TARAJI P HENSON Covers ALLURE, TYRESE & JENNIFER HUDSON Star in DENZEL-WASHINGTON’s “Shame”, GREG KINNEAR, ELISE NEAL & JHUD Sign on for “Confirmation” With KERRY WASHINGTON
With creative director Paul Cavaco, makeup artist Hung Vanngo, and hairstylist Garren during her cover shoot serving as he glam squad, Allure’s July 2015 issue will be covered by non other than Taraji P. Henson-channeling her inner Diana Ross and the whole big hair/ big earring era.
Watch as cameras display various looks Taraji has worn throughout the red carpets of her continuously successful career.
In the pages of the spread, Henson is asked about her Hustle and Flow co-star and now Empire co-star Terrence Howard-the two of them being equally yoked:
“I just know him. We trust each other.”
With regard to her breakout role in “Baby Boy” starring opposite Tyrese Gibson, she had this to say about the beginnings of things:
“I’ve had so many false starts. If it’s easy, what story are you going to tell? Nobody wants to hear about how easy it was. That doesn’t inspire anyone.”
On the speculation that she and Tyrese Gibson were then or ever romantically involved:
“I always wanted to be known for my work. Not who I dated. Not who I slept with…. I have a gift, and my gift is acting. I started in the business at 26 with a kid, so I was smart enough to know reality from fantasy. I didn’t want to blur the lines. This is a job that I have to do. I cannot get caught up in it. And if I sleep with these guys, why would they want to work with me again? Why wouldn’t they? The conquest is up. Now I’m just used-up …”
On mixing business with pleasure:
“You have to stay professional. It is a business. I’m not letting no knucklehead dude come between my hard work and my money.”
On hustle-and doing hair in her apartment during college:
“I come from a family of hard workers. Oh, yeah, I knew how to hustle and make money. We used to do wet sets…. I bought a hooded dryer, and I had my box of rollers. I could have gone to jail; I had no license whatsoever. But it was just my friends. They were like, ‘Girl, hook me up.'”
Currently Tyrese Gibson is starring in a Denzel Washington-produced cinematic musical called “Shame” which bares the same name as the ballad he sings with soul R&B singer Jennifer Hudson. Although the song will be released with his upcoming album slated for later release , the other show has gone on.
Set in 1968 and starring in the 23-minute film as a promising, up and coming musician; Gibson’s character’s demons (brought on by substance abuse) plague the relationship between he and his wife (played by Hudson) who, despite the abusive and different person Gibson becomes or the infidelities plaguing their union, she remains grounded and solid, still.
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Jennifer Hudson has been on the move nonstop it seems and too, is currently co-starring in the HBO Anita Hill based drama called “Confirmation” starring Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, as we reported to yous yesterday.
Hudson will star in the movie-a character named Angela Wright who, like Hill, claimed she was harassed by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Interesting piece of information about the scandal too: Current Vice President Joe Biden was involved in the Hill-Thomas scandal that made U.S history as, the (then) Senator (who-at the time), chaired the hearings will have his role played by actor Greg Kinnear.
Clarence Thomas’ wife will be played by Alison Wright. And actress Kimberly Elise has signed on to play Anita Hill’s college roommate and D.C lawyer Sonia Jarvis.
“Confirmation” is written by Susanna Grant who as well, was nominated for an Oscar for the true-life whistleblowing corporate scandal turned movie “Erin Brokovich.”
Along with Kerry Washington (starring in the film as Hill) both Grant and Washington serve as executive producers of the movie which, as we stated yesterday, has no release date as yet.