Written By. Chalise Macklin
Taraji P. Henson is one of the most recognizable faces on the small screen, but it did not happen overnight. Her journey from Washington D.C. to becoming a star in Tinseltown was anything but easy. She shares a detailed account about her life when the cameras stop rolling and the red carpet moments are over in her new book, Around the Way Girl: A Memoir. The title is befitting for the straight forward, fun-loving actress that embodies the girl next door appeal.
Over the weekend, she announced the memoir and revealed its cover on Instagram. In the memoir, Henson recalls some of her most memorable roles as Queenie (The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons), Yvette (Baby Boy), and the screen stealing Cookie from Empire. She also opens up about her family in the memoir – Henson goes into details about being a single mom, and gives insight into her life with her parents. She also talks about her journey as a student at Howard University. Henson dealt with classism during college, she endured judgement, and maneuvered through the obstacles she faced as a black actress.
“I’m just a girl who went to Hollywood with my son, $700, and a dream,” said Henson in a statement on book company’s, Simon and Schuster’s, website.
The rags to riches story will likely capture the reader’s attention. Taraji indicated on Simon and Schuster’s website her goal is to make people laugh, cry and even be inspired after reading her memoir. You can preorder your copy today. It will be released October 11th.