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Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Date: Jan 12 2009

Themes: News

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"


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Everyone’s life has its ups and downs, but most people don’t see their greatest dreams and worst nightmares come true at the same time. That’s what happened to Jennifer Hudson, who first stepped into the spotlight as a contestant on the TV show American Idol. Even though she didn’t win, her performance on the show helped her get a role in the 2006 musical Dreamgirls, in which she sang and acted alongside Beyonce Knowles. She did such a good job in that film that she won an Academy Award, the highest honor an American actor can receive, and became a superstar overnight.

Then, in October 2008, Jennifer’s mother, brother, and seven-year-old nephew were all murdered. Soon afterward, her brother-in-law was charged with the killings. Now, Jennifer’s debut album, which came out just a few weeks before the shootings, is nominated for multiple Grammy awards, including Best R&B Album.

Devan and Amanda were both shocked to hear about what happened to Jennifer’s family. Listen to them wonder what it would be like to be nominated for Grammys so soon after losing your family.


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Devan:  Jennifer Hudson just got nominated for five Grammys. This must be somewhat bittersweet, to get the happy news in the midst of all the sad news she’s had lately.

Amanda:  Yeah. She so needs that. I just can’t believe it. With the triple homicide, she pretty much had all the closest people in her family taken away from her.

Devan:  It’s so sad, what happened to her family. But then at the same time, it’s like, “Here comes the Grammys!” She’s nominated for five Grammys. She very well might win some of them, which should be like one of the happiest days of her life, besides winning the Oscar that she won for Dreamgirls.

Amanda:  Yeah. She’s really blowing up because she’s so multi-talented. I mean, she was a finalist on American Idol. Most finalists just kind of disappear. They crank out their album and then you never hear from them again, and here she has a supporting role in…what was it called, with Beyonce?

Devan:  Dreamgirls.

Amanda:  Yeah! And she overshadowed Beyonce Knowles, which was ridiculous. Both with the singing and with the acting. It was almost like she had this huge blessing and then it was taken away from her in her personal life.

Devan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  It was almost too much to process, and swallow.

Devan:  It’s just such a shame. That’s such a horrible tragedy, also, to overshadow all of her accomplishments.

Amanda:  It makes you wonder how she can actually focus on her career right now.

Devan:  Yeah.

Amanda:  But on the flip-side, it’s probably what keeps her going.

Devan:  Definitely. At least she has stuff going for her, and she has the music career to continue embracing and look forward to. I certainly hope she wins some of those Grammys, ‘cause I think she deserves it.

Amanda:  She certainly does.


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Devan tells Amanda that Jennifer Hudson was just nominated for several Grammy awards. They agree that she must have really mixed feelings right now. Even though it’s always been her dream to release an album and be nominated for a Grammy, her personal life has been full of tragedy.

Amanda is impressed by how multi-talented Jennifer Hudson is. She not only sings, but also acts. Most performers who get their start on American Idol don’t achieve lasting success, but Hudson really made it. Devan hopes that her work is a source of comfort. But Amanda wonders if she can pay attention to her career while dealing with such an intense personal crisis.

Do you think Hudson’ssuccess will help her cope with her loss? Have you ever lost someone who was close with you? How did you deal with it?



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it's so tragic news for her ,

 life is dramatic,  hope she could face it and be out of dejection,make a better life  ,it's the only thi she can do for the dead people

05:08 AM Jan 12 2009 |




Her songs somehow have* a magical power to heal my  pain. lol!! (oh, well, mistyped!!)

And just wanted to say sorry about the tragedy happned to her. It must have been a huge breakdown to her.



04:29 AM Jan 12 2009 |



South Korea

i think that she' so sad.even though she was nominatied grammys

i am sympathize that feeling when my dad had died i was mournful too.

03:46 AM Jan 12 2009 |




what i have learned from life lesson is life is unfair ,butas far as u have fainth in yourself n improve yourself wiyh efforts , u willlbe refined !!!!

03:05 AM Jan 12 2009 |




wonder about behind murder!

03:01 AM Jan 12 2009 |




It must be so hard to hear that. Any career success can't cover the sadness of losing families.

Pray for her.

02:44 AM Jan 12 2009 |

Green Alice

Russian Federation

Poor Jennifer!
“She’s not only sings, but also acts”. Guys, how can it be? Is it a typo or a grammar rule I’m not aware of?

01:23 AM Jan 12 2009 |




Her songs somehow has a magical power to heal my heartbroken pain. lol!!

01:05 AM Jan 12 2009 |

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