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Taraji P. Henson net worth:
$18 Million

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Taraji P. Henson Net Worth, Biography, Wiki 2017-2016

Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, DC., USA, and is one of the most popular actresses on an international scale. She landed roles in the films ‘Hustle & Flow’ (2005), ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ (2008), ‘Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story’ (2011) among many others, so Taraji is considered to be one of the most successful actresses of her generation.

How rich is Taraji P. Henson? Taraji’s net worth has been estimated by authoritative sources  to be $20 million, as of early 2017. A huge part of Henson’s net worth comes from acting, however, she is also known as a singer which has added extra revenue to her bank account since her debut in the early ‘90s.

Taraji P. Henson Net Worth $18 Million

Henson matriculated from Oxon Hill High School, Maryland in 1988, then attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University studying electrical engineering, before transferring to Howard University and studying drama. Among other jobs taken to pay her way, she did variety shows on dinner-cruise ships, and worked as a secretary at The Pentagon.

Taraji P. Henson began her career as an actress with small roles on television, showing up in episodes of series including ‘Sister, Sister’ and ‘ER’ among others in the late ‘90s. She appeared in the main cast of the series’ ‘The Division’ from 2002 to 2004, created by Deborah Joy LeVine, and ‘Boston Legal’ in 2007 and 08, created by David E. Kelley. Taraji then landed the main role in the crime drama series ‘Person of Interest’ from 201 to 2013 created by Jonathan Nolan, and currently is playing in the new drama series ‘Empire’ created by Lee Daniels, due for release in 2017 wherein Henson also has the lead role.

In 2000, Taraji debuted on the big screen with a small role in the comedy film ‘The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle’ created by Des McAnuff. The first critics acclaim she received was a year later for her role of Yvette in the film ‘Baby Boy’, produced, written and directed by John Singleton, for which she was nominated for a Black Reel Award for Best Actress. Moreover, Henson’s role in the film ‘Hustle & Flow’ in 2005, directed by Craig Brewer, was even more successful as she was nominated for nine awards, three of which she won – BET, Black Reel, and Black Movie Awards, so Taraji was proving to be a successful actress with both critics and audiences.

During the decade Taraji was nominated for her roles in the films ‘Four Brothers’ directed by John Singleton, and ‘Talk To Me’ directed by Kasi Lemmons, after which, Henson landed the most successful role in her career which brought her thirteen award nominations among including for an Oscar, and three she won; the role of Queenie in the film ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ in 2008 directed by David Fincher was obviously very successful and further increased Taraji P. Henson’s popularity . Other films which have also brought her nominations and awards, critical acclaim and financial success were ‘I Can Do Bad All by Myself’, written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry and ‘Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story’ directed by Gary Harvey.

Taraji has now appeared in almost 40 films and over 20 TV titles.

In private life, Taraji P. Henson is a single mother, with a son born in 1994 from her high school relationship with Ray William Johnson.

 


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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Acrimony 2017 post-production
Hidden Figures 2016 completed Katherine Johnson
Empire 2015-2017 TV Series Cookie Lyon
The Simpsons 2017 TV Series Praline
Term Life 2016 Samantha Thurman
Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade 2016 TV Short Ethel (voice)
Person of Interest 2011-2015 TV Series Joss Carter
Seasons of Love 2014 TV Movie Jackie
No Good Deed 2014/I Terry
Top Five 2014 Taraji P. Henson
Think Like a Man Too 2014 Lauren
From the Rough 2013 Catana Starks
Madly Madagascar 2013 Video short Okapi (voice)
Living in the Age of Surveillance 2012 Video short Various
Think Like a Man 2012 Lauren
Larry Crowne 2011 B'Ella
The Good Doctor 2011/I Nurse Theresa
Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story 2011 TV Movie Tiffany Rubin
The Brotherly Love Table Read 2010 Video short
Peep World 2010 Mary
The Karate Kid 2010 Sherry Parker
The Cleveland Show 2010 TV Series Chanel
Once Fallen 2010 Pearl
Date Night 2010 Detective Arroyo
Forehead Tittaes 2010 Video short
Hurricane Season 2009 Dayna Collins
I Can Do Bad All by Myself 2009 April
Not Easily Broken 2009 Clarice Clark
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 Queenie
Eli Stone 2008 TV Series Angela Scott
The Family That Preys 2008 Pam
Boston Legal 2007-2008 TV Series Whitney Rome
Talk to Me 2007 Vernell Watson
Smokin' Aces 2006 Sharice Watters (as Taraji Henson)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 TV Series Christina
Something New 2006/I Nedra
House M.D. 2005 TV Series Moira
Half & Half 2005 TV Series Gabrielle
Animal 2005 Video Ramona
Four Brothers 2005 Camille Mercer
Hustle & Flow 2005 Shug
Hair Show 2004 Tiffany (as Taraji Henson)
All of Us 2004 TV Series Kim
The Division 2002-2004 TV Series Inspector Raina Washington
Holla 2002 TV Series Guest
Baby Boy 2001 Yvette
Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man 2001 TV Movie Bess Pinckney
All or Nothing 2001 Kiko
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle 2000 Left-Wing Student (as Taraji Henson)
Strong Medicine 2000 TV Series Crystal
Satan's School for Girls 2000 TV Movie Paige
Pacific Blue 1999 TV Series Rhonda
Felicity 1998-1999 TV Series Art Student / R.A. #2
Streetwise 1998 Tammy
Smart Guy 1997-1998 TV Series Leslie / Monique
Saved by the Bell: The New Class 1998 TV Series Girl #3
ER 1998 TV Series Elan / Patrice Robbins
Sister, Sister 1997 TV Series Briana
The Parent 'Hood 1997 TV Series Aida

