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Naomi Campbell lands recurring role on Fox's 'Empire'

Naomi Campbell lands recurring role on Fox's 'Empire'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Naomi Campbell will play the alluring Camilla in Fox's upcoming musical drama {i:Empire}, about family running a hip-hop corporation.
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'Hollywood Game Night' to return to NBC Jan. 28

'Hollywood Game Night' to return to NBC Jan. 28

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Julie Bowen, Valerie Bertinelli, Lester Holt, Jason Alexander and Martin Short will be among the stars competing on "Hollywood Game Night," NBC said.
Taraji P. Henson talks 'Person of Interest' jaw dropper

Taraji P. Henson talks 'Person of Interest' jaw dropper

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Taraji P. Henson admits it was difficult to hide the fact her character was going to be killed on the New York-set drama series, "Person of Interest."
Taraji Henson spills 'Person of Interest' secrets during 'Late Show' interview

Taraji Henson spills 'Person of Interest' secrets during 'Late Show' interview

Nov. 21 (UPI) -- While visiting the "Late Show With David Letterman," Taraji P. Henson said that keeping quiet about the shocking death of Detective Joss Carter on CBS's "Person of Interest" was like "keeping a secret from my lover."
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Major character killed on TV's 'Person of Interest' [SPOILER ALERT!]

Major character killed on TV's 'Person of Interest' [SPOILER ALERT!]

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The cast member whose character was killed on this week's episode of "Person of Interest" is to appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York.

Gladys Knight receives 365Black award

NEW ORLEANS, July 7 (UPI) -- Singer Gladys Knight was among those honored at the 10th annual 365Black Awards at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, organizers said.
Production starts on 'Think Like a Man Too'

Production starts on 'Think Like a Man Too'

LOS ANGELES, May 28 (UPI) -- Production has begun on "Think Like a Man Too," the sequel to the hit 2012 U.S. comedy "Think Like a Man," Screen Gems announced Tuesday.
Foxx, Tarantino to present BET Awards

Foxx, Tarantino to present BET Awards

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- Jamie Foxx, Quentin Tarantino, Tyler Perry and Laz Alonzo are to be presenters at the BET Awards this weekend in Los Angeles, the network said.
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Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie are to serve as hosts of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, NBC said Wednesday.
Beach Boys to perform at Grammys

Beach Boys to perform at Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The Beach Boys have signed up to sing at Sunday's Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, organizers said Wednesday.
7.7M tuned in for 2011 BET Awards

7.7M tuned in for 2011 BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, June 28 (UPI) -- Sunday's live premiere of the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles drew 7.7 million total viewers, the cable network said.
CBS orders five new series for 2011-12

CBS orders five new series for 2011-12

NEW YORK, June 13 (UPI) -- U.S. television network CBS says it has ordered three new dramas and two comedies for its 2011-12 primetime schedule.

Blitzer will appear on Soul Train Awards

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- CNN news anchor Wolf Blitzer will make a special presentation at the 2010 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta, television officials said.
Howard, Henson to host Soul Train Awards

Howard, Henson to host Soul Train Awards

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Film stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson are to serve as co-hosts of Centric's 2nd annual Soul Train Awards show in Atlanta, producers announced.
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Taraji P. Henson accepts the best actress award at the 9th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 28, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Taraji Penda Henson (born September 11, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy (2001), Shug in Hustle and Flow (2005) and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009. In 2009, she appeared in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself as April, an alcoholic singer.

Henson was born in Southeast Washington, D.C., the daughter of Bernice Gordon, a corporate manager at Woodward & Lothrop, and Boris Henson, a janitor and fabricator. She is a descendant of Matthew Henson, discoverer of the Geographic North Pole. Her first and middle name are of Swahili origin.

Henson spent summers at her grandparents' house in suburban Southern Maryland. She attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, Maryland. She first attended NC A&T, where she started a major in Electrical Engineering. She later transferred to Howard University. She worked two jobs—in the morning as a secretary at the Pentagon and in the night as a singing and dancing waitress on a dinner cruise ship—The Spirit of Washington—to pay for Howard University. She won the Triple Threat Award and graduated with a degree in Theater Arts.

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