Taraji Penda Henson at "Hidden Figures" Screening at NMAAHC- Wikimedia Commons
CAIRO – 11 September 2017: “Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It's free.”- Taraji P. Henson.
Henson is an American actress and singer. She was born on September 11, 1970. She made her debut in television in 1997, on a show called “Smart Guy.” Her first television works were “ER” (1998), “Sister, Sister” (1999), “Division” (2002-2004), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2006) and “Boston Legal” (2007-2008). Her first television film was “Murder She Wrote: The Last Free Man” (2001).
Her breakthrough came in 2001 when she landed a role in the comedy drama film “Baby Boy,” which won her the Best Actress award and the Best Supporting Actress award at the BET awards.
Henson was nominated for an Oscar in 2008, but did not take the prize home.
● Henson’s nickname in college was Cookie.
● She was the class clown at Ballou High School.
● When she started out as an actress, her signature look was a flower in her hair.
● She got a scholarship to Howard University from actresses Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad.
Another quote for the road from Henson:
“Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around.”