Taraji P. Henson is the trailblazer for this new emergence of African American actress leading primetime television dramas. Henson's breakout role is in John Singleton's Baby Boy from 2001. Since Baby Boy, Taraji P. Henson has had two brushes with the Academy Awards. In 2006, she graces the stage singing "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The song goes on to win the Oscar for best song. Despite this, Henson has not pursued a career in singing.
In 2009, she is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Support Actress for the playing Brad Pitt's mother in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Since her nomination, Henson has been a firehouse in Hollywood. She has starred in Blockbusters such as Think Like a Man, The Karate Kid and Date Night.
Recently, Taraji P. Henson has teamed up with Jergens to promote their shea butter lotion. Jergens and Henson are working closely with the Global Shea Alliance in Africa. This alliance insures that the 16 million women in Africa that harvest shea are able to enjoy economic empowerment and independence. Henson views the alliance as a way to give back instead of taking.
Taraji can be found every Tuesday night on CBS playing Detective Josslyn Carter on Person of Interest. Detective Carter is currently demoted to a beat cop after stopping a internal gang of crooked cops. Follow her story on Person of Interest and follow Taraji on twitter @TherealTaraji.