Taraji P. Henson
American actor and singer
Taraji P. Henson
Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer. She currently co-stars in the CBS series Person of Interest.
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'Hidden Figures' And The Diversity Conversation We Aren't Having
Huffington Post - 2 days
Of the nine films competing for the Best Picture award at this Sunday’s Oscars, three have predominantly black leading casts ― “Fences,” “Moonlight,” and “Hidden Figures.” But only one, “Hidden Figures,” has a white director ― a fact that was deemed largely irrelevant up until last month, when it emerged that the film may have engaged in some “whitewashing” of history.  Before we get into this, here are a few things to know about “Hidden Figures,” if you haven’t seen it yet. It is a genuinely wonderful movie. It tells the important, nearly forgotten story of the history-making contributions black female mathematicians and engineers made to the NASA space program. It features stellar, award-worthy performances from three of our great black actresses (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae). It’s inspiring countless young girls and people of color to take an interest in STEM.  And yes, it has a white savior scene.  The scene comes after mathematician Katherine Jo ...
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10 "Gilmore Girls" Moments That Will Totally Make You Cringe Now
Huffington Post - 3 days
For Glamour, by Christopher Rosa. The Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, debuted on Netflix in November 2016, and it was cute and fun and didn’t do much to satisfy fans’ appetite for clean character resolutions. The revival was written just like the original TV show was — for better and for worse. Better, because Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino stuffed the four 90-minute episodes with pop culture references and emotional moments galore — basically, the reasons why we love this show so much. But it wasn’t all great: They kept in the same type of culturally insensitive “jokes” that permeated the show during its seven-year run. Don’t know what we’re talking about? It’s understandable: You probably watched Gilmore Girls as a child or teen, and its problematic elements flew over your head. That, or you didn’t even notice them given the racist, homophobic, and fat-shaming TV landscape of the early 2000s. This was the norm, which is exactly why the humor ...
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'Hidden Figures' Director On 'Hidden Fences' Flub: 'It's Not That Funny'
Huffington Post - 8 days
Ted Melfi, director of “Hidden Figures,” has finally weighed in on the infamous “Hidden Fences” controversy.  At January’s Golden Globes, both Michael Keaton and red carpet host Jenna Bush referred to the film as “Hidden Fences,” mistakenly combining the title of Melfi’s movie, about black women’s contributions to NASA, with Denzel Washington’s “Fences.” The flubs launched hilarious memes on social media, but also criticism over Hollywood’s inability to differentiate between two films with predominantly black casts.  Melfi says his initial reaction to the mistake was to laugh.  “You laugh about it. You say, ‘Oh that’s funny.’ And then... it’s not that funny,” Melfi told The Huffington Post. SAY HIDDEN FENCES ONE MO' TIME! #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/cHZ1qj4ABd — HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) January 9, 2017 “You start to analyze it. Is it misspelled on the teleprompter? You think, well if that’s the case, it’s even ...
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7 Science-Backed Hacks For Nailing Your Next Job Interview
Huffington Post - 10 days
For Glamour, by Jennifer Breheny Wallace. You've prepared a killer resume, written out your talking points, and even planned the perfect outfit. But experts say the key to really nailing a job interview is getting yourself in the right frame of mind both before and during the meeting. Just ask Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. According to Whitbourne, the best candidates go into these interviews with "a performance mind-set—one that's not too nervous but not too relaxed." Want to make sure you hit that interview sweet spot so your best, most-confident self shines through? Consider these seven research-based tips: 1. Visualize a successful interview. From Oprah Winfrey to Olympian Michael Phelps, top performers know how to use the power of visualization—where you envision the process of hitting your goal successfully—to improve their performance. Psychologists say that visualization works well for interviews too. Close y ...
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NAACP Image Awards winners announced
CNN - 14 days
Taraji P. Henson took home two NAACP Image Awards on Saturday night. One was for her role in "Hidden Figures," which was named best movie.
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12 Baby Names Inspired By Black Stars Who Are Making History
Huffington Post - 15 days
In our previous salutes to Black History Month, we’ve looked back to activists, pop culture icons and other barrier breakers of the past. Today, we’re focusing on the present ― the history that’s being made right now with this year’s increased numbers of nominees and winners of various screen awards. Many more people of color made the lists this year than in years past, and these include not just actors, but also directors, producers, writers and musicians. Here are some of the more outstanding names for baby name inspiration. August August Wilson ― the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, born Frederick August Kittel, Jr. ― wrote both the play and screenplay for “Fences,” which won him a posthumous Oscar nom. August is by far the most popular month name for boys, now at number 195, and a celebrity favorite.  Ava Ava DuVernay has won several past awards and is the first black woman nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, for her film “13th.”  The na ...
