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Taraji P. Henson is one of America’s most beloved actresses. The Empire star has had quite a year being recognized for her work. Taraji won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, an Emmy for Best Drama Actress as well as the BET Award for Best Actress. She can now add author to her resume. The 13-chapter book (which includes fabulous and intimate photographs) will inspire you, make you laugh, and allow you to learn about Taraji in a dynamic way.

Talking with Good Morning America, the star reveals,

“I am just the girl from around the way who had a dream and with hard work, never giving up on myself, faith and the love of my family, I made my dreams come true.”

…and she certainly has made her dreams come true. Taraji continues, ” I wanted this to resonate with everybody who feels like they are just from around the way, just a regular person. You can do it. You can do it!”

Celebrity Sightings in New York City - October 11, 2016

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If that isn’t motivation from one of the most down to earth actresses around, we don’t know what is!

The book is very personal; Taraji even opens up about an abusive ex-boyfriend. This isn’t your ‘cookie’ cutter actress memoir.

I caught up with the beauty at the Viktor & Rolf Magic Collection fragrance launch, where she revealed exclusively to Hello Beautiful, that this project has been, “a long time coming.”

When discussing the book, Taraji comments, “It’s something to inspire.”

…and it definitely is.

Get the book, here.


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