In April 2019, she will star in the historical drama The Best of Enemies, portraying civil rights activist Ann Atwater. , She announced to LiveKindly that, late in 2017, she had switched to a vegan diet to prevent stomach cancer. âI look up the terms and I still donât know what they mean, just like I didnât know what they meant when I was in high school.â. Hashish oil and marijuana were found inside the car. She also won a Golden Globe Award; and was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2015 and 2016. CHAPTER LOCATOR | MEMBERS ONLY.  Her portrayal of Rubin received positive reviews and earned her several award nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. A video obtained by the Los Angeles Times showed Marcell had driven through a lighted crosswalk while a pedestrian was crossing, given verbal consent to search his vehicle, and admitted to smoking marijuana two hours before driving.  She also sang "In My Daughter's Eyes" on the 2006 charity album Unexpected Dreams â Songs From the Stars. It was decided that the school would be named after Civil war hero General Oliver O. Howard, a white man, who was serving as the Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau. In 2016, Time named Henson one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Johnson was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Taraji Penda Henson (/tÉËrÉËdÊi/ tÉ-RAH-jee; born September 11, 1970) is an American actress. She is 98 years old. Finally, Jackson, played by Monae, was also a member of AKA and graduated from Hampton Institute, now University: ââ¦She was born in 1921, in Hampton, Virginia and graduated with highest honors from high school.Â She earned her Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mathematics and Physical Science at Hampton Institute and taught in Maryland before joining the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Fort Valley Opens Military Intelligence Science Lab With Robins Air Force... Virginia Union Launches First National Center for the Study of HBCUs, Saint Augustineâs University Launches First Graduate Program In Its 154-Year History. , In 2012, Henson was in the large ensemble cast film Think Like A Man, based on Steve Harvey's 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.  Forty minutes after the video was made public, Henson said in an Instagram message, "I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. The Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority Inc. and Basic Enhancements Inc. will honor the legacy of ... Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer (Special Photo) Facebook; The show seeks to prompt serious conversations about mental health and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Alpha Kappa Alpha Hidden Figures Janelle Monae John Glenn Katherine Johnson NASA space race Taraji P. Henson Arts and Culture Lifestyle … Her recurring characters include Angela Scott on ABC's Eli Stone.  She has often spoken of the influence of her maternal grandmother, Patsy Ballard, who accompanied her at the Academy Awards the year she was nominated. Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on Jan. 5, 1911 and is the 2nd oldest existing collegiate historically Black Greek Letter Fraternity and the 1st intercollegiate Fraternity incorporated as a … Earlier this year, we at WatchTheYard.com wrote a story on how the movie “Hidden Figures” starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer is based on three Black female mathematicians […] In 2011, she was cast in the CBS crime-suspense series Person of Interest.  To pay for college, she worked mornings as a secretary at The Pentagon and evenings as a singing-dancing waitress on a dinner-cruise ship, the Spirit of Washington.  In July 2015, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and submitted the show's pilot for Emmy voting.  At the 46th NAACP Image Awards she was named the 2015 Entertainer of the Year for her roles in Empire and No Good Deed. The Upcoming ‘Hidden Figures’ Movie Is Based On Three Members Of Alpha Kappa Alpha 128.2K SharesShare128.2KTweet1There has been a lot of buzz around the upcoming “Hidden Figures” movie starring Taraji P. Henson, … , In February 2014, several months after her last Person of Interest episode, Henson was hired by Fox to star in Empire, a musical drama set in the hip hop recording industry, where she plays Cookie Lyon opposite former Hustle & Flow costar Terrence Howard. It was based on true events in the life of a New York woman whose son, Kobe, was abducted by his biological father to South Korea. , Henson is a Christian and considers acting to be a spiritual experience. She also starred in an episode of Sister, Sister. In January 2016, she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress â Television Series Drama for Empire, becoming only the third African-American actress to take home the award after Gail Fisher (1972) and Regina Taylor (1992). The real-life hidden figures, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, are not only linked by their time at NASA, but also the fact all three women attended HBCUs. HOME.  In an interview with Lauren Viera of the Chicago Tribune, she noted that "Queenie is the embodiment of unconditional love. In February 2019, Henson starred in What Men Want (based on the 2000 Mel Gibson romantic comedy What Women Want) as a female sports agent, looked down upon by male colleagues, who gains the power to hear men's thoughts. âHidden Figuresâ Movie To Tell Story Of Three AKAs Who Helped NASA... N.C. 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Because the county Johnson lived in did not offer schooling for blacks past the 8th grade, her parents sent her to school in Kanahwha County, West Virginia where she graduated from high school at the age of 14. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Service to All Mankind Since 1908. It won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® is not responsible for the design or content of this website.  Named after her father, it deals with cultural mental illness. Tucker, Neely (October 6, 2011). Garvey discusses rapper Kanye West postponing his new album, heavyweight champion Mike Tyson making a comeback to the boxing industry, and actress Taraji P. Henson in talks with FOX to launch a spin-off of the television series, Empire. At one point she studied under W.W. Schiefflin Claytor, the third African American to receive a PhD in math and they added extra math courses to the department just so that Johnson could take more.  Her first and middle names are of Swahili origin: Taraji ("hope") and Penda ("love"). ", In February 2015, Henson posed in an ad for the NOH8 Campaign supporting the LGBT community. The movie is set around Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing NASA mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Neil Armstrong and the 1969 Apollo 11 spaceflight to the Moon, and her two colleagues, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson (played by Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae), who helped NASA catch up in the Space Race. Then thereâs Wilberforce University grad Vaughan, who joined the Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Wilberforce University in 1926: â…She was born on Sept. 20, 1910, in Kansas City, Mo., and obtained her Bachelor of Science in 1929 from Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio. Meade formerly was a Staff Writer for HBCU Buzz.  