Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Curious Career of Taraji P. Henson

I've been a fan on Taraji P. Henson since she came on the scene in "Baby Boy." I always thought her career should be much bigger, and i'm sure it would be if her skin wasn't brown. It's so sad that talented Black actors and actresses don't get the same burn in Hollywood as their Caucasian counterparts. I guess that's just the way of the world.

From the gullable girl in love in "Baby Boy," to the hooker with a heart in "Hustle and Flow," around to a detective on the Lifetime show "The Division," to Don Cheadle's crazy girlfriend in "Talk to Me," or the lesbian hit woman in "Smoking Aces," Taraji always puts in work. I'm a fan. I'm sure she could play any role she wanted, but it's all about the offers.

Well, Ms. Henson got her chance when she was given the role in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." My husband and I went to a sneak preview of the movie and my girl was awesome. She held her own against, and in my case outshined, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and anyone else who was in that movie. She's a scene stealer, always has been.

I feel like someone I know was nominated. She seems like a really humble, down to earth sister. I just wanted to give her a shout out. I'm proud of her. It's great to see someone get what they deserve. I hope she'll finally begin to get the roles as well.

I also have to shout out Viola Davis who was nominated in the same category for her role in the movie "Doubt." Girlfriend had to do her thing opposite Meryl Streep.

Here's to all the Black actresses that sacrifice so much for their art, even though they don't always get the roles or recognition they deserve. Go sistas!


The Fitness Diva said...

I'll have to check out the movie. Really had no interest in seeing it until now! ;)

Keith said...

I had no interest in seeing the movie either until now. I didn't know that she was in it until I heard that she was up for an academy award. I'm so happy for her. She was like our hidden secret. (Just like Halle Berry) and now she has a chance for Mainstream fame. I've loved her since "Baby Boy"

Monk Inyang said...

I absolutely love Taraji too. I've been planning on seeing this film to see her performance as well. We black actors don't get enough shots in roles you know we would crush (see Idris Elba, when I meet him I'm gonna tell him that too lol) so when you see someone take advantage of their chance, its always a good look. Plus she's gorgeous so you can't go wrong with that woman.

Stacye said...

Like the others I didn't know she was in the I must go see it. Thanks Sis!

Strongblkwmn said...

I hope you all went to see the movie. Wasn't she good?