From tough baby’s mother Yvette in Baby Boy to maths whizz Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson is box office gold.
In a recent interview with Rhapsody magazine the 47-year-old admitted that she isn’t afraid to publicly voice her opinions.
The actress discussed the issue of labels in Hollywood in the October edition.
Henson says critics were surprised that ‘black movie’ Hidden Figures could do well among vast audiences.
The Empire actress explained the need for new conversations and representation for people of color on and off screen.
‘We need to change the narrative,’ Henson said. ‘Can we stop saying “black” and “white”? We get caught up on labels.’
‘Whatever happened to good material? I don’t go to the theater and say, “Hmm, do I feel like seeing a white movie this weekend?””
Taraji starred as NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson in the 2016 film alongside Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.
The film grossed more than $230.5 million worldwide and earned three Academy Award nominations.
Taraji was born to a department store manager and a janitor in Washington, D.C..
She has gone on to win a Golden Globe starring as ex-con Cookie Lyon on the hit show Empire.
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