“This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my career,” Taraji P. Henson is Uptowns Magazines new cover girl. In the interview following her Fox Network’s new record-breaking series, Empire she discusses a several topics; being pissed at the show for dissing Obama, black actresses on television, and why she decided to send her son to an HBCU.

Her son attending an HBCU:

[quote_box_center]“My child has been racially profiled. He was in Glendale, California and did exactly everything the cops told him to do, including letting them illegally search his car. It was bogus because they didn’t give him the ticket for what he was pulled over for. Then he’s at University of Southern California, the school that I was going to transfer him to, when police stopped him for having his hands in his pockets. So guess where he’s going? Howard University. I’m not paying $50K so I can’t sleep at night wondering is this the night my son is getting racially profiled on campus.”[/quote_box_center]

Dissing Obama:

[quote_box_center]Everybody don’t like Barack Obama,” she says, referencing the second episode of the season where her on-screen son, Hakeem (Gray) slams the POTUS, calling him a sellout. “People are out there saying that. That’s what art is supposed to do: expose this shit. You know, we’re dealing with subject matter that’s not really dealt with. Art is supposed to challenge, start a conversation, so let’s lift the carpet up and deal with this dirt. It’s not like we bashed Barack Obama and the show went off. No, Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) jumped in his [son’s] ass. That’s real life stuff. So I’m glad you’re mad. Do something about it. Go in the hood and talk to the kids so they don’t do dumb stuff like that.”[/quote_box_center]

Read Full interview with Uptown Magazine 


  1. I completely understand. My son is 16 and has a light complection with red curly hair so they don’t know what to make of him. Oh I guess they forgot we all bleed red. I commend you for making sure he is surrounded by positive energy. It’s harder as a single black mom in todays society raising a young black man. Stay strong he will follow what you deliver in life . U go girl

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