Taraji P. Henson got emotional on Friday discussing the history and stigma of mental health in the black community at Variety’s Power of Women NY presented by Lifetime.“The history of mental illness for black people in America stretches all the way back 400 years, 15 million people, and an ocean that holds the stories,” she continued. Later she spoke about her dad's struggles with mental illness after he returned home from the Vietnam war. Henson received the honor for her...
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.