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This week we will highlight Jordin Sparks, an American actress and singer. She was born in Phenix Arizona to Jodi Wiedmann Sparks who is of European descent and former professional football layer Philippi Sparks who is of African American descent. She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood New Jersey and at a young age won an award for best young artist of the Year in Arizona three years in a row.

She was the winner of American Idol at the young age of 17 and quickly rose to fame in 2007. She became the youngest winner in the series’ history. On her first music album, she sold over two million copies to people all around the world. Within this album are some of her most famous works, including “No Air” and “Tattoo”.  “No Air” featuring Chris Brown, is one of the highest-selling singles by any American Idol contestant and has sold over three million digital copies in the U.S. Within her career her songs have been a part of the Billboard Hot 100 and she has won several awards. Some of her awards include the NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, and two Teen Choice Awards.

In her early career and her beginning at American Idol at 16 Sparks auditioned twice for the sixth season of American Idol: once in Los Angeles but did not make it past the first round and again in Seattle after winning Arizona Idol which was a talent competition. On her second attempt, she earned a golden ticket and progressed throughout the season. She ended up winning the title of the winner of the sixth American Idol season in 2007 and since then she has returned to the show to continue to inspire others to follow their dreams and be ambitious. Jordin symbolizes the thematical elements of perseverance and how this perseverance can lead to achievements and successes.  Because she didn’t give up on herself she was able to become the person she is today. Jordin Sparks has been involved in lots of Philanthropy work over her career and continues to lead with her determined spirit and love of music every day.


By Anna Garrison Vice President of Project Race Teens

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