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taraji's White Hot Holidays 2016 TV Movie producer
Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays 2015 TV Movie executive producer
Seasons of Love 2014 TV Movie executive producer
No Good Deed 2014/I executive producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Empire 2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The 78th Annual Academy Awards 2006 TV Special performer: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
Hustle & Flow 2005 performer: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smokin' Aces: The Big Gun 2007 Video short special thanks - as Taraji Henson

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors 2015-2017 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2014-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Author, Around the Way Girl / Herself - No Good Deed / ...
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Author, Around the Way Girl
The View 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 10th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2016 TV Movie Herself - Presenter
Live with Kelly and Michael 2013-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Guest Co-Host
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - No Good Deed
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Taraji's White Hot Holidays 2016 TV Movie Herself - Host
Today 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Steve Harvey 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood 2016 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself (segment "Jimpire")
Harry 2016 TV Series Herself
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Presenter
This Week in Hollywood 2016 TV Series Herself
TV Land Icon Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Herself
The 47th NAACP Image Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself - presenter
Celebration of Gospel 2016 TV Movie Herself - Host
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2016 TV Special Herself
73rd Golden Globe Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Presenter: TV Series-Comedy / Winner
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - After Party Guest
Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays 2015 TV Movie Herself
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2015 TV Series Herself
VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly 2015 TV Special Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2014-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2009-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special / Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lip Sync Battle 2015 TV Series Herself - Competitor
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter 2015 TV Series Herself
Guys Choice Awards 2015 2015 TV Movie Herself - Host
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
2015 Billboard Music Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Saturday Night Live 2015 TV Series Herself - Host / Nicki Minaj / Tamara Sanz / ...
IHeartRadio Music Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
Unsung Hollywood 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The Talk 2011-2015 TV Series Herself
The 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Wendy Williams Show 2011-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Pitbull's New Year's Revolution 2014 TV Movie Herself
Made in Hollywood 2011-2014 TV Series Herself
Reel Junkie 2014 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Queen Latifah Show 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 365Black Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Host
Backstage Baby 2013 Documentary short Herself
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself - Actor
Fashion News Live 2010-2013 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
I Love Black Movies 2013 TV Series Herself - interviewee
We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston 2012 TV Movie documentary Herself
Huff Post's BV 365 2012 TV Series Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2012 2012 TV Movie Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
BET Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Herself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Rachael Ray 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Mama & Me 2011 Documentary Herself
Black Girls Rock! 2011 2011 TV Movie Herself
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie & Performer
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain 2011 Documentary Taraji
BET Awards 2011 2011 TV Special Herself
Bowl of Dreams 2011 Documentary Herself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Chaka Khan 2011 TV Movie Herself
Chelsea Lately 2010-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
2010 Soul Train Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Host
The Mo'Nique Show 2009-2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Date Night: Disaster Dates 2010 Video short Herself
BET Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South 2010 TV Special Herself - Presenter
KTLA Morning News 2010 TV Series Herself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The BET Honors 2010 TV Special Herself
The 36th Annual People's Choice Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Shooting Star(s): The Rise of Hip Hop Photographer Johnny Nunez 2009 Documentary Herself
2009 Soul Train Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Host
BET Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Herself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
2009 MTV Movie Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Straight from the Horses Mouth 2009 Video Herself
The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button 2009 Video documentary Herself
Star Movies: Live from the Red Carpet 2009 TV Movie Herself
La noche de los Oscar 2009 TV Movie Herself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 40th NAACP Image Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 TV Special Herself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson 2008 TV Movie Herself
37th NAACP Image Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
The 3rd Annual Vibe Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
Young Hollywood Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
The Drop 2004 TV Series Herself
The Test 2001 TV Series Herself - Panelist

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Author, Around the Way Girl
Extra 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
Fox and Friends 2016 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2015 TV Series documentary Herself / Herself - Hostess, Live with Kelly & Michael

