Hudson Celebrates Success At Family Church

For Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson, there was no question where she'd celebrate her success in the week leading up to the Academy Awards -- at her family's Chicago church.

For Oscar nominee Jennifer Hudson, there was no question where she'd celebrate her success in the week leading up to the Academy Awards -- at her family's Chicago church.

After winning a Golden Globe last month, Hudson is the favorite to take home the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in "Dreamgirls."

"I don't do clubs. I don't drink. I don't smoke," Hudson told a boisterous crowd at Progressive Baptist Church on the city's South Side last night (Feb. 19). "I'm not having no club party; I better have a praise party."

Hudson headlined a gospel concert named in her honor, "An Evening of Praise with Jennifer Hudson," accompanied by the acclaimed Soul Children of Chicago.

Many of the more than 3,000 people in the audience were non-church members drawn in to hear Hudson and others sing. "It's an exciting time because the city is so rich in the gospel tradition," said audience member Brenda Morgan. "It's a great night. We're so proud of Ms. Hudson."


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