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TARAJI P. HENSON

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Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer and producer Taraji P. Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film “Hustle & Flow,” which earned her and her fellow cast members a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as winning her a BET Award for Best Actress. 

Henson’s work on EMPIRE has earned her three Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and three BET Awards. Prior to EMPIRE, Henson had recurring roles on “Person of Interest,” “Boston Legal” and “The Division.”

In 2017, Henson portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures.” Henson and her fellow cast members received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Other credits include “Acrimony,” “Proud Mary,” “Think Like A Man,” “Think Like A Man Too,” “Talk to Me,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “The Family that Preys,” “Hurricane Season,” “No Good Deed,” “Larry Crowne,” “Taken From Me” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Henson recently was heard alongside Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly and Gal Gadot in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2.” Earlier this year, Henson starred in “What Men Want,” from director Adam Shankman; and “The Best of Enemies,” opposite Sam Rockwell. She also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January of 2019.

In 2016, Henson released her New York Times best-selling book, “Around The Way Girl,” a memoir about her family and friends, her determination to make it to Hollywood and the importance of living your own truth.

In fall of 2018, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father.  The organization provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.

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Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, writer and producer Taraji P. Henson quickly rose to fame after her breakout performance in the critically acclaimed film “Hustle & Flow,” which earned her and her fellow cast members a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, as well as winning her a BET Award for Best Actress. 

Henson’s work on EMPIRE has earned her three Emmy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and three BET Awards. Prior to EMPIRE, Henson had recurring roles on “Person of Interest,” “Boston Legal” and “The Division.”

In 2017, Henson portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award-nominated film “Hidden Figures.” Henson and her fellow cast members received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Other credits include “Acrimony,” “Proud Mary,” “Think Like A Man,” “Think Like A Man Too,” “Talk to Me,” “Smokin’ Aces,” “The Family that Preys,” “Hurricane Season,” “No Good Deed,” “Larry Crowne,” “Taken From Me” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Henson recently was heard alongside Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly and Gal Gadot in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2.” Earlier this year, Henson starred in “What Men Want,” from director Adam Shankman; and “The Best of Enemies,” opposite Sam Rockwell. She also received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in January of 2019.

In 2016, Henson released her New York Times best-selling book, “Around The Way Girl,” a memoir about her family and friends, her determination to make it to Hollywood and the importance of living your own truth.

In fall of 2018, Henson launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honor of her late father.  The organization provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women.