact, the UNCF gala was to be one of Jennifer’s last public appearances for a while, after her mother, brother, and seven-year old nephew, were brutally murdered in her mother’s home in Chicago.
The week following the tragedy, Hudson established the Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, in memory of the relatives she lost. Her foundation helps provide for a family’s basic needs, such as food, water and clothing, after a devastating loss is suffered, and also to provide grief counseling.
On January 22, Hudson appeared in the telethon “Hope for Haiti Now,” performed “Let It Be” from the Beatles. It is truly apparent that, while she will continue to deal with her loss in different ways, Miss Hudson undoubtedly carries within her an inner strength that continues to guide her to achieve her own personal success, while helping others along the way.
I better get to a bed…and soon. My allergies were acting up, so I took a Benadryl. That, plus the fact that it’s past midnight, have me struggling to keep my head from crashing into the keyboard.
Remember to visit www.cnn.com/impact for the lowdown on the legitimate agencies and nonprofit organizations to which you can donate money to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.