Taraji P. Henson Covers ‘Uptown’

Taraji P. Henson Uptown Cover

Taraji P. Henson gives fierceness and attitide every Wednesday with her role as Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire, and the star is giving the same as she covers the February issue of Uptown magazine.

The 44-year-old actress looks stunning on the cover with large, flowing curls in her hair and natural makeup to compliment her beauty.

Within the issue, Henson discusses her role on Empire, the trajectory of her career and what’s up next for her.

Read some of the highlights, see photos below and head over to Uptown magazine for the full interview!

Her role as Cookie Lyon:

“I played a lot of characters that could’ve been borderline stereotypical women, but my job as an actress is to make the audience understand and empathize with the people. Cookie is a lot. She wears me out but I know this woman. I’ve done my research inside and out. I took Cookie from Lee and made her my own.”

Black Actors Making Waves on the Small Screen:

“It feels good that there’s not just one black person. I don’t like that we get fixated on one or two at a time, or three at a time. If you look at Caucasian Hollywood, every year there’s a handful of new faces you’ve never seen before, then after that, they got five movies coming out and they’re introducing you to more talent. So I’m just so happy to see what’s happening on television right now. We have options and that’s how it should be.”

Empire Confronting “Black Issues”:

“That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this s–t. You know, we’re dealing with subject matter that’s not really dealt with…so let’s lift the carpet up and deal with this dirt. It’s not like we bashed Barack Obama and the show went off. No, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) jumped in his [son’s] a–. That’s real life stuff. So I’m glad you’re mad.”

Her Career:

“This journey is not over,” she says with a bit of defiance in her voice. Empire was officially picked up for a second season and the future is sparkling bright for the rising star. “I’ve come a long way from ‘Aye, that’s that girl from Baby Boy’ to now people know how to pronounce my name. But I’m just scratching the surface. For whatever reason, God gave me this life, and I’m not gon’ f–k it up.”

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(Photo Credit: Uptown Magazine)