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This Is Who Picked Out Michelle Obama's Flawless Versace Gown
Huffington Post - 23 days
The epic Versace gown-sized hole left by Michelle Obama at the White House still stings like a fresh wound. It makes the following revelation about said gown all the more incredible and devastating. In a new interview with W Magazine, Donatella Versace was asked who picked out the unforgettable, unexpectedly fabulous chain mail gown Obama wore to break both the internet and our hearts at her last state dinner.  “She did,” Versace replied. “She is a woman who knows what she wants. The speeches she made during Hillary’s campaign should be written down—they make up a philosophy of life. If she ever ran for president she would win. We are all in mourning about the American election; it preyed upon people’s phobias. But we should continue to go ahead as far as possible, with all the women in the world.” We’ll raise a rose gold glass to that, Donatella! The designer is one of W’s March cover stars, starring alongside Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Chastain, and Kate ...
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Taraji P. Henson says there's a reason 'Hidden Figures' was made now
LATimes - 27 days
2017 Awards season: 'Stranger Things' and 'Hidden Figures' take top SAG Awards prizes Jan. 29, 2017, 9:45 p.m. "Hidden Figures," "Stranger Things" and "Orange Is the New Black" took home the top ensemble prizes at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards. While the event was a celebration of actors...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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The Best Hair Tips You Can Steal From Celebrity Stylists
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Glamour, by Deanna Pai. It’s awards season again. And while La La Land was good and all (or so we’re guessing from those seven Golden Globe wins), we’re also here for the celebrity hairstyles. So far, this year has delivered. Forget the sleek, simple style of years past (or, you know, 2016). With two shows on the circuit now checked off, we’ve already seen a mixed bag of really cool looks. Example A: At the 2017 Golden Globes, Gal Gadot opted for a twisted ponytail, while Reese Witherspoon went with a modern chignon — which is wild, since she tends to play it safe on the red carpet. Example B: Blake Lively’s waves at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards (and, OK, really anywhere.) The brains behind all these looks? The stylists, of course, since it takes more than a pair of scissors to make hair red-carpet-worthy. That’s why this awards season we’re asking top celebrity hairstylists to tell us their go-to red-carpet tricks that don’t require a master’s in glam-squad-ography. ...
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What Bra To Wear With 6 Of Spring's Biggest Trends
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Glamour, by Megan Gustashaw. Any woman who’s had an outfit ruined by an annoying lack of undergarment options can confirm that when it comes to your bra collection, diversity is king. Especially right now, given the number of unique trends coming down the line for spring 2017 that require the right bra to pull them off. The good news: You probably have most of these bras sitting in your undie drawer right now. If not, we suggest doing a restock — they’re all super versatile and can found at every price point and cup size. Read on to see which ones pair best with six of our favorite spring 2017 trends. The Spring Trend: One-Shoulder Tops and Dresses We called this look one of Spring 2017’s most wearable trends for a reason; though it shows a bit of skin, practically any body type — and any bust size — can pull it off. Wear Underneath: Strapless Bras Most one-shoulder tops and dresses should do fine with a standard-issue strapless bra. Go for a no-frills seamless ...
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Taraji P. Henson Lands Leading Role As A Hit Woman In 'Proud Mary'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Coming off the major success of her hit drama “Hidden Figures,” Taraji P. Henson has landed her next big movie role, and it’s badass.  Henson has signed on to play a hit woman in an upcoming thriller called “Proud Mary.” Her character, a stone cold killer, will have her life upturned “when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had,” Variety reports.  The Oscar-nominated actress currently stars as mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in “Hidden Figures,” which debuted number one at the box office on January 6 ― beating out the “Star Wars” blockbuster “Rogue One.” Henson has won the TV game with the success of her show “Empire,” and now it looks like she’s gearing up to take over Hollywood in 2017.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Hidden Figures Movie Exposes A New Real Figure
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When I saw Hidden Figures, two thoughts entered my mind. I experienced gratitude, and I felt shock. To further explain, Hidden Figures is receiving many stellar as well as controversial reviews. From its Oscar talk to its soundtrack discussions, Hidden Figures is a movie that is stirring up major conversations in the entertainment and science worlds. And it is a film that I personally felt compelled to review. For I am a real life "hidden figure." I am a real female rocket scientist of color. While watching the film, I was simultaneously inspired and surprised by what I relived through its scenes. Hidden Figures Movie starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer Directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Theodore Melf and Allison Schroeder, the Hidden Figures film depicts the real life struggles of three genius women Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (played by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (played by Janelle Monáe), who ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Taraji P. Henson
  • 2016
    Age 41
    Henson collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to launch Taraji P. Henson make up collection in late August, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The #MACTaraji collection, with prices ranging from $17 to $42, was reported to be available online Sep. 6 and in select MAC stores on Sep. 8.
