Biography ,works and achievement of taraji p.henson
Taraji Penda Henson born September 11, 1970 is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher ‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night , and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid .
Henson was born September 11, 1970 in Southeast Washington, D.C. , the daughter of Bernice ( née Gordon), a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop , and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator. She has two younger siblings, Shawn and April Her first and middle names are of Swahili origin: Taraji (“hope”) and Penda (“love”). According to a mitochondrial DNA analysis, her matrilineal lineage can be traced to the Masa people ofCameroon .She has said that North Pole explorer Matthew Henson was “the brother of my great-great-grandfather.” Henson graduated from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland , in 1988. She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she intended to study electrical engineering, before transferring to Howard University to study drama. To pay for college, she worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a dinner-cruise ship, the Spirit of Washington . Henson received her SAG membership card in the early 1990s for doing 3 roles as a background performer (extra). Her first prominent role was in the 2001 comedy-drama film Baby Boy , where she portrayed Yvette, alongside singer Tyrese Gibson . In 2005, Henson was in the independent film Hustle & Flow as Shug, the love interest of Terrence Howard , who portrayed the male lead DJay. As detailed below, she made her singing debut in the film, which was nominated for two Academy awards and won one. In 2008 she appeared with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , where she played Queenie, Benjamin’s mother, and for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Henson acted in two Tyler Perry films, The Family That Preys in 2008 and I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 2009. In 2010 she appeared in the remake of The Karate Kid with Jaden Smith . Though it did not receive a majority of positive reviews, the film was a commercial success. In 2011 Henson starred as Tiffany Rubin in the Lifetime Movie Network film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story . It was based on true events in the life of a New York woman whose son, Kobe, was abducted by his biological father to South Korea . Her portrayal of Rubin received positive reviews and earned her several award nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie . In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man , based on Steve Harvey’s 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man . She reprised the role in the film’s sequel, Think Like a Man Too , released in June 2014.
In 2016, Henson starred in the film Hidden Figures , a major box-office success nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars ( and two Golden Globes. It won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture . In January 2018, she starred in Sony Screen Gems ‘s thriller-drama film Proud Mary, as a hit woman whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had. In March she starred in the film Tyler Perry’s Acrimony as a faithful wife who, after tiring of standing by her husband, is enraged when she believes herself betrayed. In November, she voiced the character Yesss in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet, a sequel to the studio’s Wreck-It Ralph .
In February 2019, Henson starred in What Men Want (based on the 2000 Mel Gibson romantic comedy What Women Want ) as a female sports agent, looked down upon by male colleagues, who gains the power to hear men’s thoughts. In April 2019, she will star in the historical drama The Best of Enemies, portraying civil rights activist Ann Atwater. Henson was also slated to star in and produce an untitled film about Emmett Till , a 14-year-old black Chicago teen who was abducted, tortured, murdered, and dumped in a river by two white men while visiting rural Mississippi in 1955. Henson will play Till’s mother, Mamie , who chose an open-casket funeral for her son “so everyone can see what they did to my boy”. Henson was hired by Fox to star in Empire , a musical drama set in the hip hop recording industry,  where she plays Cookie Lyon opposite former Hustle & Flow costar Terrence Howard . Fox ordered the pilot in May 2014, and the series debuted on January 7, 2015 with positive critical reviews and wide commercial success. The role brought Henson widespread recognition and critical acclaim In July 2015, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series , and submitted the show’s pilot for Emmy voting. In January 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress Television Series Drama for Empire , becoming only the third African-American actress to take home the award after Gail Fisher (1972) and Regina Taylor (1992). At the 46th NAACP Image Awards she was named the 2015 Entertainer of the Year for her roles in Empire and No Good Deed.
Henson made her singing debut in the film Hustle & Flow , where she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.” The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 Mafia the distinction of becoming the first African-American hip hop act to win in that category. Henson and the group performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006. She also sang “In My Daughter’s Eyes” on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams Songs From the Stars . Henson collaborated with MAC Cosmetics to create the Taraji P. Henson makeup collection in late August 2016. The #MACTaraji collection debuted the following month
In 1994, Henson gave birth to her son Marcell. His father, Henson’s high-school sweetheart William LaMarr Johnson, was murdered in 2003. In 2014, Henson said that her son had been racially profiled by police and that his car had been illegally searched during a traffic stop in Glendale, California .