In 2015, Henson took on the role of Cookie Lyon in the hit series Empire, earning a Golden Globe for the part. She has around 11.5 million followers on Instagram and has more than 5.25 million followers on Twitter.

According to a mitochondrial DNA analysis, her matrilineal lineage can be traced to the Masa people of Cameroon.

Henson has said that North Pole explorer Mathew Henson is “the brother of my great-great-grandfather”Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988.

For about 50 minutes, this version isn't in any way exceptional, and has nothing special going for it - in fact, at times, it is rather silly.

Then we get to a high noon duel in the streets of Paris - and you have to pause, and ask yourself - did I accidentally change channels and ran into a Sergeo Leone film?

Her performance led to the role of Shug in Hustle and Flow and in 2008 she earned Oscar nomination for her part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

She also starred in the Television drama Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.

She has often spoken of the influence of her maternal grandmother, Patsy Ballard, who was her Academy Awards the year she was nominated.

Her first and middle names are of Swahili origin, with “Taraji” meaning hope and “Penda” meaning Love.

She studied acting at Howard University and began her holy career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2011).

She had played in many television shows and also played many films.

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