CDU Visits The Jennifer Hudson Show
The Mighty Lion spirit was on full display during the March 24 episode of the Jennifer Hudson Show as nearly 80 CDU students, faculty, and staff joined the live studio audience of the nationally syndicated talk show. The series is hosted by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner Jennifer Hudson and features celebrity interviews, topical stories, community heroes, viral sensations, and music.
Special celebrity guests for this episode were Tamar Braxton and The Isley Brothers. CDU’s participation in the show consisted of a special shoutout from Ms. Hudson herself and a Q&A session with some of our future medical professionals.
At the start of her show, Hudson spotlighted a mug sent to her by CDU’s Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON) Dean, Dr. Gail Washington, that read “Together Everyone Achieves More” on one side and “CDU Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing” on the other. The host makes a point at the start of every episode to take a sip from one of her many mugs, each one reading a special message to help inspire her day.
Following the introduction of the mug, Hudson invited all CDU members to stand and be recognized. She allowed for both Dr. Washington and College of Medicine Dean Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith to introduce the University to all viewers while sharing general information about our colleges.
CDU students Naomie Millien, Princelawrenz Hamlin, and Chastity Wilson had the opportunity to answer some of Hudson’s top medical questions during the live taping. The hard hitting questions got to the bottom of life-or-death questions about why belly buttons are innies or outies, how to get rid of hiccups, and the cause for ice cream headaches.
“I was especially pleased with two things that were on full display at the taping,” shared John Patton, Jr. Esq., General Counsel, CDU. “First, our cultural richness, typified by our exuberant dancing and singing. Secondly, I admired our young people’s demonstrated capability to fill major roles as future — perhaps even present — medical thought leaders and change advocates in the move for social justice and health equity for all.”
CDU representatives brought lots of visible school pride to the show’s audience through wearing a range of CDU branded items like white coats, t-shirts, lapel pins, and more. The visit provided an opportunity to share the Mighty Lion spirit with Ms. Hudson and her show’s following. The show even posted a special story about CDU’s visit on their website.