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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 playing a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005) and a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008); for the latter, she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress; for the former, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination. 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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