Taraji P. Henson is opening up her closet for a good cause.The "Empire" star celebrated the launch of The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, her nonprofit organization, on Saturday by inviting guests to purchase her personal dresses, shoes and purses in a special Los Angeles fundraising event. The foundation, named after Henson's late father, focuses on erasing the stigma surrounding mental health issues, particularly in the African American community.The cause is personal to Henson, whose son struggled with mental health after...
Taraji P. Henson’s already-rising career took off even higher with the recent breakout success of the Fox drama series “Empire,” for which she’s won both a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice award, as well as receiving multiple Emmy nominations for her work on the program.
Before “Empire,” Henson appeared on a number of other network shows, including “The Division,” “Eli Stone,” and “Boston Legal,” before landing a co-starring role on the CBS drama “Person of Interest.” She drew Oscar buzz on the big screen for “Hidden Figures,” which hit theaters on Christmas Day.
Her next big starring role comes in January 2018 with “Proud Mary,” an action movie in which she’ll play a hitwoman.
Henson got her start in television before making her way to feature films, with a breakthrough performance in John Singleton’s 2001 film, “Baby Boy.” In 2005 she starred in the critically acclaimed “Hustle & Flow,” before nabbing a Supporting Actress nomination for her performance in 2008’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” from director David Fincher. Other credits include “Date Night,” “The Karate Kid,” and “Think Like A Man” and its sequel. Time Magazine included her on their 2016 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, while her autobiography, “Around the Way Girl,” hit bookshelves this past October.