The role brought Henson widespread recognition and critical acclaim. Their collection debuted in February, 2017.. A mother's job is not easy, and neither is a police officer's. In 2016, Henson starred in the film Hidden Figures, a major box-office success nominated for numerous awards, including three Oscars (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer) and two Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actress for Spencer and Best Original Score). Black greekdom is currently mourning the passing of NASA trailblazer and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member Katherine Johnson. 48.4K SharesShare48.4KTweetYou might not know it, but the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. have some pretty strong connections to NASA and space travel.  Henson and the group performed the song at the live Oscar ceremony on March 5, 2006. In 2011, she starred in the Lifetime Television film Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story, which brought her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie. “Katherine Johnson, the main character in the movie who is played by Taraji P. Henson, was born on August 26th, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier County, West Virginia and is currently an active member of the Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Sean Garvey, the producer of On Point with Juandolyn Stokes, shares the latest news in the entertainment industry. Hampton Alum Marie R. Sylla-Dixon Appointed As Raytheon Technologies Chief Diversity... Shaw University Receives $525,000 Grant From Gilead Sciences. Hidden Figures will be released worldwide on Jan. 13. She received praise for her performances as a prostitute in Hustle & Flow (2005), for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture nomination; and as a single mother of a disabled child in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she received Academy Award, SAG Award and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. SUBSCRIBE NOW. The Delta Beta chapter was established at Syracuse University in 1951 and reintroduced in 2010.  Save 97%. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Vic Jagger continues to represent for her hometown and can be heard weekdays with the Russ Parr Morning Show from 6-10am and Middays 10a-3p for "VJ In The Midday". ", A supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Henson in January 2011 appeared nude in an ad for the I'd Rather Be Naked Than Wear Fur campaign.  In November 2016, she again collaborated with MAC as the spokesperson for their Viva Glam Campaign, along with Jussie Smollett, to benefit the MAC HIV/AIDS fund. The Pi Theta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosted a private debut screening. In January 2018, she starred in Sony Screen Gems's thriller-drama film Proud Mary, as a hit woman whose life is turned around when she meets a young boy who awakens the maternal instinct she never knew she had.  His father, Henson's high-school sweetheart William LaMarr Johnson, was murdered in 2003. , Henson has guest-starred on several television shows, including The WB's Smart Guy, the Fox series House in 2005, and CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2006. Taraji P. Henson is set to play the main role.  In the November 20, 2013 episode, "The Crossing," after co-starring for two and a half years, Henson's character, 'Joss' Carter was killed as part of the series's new storyline. All rights reserved. Dorothy worked in the Langley Research Centerâs Analysis and Computation Division, and also participated in Scout Project (Solid Controlled Orbital Utility Test system) tests at Wallops Flight Facility. , Henson made her singing debut in the film Hustle & Flow, where she provided the vocals for the Three 6 Mafia track "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp. In 2005 she starred in the rapper Common's music video "Testify" as the wife of a soon-to-be-convicted murderer, and appeared in Tyrese Gibson's music video "Stay" as his love interest. In an interview with USA Today the Howard University grad joked about playing a math whiz. Alpha Kappa Alpha first honored Katherine G. Johnson, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, at the sorority’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter at the Fort Valley State University in Georgia is embroiled in a sexual misconduct investigation after being … The #MACTaraji collection debuted the following month. Henson’s path to an acting career was not always clear-cut. In 2008 she appeared with Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where she played Queenie, Benjamin's mother, and for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Taraji P. Henson is an Academy Award-nominated actress, producer, and mental health advocate. A new movie comes out in 2017 called Hidden Figures, based on the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly (out Sept. 6). She starred in the ensemble films Think Like a Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. , In July 2020, it was reported that a spin-off Empire series focusing on Henson's character, Cookie Lyon, is in development, with Henson producing and starring.  Also that year, she was praised for her starring role as Katherine Johnson in the critically acclaimed drama film Hidden Figures, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The Ivy Centennial Foundation, in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Lambda Omega Chapter and Sisters in S.T.E.M. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega and Alpha Rho Chapters, will host “AKA Day at the Movies” with a special showing of Hidden Figures.The event will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Pines Mall Theaters. The Fraternity’s motto is “achievement in every field of human endeavor.” Contact: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. The deal includes developing projects for the network across multiple platforms. Golden Globe-winning actor, writer, and producer Taraji P. Henson brings mental health awareness to social media with her new talk show, Peace of Mind with Taraji, which airs new episodes on Facebook Watch on Mondays and Wednesdays. , Henson was also slated to star in and produce an untitled film about Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago teen who was abducted, tortured, murdered, and dumped in a river by two white men while visiting rural Mississippi in 1955. Howard University was founded in 1866 by missionaries as a training facility for black preachers. with Kelly and Michael, filling in for Kelly Ripa.  She has two younger siblings, Shawn and April. Head over to Watch The Yard to read more. SISTERLY RELATIONS. , In 2005, Henson was in the independent film Hustle & Flow as Shug, the love interest of Terrence Howard, who portrayed the male lead DJay. She reprised the role in the film's sequel, Think Like a Man Too, released in June 2014.. Brewer is a Spelman College graduate and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She will officially start her new role in October. As detailed below, she made her singing debut in the film, which was nominated for two Academy awards and won one. Of the three women, Johnson is the only one able to bask in the glory afforded by the film. , Henson received her SAG membership card in the early 1990s for doing three roles as a background performer (hola amigos). 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