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Goodbye and Good Riddance to “Person of Interest”

CBS finally did it; they finally put Person of Interest out of our misery. Season 5 for this formerly great show will limp onto the schedule May 3rd at 10pm, retaking it’s time slot from Limitless. They will then show 2 episodes a week on Monday at 10 and again on Tuesday at 10. Only 13 episodes were ordered for the final season of this clunker.

I should be sad about this since I was so into this fandom in seasons 1-3, but I’m not.  In a perverse kind of way, POI deserves some credit for this site. fangirlu was so pissed off by the racism experienced by POC fans in this fandom she decided to create this safe space for fans of WOC.

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Taraji P Henson to star in film about women who helped win the space race

If you ever watched the movie Apollo 13, and I have many times, you would think that back then NASA was all nerdy white guys in skinny black ties. Turns out that’s not quite the case, there was a trio of brilliant Black women mathematicians in the back room performing critical calculations in the age before computers. Their mad math skills influenced every major space program from Mercury through the Shuttle.

The women were Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson and now we get a movie about them. based on the book Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. The movie, titled Hidden Figures, will star none other than Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson.

Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson is seen after President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls

You can read more about Katerine Johnson on the NASA site.  I did want to share this little tidbit though:

John Glenn requested that she personally recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers before his flight aboard Friendship 7 – the mission on which he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Isn’t that the coolest thing?

Hidden Figures is stated for release Jan. 13, 2017 to coincide with Dr. Martin Luther King day.

“We don’t need to ask for acceptance from anyone” – Taraji P Henson

The NAACP Image Awards were given out Friday night and speech of the night award goes to Taraji P Henson who indirectly addressed the ongoing controversy over the lack of diversity in Hollywood:

Drop the mic girl!

Here is the complete list Image Award winners:

Outstanding Comedy Series: “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross – “black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Drama Series: “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” (FOX)

Outstanding Motion Picture: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan – “Creed” (Warner Bros. Pictures/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan – “The Perfect Guy” (Screen Gems)

Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan

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Congratulations to Taraji P Henson for her Golden Globe win! (And don’t rush her!)

Everyone’s best girlfriend Taraji P Henson finally got her award at the Golden Globes. Taraji took home Best Actress in a Drama for her diva performance as Cookie Lyon. To celebrate she passed out cookies on her way to the stage.

Taraji defeated the Emmy winner, Viola Davis along with Caitriona Balfe (Outlander), Eva Green (Penny Dreadful) and Robin Wright (House of Cards) to take home the statue from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

The Golden Globes were running a bit long so the producers were trying to coax everyone into rushing through their acceptance speeches, but you don’t rush a woman who has been waiting 20 years. Taraji’s inner Cookie made an appearance:

“Please wrap? Wait a minute. I’ve waited 20 years for this.You’re gonna wait. You’re gonna give me a little more time.”

Taraji is only the third black woman to win this award.

Congratulations Taraji!

Taraji P Henson Named Entertainer of the Year by USA Today

You know you have made it when even the mainstream press is drooling all over you, and Taraji P Henson has made it. In addition to her numerous award nominations for her portrayal of Cookie Lyon on Empire, you can now add Entertainer of the Year honors for national newspaper USA Today.

Let us hope that this recognition helps to lift other WOC! And Taraji hopes so too:

“I’m trying to capitalize on the success and get more business,” she says. “I’m looking to create more opportunities for other young artists coming up behind me, because I can’t do this forever.”

She laughs. “I want to at least enjoy all this money I’m making at some point!”

We hope she gets to enjoy her hard earned cash too!

If you have the Flash plugin installed you can watch the video here or you can go to the link above to watch it.

Taraji P Henson on the cover of THR’s Beauty Issue

A black, middle aged woman who was fired from one job for a younger, beiger actresthr_issue_38_beauty_covers just a couple of years ago is now gracing the cover the The Hollywood Reporter’s Beauty Issue.

Since being let go from Person of Interest, which is now floundering in the ratings and on the verge of being cancelled, Taraji went on to take the world by storm as Cookie Lyon on Empire. Since the premiere of the biggest non-football show on TV, Taraji has been the Queen of all Media. It’s hard to name a magazine whose pages she hasn’t graced this past year, and this week she adds a new cover to her packed resume. The Hollywood Reporter has made her their new cover girl (splitting the duties with Reese Witherspoon) along with her highly talented makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff.

Check out the video for the photo shoot below or you can watch it here. Your browser will need to have Adobe Flashplayer enabled.

Yet another honor for Taraji P Henson

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Taraji P Henson arrives at the Accessories Council awards Nov 2, 2015. This is what success looks like!

One has to wonder just how big the Taraji Bandwagon has to be to hold all the people who have jumping on since the premiere of Empire. The right answer appears to be “Pretty damn big” as yet another honor was announced this morning hot on the heels of her receiving the Influencer Award from the Accessories Council just last night, now she is to be honored along with Amy Schumer at the VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly party.

“Amy Schumer and Taraji P. Henson dominated the cultural conversation and helped define the biggest moments in pop culture throughout 2015,” Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1 and Logo Networks, said in a release.

You can read more about it in Entertainment Weekly. The show airs December 7 at 9pm on VH1.

I get insanely happy whenever I read about Taraji getting more recognition. I first became a fan of hers on Person of Interest and I furious when her character was killed off for the younger, beiger character. (Her character remains the only major character killed off the show despite the producers claims that anyone can die at any time. The white people are all still alive.) Since then POI has dropped in the ratings like a paralyzed falcon and Taraji has soared. Living well is truly the best revenge.

Best Commercial Ever

One of the best things to come out of the Emmys besides Best Supporting Actress wins by Regina King and Uzo Aduba, and an historic win by Viola Davis for Best Lead Actress in a Drama, was a commercial starring Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige.

In my household commercials are usually obstacles to be overcome and fast-forwarded through, but this Apple commercial was so good that I’ve watched it multiple times.  It reminds me of afternoons spent with my girls, drinking wine, eating pizza and happily cutting up.  It hit all the right notes, making me want to buy whatever Apple was selling.

I’m still not completely sure what it is, but thanks to Kerry, Taraji and Mary, I want one.

Empire Gets It’s Season 2 Premiere at Carnegie Hall

As the old joke goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice!”

Or you could just be the hottest show on TV and get your second season premiere in a standing room only event at the legendary venue.

The Empire phenomenon kept on keeping on with a star studded red carpet event. You can go here to see all the pictures, but you know we have to show you the Queen of TV, Taraji P Henson in her take on the little black dress:

TPH @ Empire S2 premiere

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