In The Latest Entertainment News Of Taraji P. Henson

Upon discovering that Taraji P. Henson dismissed her entire team due to perceived missed opportunities with her “Empire” character Cookie Lyon, 50 Cent expressed interest in collaborating with her. In a recent Instagram post featuring a screenshot of a Deadline article, the rapper conveyed his readiness to work with Henson, stating,

“They dropped the ball. F**k ’em, [Taraji P. Henson]. I’m ready to work. Let’s get it!”

Earlier this month, Henson addressed the issue of pay disparity in Hollywood, highlighting the challenges faced by Black actresses in terms of compensation. In an interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Golden Globe Award winner voiced her frustration regarding her production team’s failure to maximize the success of her character. She specifically criticized them for not having post-“Empire” plans in place, such as securing endorsements or commercial deals.

Henson clarified, stating, “Letting go of everyone after Cookie. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was a fashion icon. Where is my endorsement? They didn’t have anything arranged.”

She also brought up a suggested show centered around Cookie, expressing openness to the concept if executed well. However, the actress ultimately turned down the idea, citing dissatisfaction with its development.

It came after a recent emotional conversation with Gayle King on SiriusXM, during which Henson shared her fatigue from experiencing undervaluation and underpayment in the industry.

She stated, “I’m tired of working so hard, being gracious at what I do [and] getting paid a fraction of the cost. I’m tired of hearing my sisters say the same thing over and over. You get tired. I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ I have to. The math ain’t mathing.”

Henson continued, “We don’t do this alone. The fact that we’re up here, there’s a whole entire team behind us. They have to get paid. So when you hear someone saying, ‘Oh, such and such made $10 million,’ no, that didn’t make it to their account. Know that off the top, Uncle Sam is getting 50 percent, OK? So, do the math; now we have $5 million.”

 

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Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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