High school senior Aleah from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was filmed reading an article about JHud in People magazine while weeping. “I’m so proud of her!” she said as her mother filmed her.
JHud gave Aleah the surprise of her life when she unexpectedly showed up over Zoom on the January 25 episode.
“It’s me, Jennifer!” she said, and Aleah instantly burst into tears. “Ain’t she precious?”
Aleah told JHud — through her happy tears — why she means so much to her. “You’ve been through so much, and every day you just come in with a smile,” she said. “And it encourages me to want to do everything in my life with a smile — it’s going to be okay.”
“It’s people like you that inspire me to keep going through it all, so thank you for that,” a touched JHud replied.
Aleah mentioned that for her senior trip, she wanted to go to “The Jennifer Hudson Show.” So, Jennifer did what had to be done and offered to fly her to the show!
Daronayja Hamilton of Sommerville, South Carolina, sent a letter to “The Jennifer Hudson Show” producers about her childhood and how she was raised by her aunt and uncle. She’s the only one of her siblings to graduate high school — on time! — then going on to earn a college degree and master’s degree, paying for the tuition all by herself.
She now teaches pre-K. “I like to encourage kids,” she told JHud. “Kids always come to me for hugs. They look up to me, so I enjoy being around little kids.”
She often refers to herself as a “goal digger.” Daronayja explains: “When I have a goal, that means I’m going to accomplish it.”
One goal was meeting someone from “The Jennifer Hudson Show.” “I didn’t know I was gonna meet you — that’s a blessing!” she said.
“Another goal was to buy a home for my kids for Christmas, and I did that.” Amazing!
JHud, impressed by Daronayja’s positive attitude and persistence, surprised her with a VIP trip to the show!
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Jennifer Hudson surprised fan Jazmin Pittman on Zoom in December. The mother of two shared her story with JHud and the audience, telling them how she sings a song for Jennifer on her birthday every year. Then Jazmin got a bundle of prizes from Mama Hud’s Holiday Giveaways!