Taraji P. Henson is an actress and singer from the United States. She studied acting at Howard University and began her career in Hollywood as a guest star on a number of television shows before starring in Baby Boy (2001). She garnered Academy Award, SAG Award, and Critics Choice Award nods for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and a single mother of a deformed child in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). She co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid and starred in the action comedy Date Night in 2010.
Henson has also had a long and successful career in television, with shows including The Division, Boston Legal, and Eli Stone among his credits. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her role in the Lifetime Television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story in 2011.  She co-starred in the CBS program Person of Interest as Detective Jocelyn Carter from 2011 to 2013, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. She appeared in the ensemble films Think Like a Man (2012) and Think Like a Man 2 (2014). She made history as the first African-American woman to win a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Cookie Lyon in the Fox drama series Empire. She was also nominated for Emmy Awards in 2015 and 2016 and won a Golden Globe Award.
Henson was named one of the 100 most important persons in the world by Time magazine in 2016. Around the Way Girl, her autobiography, was a New York Times best seller that year. In the same year, she earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for her portrayal as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures.
Bernic, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Lawrence Henson, a janitor and metal fabricator, gave birth to Henson on September 11, 1970, in Southeast Washington, D.C.
Patsy Ballard, her maternal grandmother, who accompanied her to the Academy Awards the year she was nominated, has had a strong influence on her. Taraji (“hope”) and Penda (“love”) are Swahili names for her first and middle names, respectively (“love”).
Her matrilineal descent can be traced back to the Masa people of Cameroon, according to mitochondrial DNA study. Matthew Henson, a North Pole explorer, was “my great-great-brother,” grandfather’s she stated.
Henson received his high school diploma from Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland, in 1988.
She began her studies in electrical engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University before moving to Howard University to pursue theater.
She worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waiter on the Spirit of Washington, a dinner-cruise ship, to help pay for college.
Taraji P. Henson husband – is she married?
Henson married former NFL player Kelvin Hayden on May 13, 2018, but the couple split up on October 19, 2020, during an episode of The Breakfast Club. Henson is a devout Christian who views acting as a spiritual endeavor.
In 1994, Henson gave birth to her son Marcell. His father, Henson’s high-school sweetheart William LaMarr Johnson, was murdered in 2003.