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Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in the films Baby Boy (2001), Hustle & Flow (2005), and Four Brothers (2005), and was a cast member on Lifetime Television`s The Division. Henson was born in Washington, DC, and attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD. Henson`s first and middle names are of Swahili origin, meaning "hope" and "love", respectively. She is a relative of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole. Henson, who worked as a cruise ship entertainer and at the Pentagon before becoming an actress, holds a degree in theater arts from Howard University. Henson made her singing debut in Hustle & Flow; she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track "It`s Hard Out Here for a Pimp". The song won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2006, giving Three 6 the distinction of becoming the first Black hip-hop act to win in the category. Henson performed the song at the Oscars on March 5, 2006 with the group. She`ll become a full cast member on Boston Legal mid-fourth season.
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Taraji Penda Henson
Taraji Penda Henson (tə-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress, singer, and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in Baby Boy (2001). She received praise for her performances as a sex-worker in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. In 2010 she appeared in the action comedy Date Night, and co-starred in the remake of The Karate Kid.
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Howard University for a Degree in Theater Arts, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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==Taraji Penda Henson== (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and author. She studied acting at Howard University and began her Hollywood career in guest-roles on several television shows before making her breakthrough in [[Baby Boy]] (2001). She received praise for playing a prostitute in [[Hustle & Flow]] (2005) and a single mother in [[David Fincher]]'s [[The Curious Case of Benjamin Button]] (2008); for the latter, she received an [[Academy Award nomination]]. In 2010, she appeared in the comedy [[Date Night]] and co-starred in the remake of The [[Karate Kid]].
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