Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson

American, Actress
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  • 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.
  • Has a son named Marcel.
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