Chicago Honors American Idol's Jennifer Hudson
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
To pay tribute to the up-and-coming star Jennifer Hudson, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley declared March 6 as “Jennifer Hudson Day.” According to the mayor, Hudson’s journey to fame and stardom serves as an inspiration and positive encouragement for anyone who has a dream.

Hudson, a 24-year old native of Chicago, was born on September 12, 1981. She gained attention as one of the finalists on the popular talent reality show American Idol season 3. Even though she did not win on the show, her career flourished after her stint on American Idol. She starred as Effie Melody White in the musical film Dreamgirls where she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award. Ultimately, she is considered the third African-American to grace the cover of Vogue magazine.

During her inclusion on American Idol, she struggled to gain popularity, as well as the viewers’ votes. However, she still became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be eliminated from the show, ranking seventh place overall.

Moreover, she also acquired numerous awards from award giving bodies like the Satellite Awards, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Hollywood Life Awards, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards, Washington, DC Film Critics Association, African-American Film Critics Association, The National Society of Film Critics, Austin Film Critics Association, Broadcast Film Critics Awards, and Black Reel Awards just to name a few. Remarkably, the budding actress has achieved the said awards in just a span of 1 year.

Furthermore, the mayor stresses the importance of determination and perseverance to go after dreams even if there may be a lot of barriers and challenges along the way, citing Hudson as an example. He told hundreds of fans, "People told her `You can't.' And she said `I can.'" In response to the mayor, Hudson said, "Not only can I do it, but you can do it, too."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Yahoo News