Taraji P. Henson Covers Uptown Magazine And Talks Empire Stereotypes
‘Empire’ leading lady Taraji P. Henson is steaming up the pages of Uptown Magazine’s latest issue and talkin’ that talk in the process. Uptown recently caught up with the oscar-award winning actress for a quick sit down and she dished on all things ‘Empire,” including some of the backlash the show has received for honing in on African-American stereotypes.
Check out some of what she had to say below.
via Uptown Magazine
On Black Actors Having to Take Turns in Hollywood:
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.
On “Empire” Being Stereotypical:
That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this sh*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.”
On Her Future Success:
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.
We’ll definitely be tuning in to see more Cookie tonight on ‘Empire!’