This year’s American Black Film Festival was full of treats, and having +Taraji P Henson as the festival ambassador infected everyone with her fearless energy. During the “Conversation with Taraji P. Henson” lead by +Gayle King, Taraji spoke on her journey, combating fear, being a mother, her future plans in the industry and playing Cookie on Fox Network’s Empire.
Taraji made it on the acting scene in 1996, and despite all the nay-sayers, she was determined to fight against comments about her being too old and being a single mother. Her response:
“…Watch me work.”
Although, she meet plenty of obstacles along the way, Taraji was able to persevere and make a name for herself around the World.
“I get off on people saying no to me…”
The Push: Taraji took the leap of faith in college, but only after taking heed to the words of her father. She started college majoring in electrical engineering at North Carolina A&T only to flunk out soon after. Her push came from her father when he told that he was glad she failed. Taraji’s dad told her, “You needed to fall on your face because that not what you are supposed to be doing…” Shortly after, she took her father’s advice and enrolled in the acting program at Howard University.
I will be uploading the rest of the videos from the American Festival on Youtube. You can check out the series here.