Taraji Penda Henson is an American singer, actor, and author. Born on September 11, 1970, this 48-year-old started her career playing guest roles on several television shows after having studied acting at the Howard University. Her breakthrough came in 2001 when she acted in the coming-of-age hood film, ‘Baby Boy’. Over the course of her illustrious career, Henson has played several critically acclaimed roles. These include that of a sex worker in ‘Hustle & Flow’. The performance won her a Screen Actors Guild Award. She also gained several nominations, including one at the Oscars, for playing the single mother of a disabled child in the David Fincher movie, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.
Henson’s television performances too, have been laudable, including shows like ‘Boston Legal’, ‘Eli Stone’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘The Division’. She also became the first African-American to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role in the Fox show, ‘Empire’. Henson, during her career, has also won a Golden Globe Award. She was declared as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2016. In the very same year, Henson received high praise for playing the African-American NASA mathematician, Katherine Johnson, in the movie ‘Hidden Figures‘. For those unaware, Johnson’s calculations were critical for the first US manned spaceship to be successful. The same role also won her a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Henson was last seen in the American fantasy comedy movie, ‘What Men Want’, which released on February 8, 2019. The film is a loose remake of the 2000 movie, ‘What Women Want’. The plot of the film follows a woman who drinks a powerful potion from a shaman, giving her the ability to hear men’s thoughts. Henson played the role of Alison ‘Ali’ Davis, a sports agent who was boxed out by her male colleagues until her newfound power helped her move up in the male-dominated world. The film was a funny but sharp critique of the expectations and outdatedness of patriarchy. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Taraji P. Henson movie? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming films of Taraji P. Henson scheduled to release in 2019, 2020 and beyond. We can only hope that the latest new Taraji P. Henson movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
2. Empire (2015-2019)
‘Empire‘ is the drama series on Fox which won Henson a Critics Choice Award, as we mentioned. The show is currently on its fifth season, having aired the first season on January 7, 2015. Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, the series stars Taraji P. Henson and Terence Howard as the protagonists. The story centers around Empire Entertainment, a company dealing in hip hop music and entertainment. The drama unfolds among the various members of the founders’ family as they each try to one-up the other, in an attempt to gain control over the company. Season 5 first aired in 2018 and is still continuing. With the final two episodes on its way, we have to wait and watch if ‘Empire’ returns for a sixth season. One thing is for sure, Taraji as Cookie Lyon will continue to amaze us in this story where the hip hop mogul has to decide which of his warring sons will gain control over the company, all the while having to worry about his scheming ex-wife attempting to reclaim what is hers.
1. Coffee & Kareem (2020)
‘Coffee & Kareem’ is an upcoming comedy movie that revolves around a Detroit cop who has to form an unlikely alliance in order to clear his name. The movie stars Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson and is slated to air on Netflix. Helms appears in the role of the cop who reluctantly teams up with the 11-year-old son of his girlfriend. Together, they must work to clear the cop’s name while also working hard to take down the city’s most ruthless criminal. Henson appears in the role of the cop’s girlfriend and will be sure to bring her expertise to make the comedy a success. Michael Dowse is helming the movie with a screenplay from Shane McCarthy.
We fully expect the movie to be a laugh riot with a few appropriate moments of danger that must arise if someone attempts to take down evil and powerful individuals while also trying to save their own skins.
The Best of Enemies (2019)
‘The Best of Enemies’, a film by Robin Bissell, is based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson, titled, ‘The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South’. It released on April 5, 2019. Taraji P. Henson plays the role of Ann Atwater, who is a civil rights activist in Durham in North Carolina. She is entangled in a battle with C.P. Ellis or Claiborne Paul Ellis, a Ku Klux Klan leader, played by Sam Rockwell. However, the situation changes for both of them when the activist and the Exalted Cyclops of the KKK have to co-chair a community meeting for two weeks to deal with a court-ordered desegregation decree. This meeting is believed to be the cause of change in both their lives. Both Rockwell and Henson bring their passion to the screen, arguing the ideology of their respective characters and perhaps discovering that they share more common ground than they would like to admit.
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