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Empire (2015)
2016 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Empire (2015)
2016 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) TV Performance of the Year - Actress Empire (2015)
2016 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2015 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2015 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress No Good Deed (2014)
2015 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture No Good Deed (2014)
2015 Entertainer of the Year Award Image Awards
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Person of Interest (2011)
2012 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance, Female Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2011 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress The Karate Kid (2010)
2010 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Supporting Actress - International Competition The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2009 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Not Easily Broken (2009)
2009 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 Austin Film Critics Award Austin Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2007 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Talk to Me (2007) · Cedric the Entertainer
· Don Cheadle
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Mike Epps
· Vondie Curtis-Hall
· Martin Sheen
2006 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Hustle & Flow (2005)
2006 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Hustle & Flow (2005)
2005 Black Movie Award Black Movie Awards Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Hustle & Flow (2005)
2001 Special Mention Locarno International Film Festival Baby Boy (2001) · John Singleton (director)
· Tyrese Gibson
· Omar Gooding
· Tamara LaSeon Bass
· Candy Ann Brown
· A.J. Johnson
· Ving Rhames
· Angell Conwell
· Kareem J. Grimes
· Tracey Cherelle Jones
· Kaylan Bolton

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2016 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Empire (2015)
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2015 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Series, Drama Empire (2015)
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Empire (2015)
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry Empire (2015) · Trai Byers
· Kaitlin Doubleday
· Grace Gealey
· Bryshere Y. Gray
· Terrence Howard
· Ta'Rhonda Jones
· Serayah
· Gabourey Sidibe
· Jussie Smollett
2015 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Empire (2015)
2015 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Empire (2015)
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Performer of the Year
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Lead Actress Empire (2015)
2013 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Person of Interest (2011)
2013 IGN Award IGN Summer Movie Awards Best TV Hero Person of Interest (2011)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Think Like a Man (2012)
2012 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Person of Interest (2011)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Person of Interest (2011)
2011 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2011 WIN Award Women's Image Network Awards Actress Made For TV Movie / Mini Series Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2011 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Lead Actress Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story (2011)
2010 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actress I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) · Mahershala Ali
· Cate Blanchett
· Jason Flemyng
· Jared Harris
· Elias Koteas
· Julia Ormond
· Brad Pitt
· Phyllis Somerville
· Tilda Swinton
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Boston Legal (2004) · Candice Bergen
· Saffron Burrows
· Christian Clemenson
· John Larroquette
· William Shatner
· James Spader
· Tara Summers
· Gary Anthony Williams
2009 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) · Brad Pitt
· Cate Blanchett
· Tilda Swinton
· Elias Koteas
· Julia Ormond
· Jason Flemyng
2009 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) · Mahershala Ali
· Cate Blanchett
· Jason Flemyng
· Jared Harris
· Elias Koteas
· Julia Ormond
· Brad Pitt
· Phyllis Somerville
· Tilda Swinton
2009 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2009 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Boston Legal (2004) · Rene Auberjonois
· Candice Bergen
· Julie Bowen
· Saffron Burrows
· Christian Clemenson
· John Larroquette
· William Shatner
· James Spader
· Tara Summers
· Mark Valley
· Gary Anthony Williams
· Constance Zimmer
2008 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) · Brad Pitt
· Cate Blanchett
· Tilda Swinton
· Julia Ormond
2008 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
2008 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Talk to Me (2007)
2007 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama Talk to Me (2007)
2007 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress Talk to Me (2007)
2006 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Hustle & Flow (2005) · Paul Beauregard (music and lyrics by)
· Jordan Houston (music and lyrics by)
· Cedric Coleman (music and lyrics by)
· Terrence Howard (performed by)
2006 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Hustle & Flow (2005) · Anthony Anderson
· Ludacris
· Isaac Hayes
· Terrence Howard
· Taryn Manning
· Elise Neal
· Paula Jai Parker
· DJ Qualls
2006 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Hustle & Flow (2005)
2006 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Hustle & Flow (2005)
2006 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Hustle & Flow (2005) · Terrence Howard
2005 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Hustle & Flow (2005)
2002 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Theatrical - Best Actress Baby Boy (2001)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

TitleSalary
Baby Boy (2001) $65,000
The Division (2001) $22,000 per episode
Satan's School for Girls (2000) $10,000
Sister, Sister (1994) $5,000 per episode

