This segment of the blog focus on black women whether local black woman doing great in her community or a celebrity that’s slaying in their field of choice.
The first female up for #BlackGirl Magic is……
Is Miss Cookie herself…aka Taraji P. Henson.
Taraji is an actress that has been around in the entertainment business for many of years. From her role as Yvette in the movie Baby Boy put her on the map to countless others, Taraji is a household name that everyone knows.
Taraji started her college degree at NC&AT for electrical engineering before transferring to Howard University to study theatre. To put herself through college at Howard, she worked two jobs and became pregnant her junior year of college.
Even pregnant, she did not let that stop her from reaching her goals. During her studies she told her teachers do not treat her any different since she was pregnant. “Don’t you bench me because I’m pregnant,” she insisted, and her teachers complied.
After graduating, she packed up her stuff with only $700 saved up and moved to LA to gain her big break in the movie industry. Two years after living and working in LA, she landed a reoccurring role on the television Smart Guy.
She is the epitome of when success comes it’s on God time it will be perfect and right on time. Seeing her on the big screen for many years and her work not be taken seriously or not win her nomination showed her patience and endurance. After waiting for years, her breakthrough role of playing Cookie Lyons on one of the hottest new shows called Empire gain much exposure not just from people watching her movies but the critics as well. In Jan 2016, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress –Television Series Drama.
Recently, she teamed up with MAC cosmetics and launched a whole campaign called MAC x Taraji that’s black girl friendly! (Check out the collection, it features an amazing highlighter and lipstick that we know you will love)
She’s our #blackgirlmagic because of her persistence and determination to do what she loved and we love her for it.