Taraji P. Henson, who currently stars as “Cookie Lyon” on the Fox hit show “Empire”, took to Instagram to share the news of her memoir’s release date.
The actress revealed the images of the book’s front and back covers in the same post.
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According to Taraji’s IMDb page, she attended Howard University. To pay for school, she worked two jobs: in the morning, as a secretary at the Pentagon; at night, as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship. When she was in her junior year of college, Taraji found out she was pregnant. Not only was she determined to keep her baby, but Taraji refused to miss a beat when it came to her performance schedule. She graduated from Howard in 1995 with a degree in theater.
Taraji told fans, “I love to play all kinds of characters, and I was trained to do exactly that. But whether it’s Cookie from Empire, Queenie from The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Yvette from Baby Boy, or rocket scientist Katherine Johnson from Hidden Figures, they’re characters. As for the real me, I’m just a girl who went to Hollywood with my son, $700, and a dream.
“There were some detours along the way, some heartache, and a whole lot of hustle. My family, friends, and fans always keep it real with me. Know that I’m going to keep it real with you. Check out my story. I hope you laugh with me and cry with me and maybe get a little bit inspired.”
The publisher shared that the memoir will include stories about Henson’s father, a Vietnam veteran, and her mother, who survived violence at home and on the streets. Henson will also comment on her education at Howard University, how she views single motherhood as a gift rather than a burden, and the struggles that come along with being a black actress.