A Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress, and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. Hudson’s breakout film performance in the 2006 smash hit “Dreamgirls” led to her Academy Award win for “Best Supporting Actress,” as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and a NAACP Image Award. The following year, her self-titled album won “Best R&B Album” at the 2008 Grammy Awards. She went on to release two more critically acclaimed records, 2011’s “I Remember Me” and 2014’s “JHUD.”
In the fall of 2015, she made her Broadway debut as Shug Avery in John Doyle’s re-imagination of “The Color Purple” to rave reviews. Hudson added author to her list of accomplishments with the release of her New York Times best-selling memoir, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself, and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down” in 2012. A year later, Hudson was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Extending her talent and acclaim towards others, Jennifer, along with her sister Julia, founded The Julian D. King Gift Foundation, as a catalyst for change in children’s health, education, and welfare. The Foundation aims to provide stability, support, and positive experiences for children of all backgrounds, with the intent they become productive, confident, and happy adults.