Hats off to Taraji P. Henson who keeps on breaking barriers and defying the odds. The ‘tough cookie’ actress sat down with Glamour magazine for their October issue where she discusses over coming relevantly recent adversities in her career. When taking the role as Cookie for Fox network hit Empire she details how she was bombarded with discrimination over accepting the role and specifically being told that black women don’t do well in the overseas market.

She goes into detail on the instance where it all clicked and she finally felt her moment of acceptance.

“[Last year] we went to Paris and screened the pilot for a thousand people,” she said. “Lee Daniels brought me onstage. The audience stood up on their feet and clapped. I cried because, for so long in Hollywood, I’ve been told that Black women don’t do well overseas, that they can’t open a film overseas. That moment for me was the best moment of my life.

“That’s better than any trophy, any award, any nomination. You know how they say music can heal the world? I feel that way about art in general.”

This is an example once again proving that perseverance is the best way to overcome any obstacle. Taraji’s sincere work ethic illustrates how to love yourself and your craft enough never to give up. The hard work will pay off and reward you in ways you can’t imagine.

This spread and interview comes just in time for the second season of Empire set to begin September 23. Who is ready?

Take a look at the bonus footage as well as the full interview with Glamour Magazine below.


Taraji P. Henson on Empire, Being a Single Mom, and the Art of Fearlessness

About The Author Myrtis Thweatt

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