#Fact
1 Friends with Mary J. Blige.
2 Claimed in an interview with Uptown magazine that her son Marcel Johnson was racially profiled when his car was stopped by police in Glendale and that police searched his car illegally. However, the dashcam video of the incident revealed that Johnson drove through a lighted crosswalk as a person walked across and that he was in possession of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, which a police officer found after smelling marijuana smoke in the car and Johnson consented and allowed the officer to search his car. After the video surfaced, she apologized via Instagram for her statements. She was apparently misinformed about the incident by her son. [March 2015]
3 Living in Glendale, California with her son, Marcel. [2005]
4 She is an only child.
5 Her first and middle names are Swahili for "hope" and "love," respectively.
6 Contrary to previously published accounts, Taraji is a relative, not a descendant, of North Pole explorer Matthew Henson.
7 The father of her only son died unexpectedly in 1997.
8 Henson first attended North Carolina Agric & Tech, where she attempted to study electrical engineering. She failed precalculus, so she transferred to Howard University. To pay for Howard, she worked two jobs: in the morning, as a secretary at the Pentagon; at night, as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship. She graduated from Howard University in 1995.
9 She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
10 Has a son named Marcel (born in May 1994).
11 Voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of 2001" by the readers of Black Men Magazine.

#Quote
1 With TV, you get on a show and you're there for 11 years playing the same character. I would pull my hair out. Yes, the money is good. But I'm really not in this business to chase dollars.
2 I would love to do a biopic of a famous singer, like Diana Ross or Donna Summer, or an old jazz story that we haven't seen before. I would love to do that! I would love to play Diana Ross 'cause she's an icon. I'm salivating to do that.
3 I don't think a living being should suffer for the sake of fashion, period. End of story. You don't have to kill an animal just because you want to be hot and fly. And I really stand by that.
4 When I come home, it's about my kid, who needs to eat, needs to do homework, and needs to get to basketball. I don't have a lot of time to think about me.
5 With TV, the pace is so fast, the scripts are coming at you, the directors are firing things at you, it's breathtaking.
6 Something happens to a woman when she can't reproduce. I've not had to walk that path, but I can only imagine when your organs don't work and how that could make you feel.
7 Well, for one, I don't judge my characters.
8 Most men are fragile.
9 Oftentimes, when you have a huge studio film and you have big names attached, they like to keep attaching big names.
10 The best thing about being in New York is the people, and you get to walk everywhere.
11 Singing is something I can do, but it's not my first passion.
12 I'm not interested in disposable music.
13 I'm not a selfish actor. I believe that it's a team effort. You're not in a scene by yourself.
14 I've been doing a lot of drama, but I feel like comedy is my strength.
15 If I were to meet the most incredible man, and he just so happened to not make as much money as I do, I wouldn't hold it against him.
16 I'm always interested in challenging myself and pushing and seeing how far I can go.
17 I'm a character actor.
18 I love the art of acting, so I don't care if I'm in a movie with 10 people, two people, or by myself. I just really enjoy it.
19 I love New York. Love it.
20 I prefer doing feature films.
21 I'm always confident when I sign up for a project that it's going to be good. That's why I sign up for it.
22 I love children.
23 I just like when I work with people that are professional and good.
24 Acting for me is very therapeutic. It's my shrink.
25 I don't care if you're a man, if you're a player: If God sends you that one and your heart is in it, you'll work it out.
26 I like to be home with my son, kickin' it and watching ESPN, a very normal life. I like to take him to school every day, watch his games.
27 I'm really silly. That's the thing that people don't get.
28 I don't ever want to feel complacent.
29 I don't ever want to get boxed in, playing the same characters, over and over again. That's why I prefer features over television.
30 I like to disappear in my roles because I don't have an assistant.
31 A lot of times characters are combinations of people I come across in life. I people-watch a lot.
32 Date a woman with children only if you are ready to man up, because it's a position that comes with responsibility.
33 I'm a creative person, so I have to stay busy.
34 I'm nothing without God.
35 I feel like we all have our skeletons.
36 I would love to play a superhero. I wish I could be in 'The Avengers,' kicking butt.
37 A woman is gentle, soft, delicate, and a man's position is to protect her, help her up stairs, make sure she's in the car safely first. Take good care of your woman, and the sky's the limit!
38 It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.
39 I don't harp on the negative because if you do, then there's no progression. There's no forward movement. You got to always look on the bright side of things, and we are in control. Like, you have control over the choices you make.
40 When I meet a person and that chemistry is there, I cannot hide the electricity. I need to learn more about him, and once I feel safe, I'm gone, I'm in love, and I give it my all!
41 I'm always the cousin that can't make it to the family functions because I'm busy.
42 Love is the greatest gift that God has given us. It's free.
43 At the end of the day, I stand by who I am. I'm a good person.
44 Humans have a light side and a dark side, and it's up to us to choose which way we're going to live our lives. Even if you start out on the dark side, it doesn't mean you have to continue your journey that way. You always have time to turn it around.
45 Every human walks around with a certain kind of sadness. They may not wear it on their sleeves, but it's there if you look deep.
46 Once you're a mom, always a mom. It's like riding a bike, you never forget.


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