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The talented Taraji P. Henson turns 50 today (Sept. 11)!

Did you know the “Empire” star wasn’t always looking to be an actress? She originally attended the University of the District Columbia, as well as North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, to be an electrical engineer!

She also has an interesting ancestor– Matthew A. Henson, a famous explorer who helped discovered the North Pole!

Watch clips from some of our favorite Henson shows and films and view some great photos below!

EMPIRE COOKIE Clapbacks Season 5 | Taraji P. Henson FOX Series

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Taraji P. Henson Interview: What Men Want

We interview What Men Want star Taraji P. Henson about her role in the new rom-com. http://screenrant.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ScreenRant https://twitte...

Hidden Figures Movie CLIP - Give or Take (2016) - Taraji P. Henson Movie

Starring: Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Costner Hidden Figures Movie CLIP - Give or Take (2016) - Taraji P. Henson Movie Based on a true story. A team of Africa...

Hidden Figures Movie CLIP - Glasses (2017) - Taraji P. Henson Movie

Starring: Taraji P. Henson and Mahershala Ali Hidden Figures Movie CLIP - Glasses (2017) - Taraji P. Henson Movie A team of African-American women provide NA...

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Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected]!