Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has declared every February 8th as Taraji P. Henson day. The 48-year-old award-winning actress was presented with the special honor on Friday afternoon at the Office of the Mayor in Washington, D.C.
Mayor Muriel Bowser gave Taraji a proclamation to the City and officially recognizing the day in her honour for her contribution to the city.
“And then THIS HAPPENED!!!! I am just so honoured?? From an #aroundthewaygirl with dreams, I thank you @mayor_bowser and the entire city for riding with me for all of my life!!! ?? #GodIs ?????,” Taraji wrote on her Instagram.
She landed her first professional acting gig on Smart Guy. In 2001 she got her big break in the film Baby Boy.
Her performance led to the role of Shug in Hustle and Flow and in 2008 she earned an Oscar nomination for her part in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Henson went on to appear in such films as Think Like a Man (2012) and also starred in the television drama Person of Interest from 2011 to 2013.
In 2015 Henson took on the role of Cookie Lyon in the hit series Empire, earning a Golden Globe for the part. Her later films include the critically acclaimed Hidden Figures (2016) and What Men Want (2019).