    In January 2016, Henson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for Empire becoming only the third African American actress to take home the award after Gail Fisher (1972) and Regina Taylor (1992).
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    In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world on the annual Time 100 list.
    More Details Hide Details In 2017 she is set to star in a 1960 NASA space drama called Hidden Figures based on the life of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson three African American women who were instrumental in getting John Glenn into space. Henson was born in southeast Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. Her first and middle names are of Swahili origin, "Taraji" meaning hope and "Penda" meaning love. According to a mitochondrial DNA analysis, her matrilineal lineage can be traced to the Masa people of Cameroon. She says that North Pole explorer Matthew Henson is "the brother of my great-great grandfather."
  • 2015
    Age 40
    In July 2015, Henson was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and she submitted show's Pilot for Emmy voting.
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    On March 16, 2015, she was a guest co-host on Live! with Kelly and Michael filling in for regular co-host Kelly Ripa.
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    In February 2015, Henson posed in an ad for the NOH8 Campaign, which supports the LGBT community.
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    As of 2015, she stars as Cookie Lyon on the Fox drama series Empire, for which she won a Critics' Choice Award and a Golden Globe Award, and nominated for an Emmy Award.
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  • 2014
    Age 39
    In February 2014, several months after her last episode of Person of Interest aired on CBS, Henson was hired by Fox to star in the new TV series pilot Empire, a musical drama set in the hip hop recording industry. Henson plays Cookie Lyon opposite former Hustle & Flow costar Terrence Howard. Fox ordered the pilot to series in May 2014 and the TV series debuted on January 7, 2015 with positive reviews from critics and wide commercial success.
    More Details Hide Details Her work as Cookie Lyon gave her widespread recognition and critical acclaim.
  • 2013
    Age 38
    In the Person of Interest November 20, 2013 episode "The Crossing", after co-starring for two and a half years, Henson's character Carter was killed as part of the series' new storyline direction.
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  • 2011
    Age 36
    In 2011, Henson was cast in the CBS crime-suspense series Person of Interest.
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    In 2011, she starred as Tiffany Rubin in the Lifetime Movie Network film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on true events of the life of a New York woman Tiffany Rubin, whose son Kobe was abducted by his biological father to South Korea. Determined to bring her son back home, she is helped by an organization for lost children which his headed by Mark Miller, portrayed by Terry O'Quinn, and with a plan they are able bring her son back home. Henson's portrayal as Tiffany Rubin received positive reviews which earned her several award nominations including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man, which was based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. Henson reprised her role in the film's sequel Think Like a Man Too, which was released in June 2014.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In 2010, she appeared in the remake of The Karate Kid alongside Jaden Smith.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a commercial success.
  • 2008
    Age 33
    Henson was in Tyler Perry films The Family That Preys in 2008 and I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 2009.
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    In 2008, she appeared opposite Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
    More Details Hide Details Henson plays the role of Queenie, Benjamin's mother, in a performance that led to an Academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She noted in an interview that, "Queenie is the embodiment of unconditional love."
  • 2006
    Age 31
    Henson performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006, with the group.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, she performed the song "In My Daughter's Eyes" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. Henson has made several appearances in music videos and television. For example, she starred in the rapper Common's music video "Testify" in 2005 as the wife of a soon to be convicted murderer. She also appeared in Tyrese Gibson's music video Stay as his love interest.
  • 2005
    Age 30
    In 2005, Henson was in the independent film Hustle & Flow as Shug, the love interest of Terrence Howard, who portrayed the male lead DJay.
    More Details Hide Details The film was nominated for two Academy awards, winning one.
  • 2001
    Age 26
    Henson's breakthrough role was in the 2001 comedy drama film Baby Boy which she portrayed Yvette, alongside singer Tyrese Gibson.
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  • 1994
    Age 19
    Taraji P.Henson became pregnant during her junior year of college, and gave birth in 1994 to her son, Marcell Johnson.
    More Details Hide Details His father, her high-school sweetheart William Lamar Johnson, was murdered in 2003. In 2014, Henson said her son had been racially profiled by police and that his car had been illegally searched during a traffic stop that October 18 in Glendale, California. A video obtained by the Los Angeles Times showed Henson had driven through a lighted crosswalk while a pedestrian was crossing, given verbal consent to search his vehicle, and admitted to smoking marijuana two hours before driving. Hashish oil and marijuana were found inside his car. Forty minutes after the video was made public, Henson said in an Instagram message, "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother's job is not easy and neither is a police officer's." A supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Henson in January 2011 appeared nude in an ad for the I'd Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.
  • 1988
    Age 13
    Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details She then attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she studied electrical engineering before transferring to Howard University to study drama. To pay for college, she worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a dinner-cruise ship, the Spirit of Washington.
  • 1970
    Age -5
    Born on September 11, 1970.
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