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If you haven’t been on the Taraji P. Henson bandwagon, now is a good time to start.
The acclaimed actress, and notable Redskins fan, claimed the biggest award of her career Saturday night from the NAACP at the 46th Image Awards, winning “Entertainer of the Year.”
Henson’s big year began with a lead role in the film “No Good Deed,” which also earned her an award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
But now, playing a mother on FOX’s new hit music industry drama “Empire,” she has catapulted her career on a show that has become a staple for many people on Wednesday nights.
“Empire” has even broken a ratings record that stood for more than 23 years as the only primetime scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991.
“I just want to say thank you. I’m very passionate about what I do. I take it very seriously,” said Henson, who received the award from Oprah Winfrey. “God gives us all gifts and for me, I didn’t get into this to win awards, although I’m very honored and blessed every time I’m nominated or get a chance to win one… What it represents to me is that all of the beautiful people and faces and lives that I get to touch through the gift that God gave me. And I take that very seriously…This means so much to me.”
As we noted earlier in January, Henson has a lot of history living in Washington, D.C. area, growing up as a Redskins fans with her father, who briefly held a job in the organization at one point in his career.
Her dominance on the screen should continue after “Empire” finishes its first season. Henson will star in two more films this year, “Term Life” and “Seasons of Love.”
It’s good to be Taraji P. Henson right now.
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