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Celebrity Fan News: Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Empire’ Debuts Tonight

Posted by Jake Kring-Schreifels on January 7, 2015 – 2:49 pm

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A new show on FOX premieres tonight called “Empire.”

It’s worth noting considering Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, a longtime Redskins supporter, turns in a potentially career-defining role.

She plays a wicked stepmother type that infiltrates the record label of her kids and former husband, played by Terrence Howard. The show has gained considerable buzz.

Known mostly for playing a cop on “Person of Interest,” Henson, as the New York Post describes, gets to play “the kind of meaty role many actresses would kill for.”

Henson grew up in southeast Washington, D.C., eventually graduating from Oxon Hill High School in Price George’s County, Md.

Her mother worked in a now defunct department store chain Woodward & Lothrop and her father was a maintenance man at Bolling Air Force Base.

It was when he took a job as janitor for the Redskins that she really became a fan.

To pay off her student loans, she even worked at the Pentagon in the mornings. At night she sang and danced as a  waitress on “The Spirit of Washington” cruise ship.

Eventually she moved to Hollywood to follow her acting dream.

We’re glad she’s held onto her roots.

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