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Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in the films Baby Boy (2001), Hustle & Flow (2005), and Four Brothers (2005), and was a cast member on Lifetime Television’s The Division. Henson was born in Washington, DC, and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD. Henson’s first and middle names are of Swahili origin, meaning “hope” and “love”, respectively. She is a relative of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole Henson, who worked as a cruise ship entertainer and at the Pentagon before becoming an actress, holds a degree in theater arts from Howard University. Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow; she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”. The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 the distinction of becoming the first Black hip-hop act to win in the category. Henson performed the song at the Oscars on March 5, 2006 with the group. She’ll be making her television debut on Boston Legal as a full cast member mid-fourth season.

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  • Oh yes…she is very talented! I just wish she would give me a call.

    It bother’s me to see celebrities making a good salary and not on point with their look…KNOWING their in the public eye.

    Hollywood what’s wrong…What happen to the true glam! I truly understand that everyone has their own look and that’s wonderful. However, the stylist you hire should stay on point with your look head to toe EVERYTIME or seek another that has your best interest in mind at ALL times!

    leslie arnelle

  • wasn’t that her in Smokin’ Aces as well? The girl is bad… I like her and her style is Off the Wall…

  • Lorie

    Yeah – she was in Smokin Aces! She’s is definitely making her way up!

  • Shar

    The male actor in Common’s video – I think his name is Wood is SO FINE to me :) She is getting more quality roles lately!

  • sloane

    i’m not really feeling her, she brings to mind golden brooks.