By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Taraji P. Henson looks sultry in the cover photos for Rhapsody Magazine’s October issue.
The 47-year-old who is best known for her bad ass role as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s megahit Empire, dishes on her zeal to make a difference in the American movie industry, especially for black women.
Henson talks about growing up, the success of her movie Hidden Figures and what it means to be a leading lady in 2017.
“Can we stop saying ‘black’ and ‘white’? We get caught up on labels. Whatever happened to the good material? I don’t go to the theater and say, ‘Hmm, do I feel like seeing a white movie this weekend?’” Taraji cautioned on changing the narrative.
On playing Cookie Lyon on Empire, she says “Cookie scared the life out of me. I was like, ‘Do we need this character on TV representing black women? How is this going to help us?. But fear is a sure sign I need to do the role. If it doesn’t scare me, I don’t do it – that’s too easy.”
On telling her story, she notes that: “I have to be particular about the roles I choose because I really do want to inspire. You know, I’m an around-the-way girl. I grew up in the hood. I’m just a regular girl who had dreams, and my story’s important.”
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