In December 2020, Taraji revealed through her Facebook Watch series, Peace of Mind with Taraji that she thought of going for suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
As a director, Taraji made her feature film debut with Two-Faced. She also produced and acted in the movie.
Taraji had hosted the 2020 American Music Awards in November 2020.
She appeared as Ann Atwater, a civil rights activist in Durham, in the 2019 drama film, The Best of Enemies.
She considers acting a spiritual experience.
She once won a lasagna cook-off.
Taraji was once named as the class clown at Ballou High.
She had the nickname ‘Cookie’ in college.
She is good at cooking and Mary J. Blige is a fan of her chili dish, which Taraji says is her signature dish.
She has appeared in an ad for same-sex marriage by NOH8 Campaign in February 2015.
She supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and has appeared n*de in one of their ad campaigns in January 2011. With the organization, she has been a part of campaigns like I’d Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur and Be an Angel for Animals.
Taraji is a great-great cousin of North Pole explorer, Matthew Henson.
She has no siblings and is the only child of her parents.
While attending Howard University in Washington D.C., she used to work in the mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon so that she could pay for her college. This is not all. She even used to work in the evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a cruise ship called Spirit of Washington.
Her first and middle names “Taraji” and “Penda” have been taken from the Swahili language. They mean “hope” and “love” respectively.
First and middle names are Swahili for 'hope' and 'love', respectively.
Voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of 2001" by the readers of Black Men Magazine.
The father of her only son died unexpectedly in 1997.
First attended North Carolina Agric & Tech where she attempted to study Electrical Engineering. She failed Pre-Calculus so she transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs: in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon; in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship to pay for Howard. She graduated from Howard University in 1995.
Contrary to previously published accounts, Taraji is a relative, not a descendant, of North Pole explorer Matthew Henson.
Born and raised in Washington, DC and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland.