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Taraji P. Henson to Play Cookie Again in 'Empire' Spin-off Series!

Cookie Lyon might be returning to your TV screens in the future!

Taraji P. Henson is set to reprise her iconic role in an Empire spin-off series that is currently in the works at Fox. This marks the first project to come out of the Oscar-nominated actress’ first-look deal with the network.

Empire co-creator Danny Strong will co-write the series with Yolanda Lawrence and Stacy A. Littlejohn, who also worked on the hit show. They will all serve as co-showrunners.

Not much is known about the spin-off series’ plot, but THR reports that it will “follow Cookie as she moves to L.A. and potentially feature some of her other family members.”

Things didn’t end as planned on Empire when the series came to an early conclusion back in April 2020 due to the pandemic. The spin-off series will give the creators a chance to wrap things up properly.

Taraji P. Henson Is Taking Issue With The 'Strong Black Woman' Label: 'It Belittles Us'

Taraji P. Henson doesn’t want you to call her a “strong Black woman”.

In a discussion with Essence, the 49-year-old actress is explaining why she has an issue with the label.

“It dehumanizes our pain. It belittles our tears. It belittles our pain. We’re supposed to be able to watch our brothers and sons and fathers get murdered in the street but we can take it because we’re strong,” she said. “We can deal with it, we can handle it, and that’s just not true.”

Taraji added that the phrase tokenizes Black women.

“We’re not fairies. We don’t magically rebound from pain,” she shared. “We hurt and suffer just like others.”

People need to be “very careful with that term,” Taraji continued. “Strength is in being vulnerable, and that’s what I want my people to understand. The strength is in being vulnerable and being honest with yourself and saying, you know what, I’m scared right now. Or, I honestly don’t know what to do right now.”

“Maybe if we fix how we define strength and weakness in people, it can stop being a potentially damaging, diminishing or even life-threatening descriptor for Black women.”

Recently, Taraji opened up about how she tackled mental health during the pandemic.

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John Legend, Lizzo, Taraji P. Henson & More Call For Stop on Police Budget Increases

Taraji P. Henson, John Legend and Lizzo have added their names to a letter calling for the stop on increases to police budgets, following the death of George Floyd and increase in social unrest from this past weekend.

Called an “open demand letter”, it urges state and local governments to take the money that would go towards increasing police budgets and use it towards improving health care, education, and more programs for black communities, according to Variety.

“Black communities are living in persistent fear of being killed by state authorities like police, immigration agents or even white vigilantes who are emboldened by state actors,” the letter reads. “According to the Urban Institute, in 1977, state and local governments spent $60 billion on police and corrections. In 2017, they spent $194 billion. A 220 percent increase. Despite continued profiling, harassment, terror and killing of Black communities, local and federal decision-makers continue to invest in the police, which leaves Black people vulnerable and our communities no safer.”

“Where could that money go?” it continues. “It could go towards building healthy communities, to the health of our elders and children, to neighborhood infrastructure, to education, to childcare, to support a vibrant Black future. The possibilities are endless.”

Others who have signed include Natalie Portman, Jane Fonda, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, and more.

You can read the full letter HERE.

If you missed it, Lizzo spoke out about the systemic racism and how she is promising to speak out about injustice.

Taraji P. Henson Gets Emotional While Talking About Mental Health During Pandemic

Taraji P. Henson is doing what she can to help out during the pandemic.

The 49-year-old Empire actress chatted with Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta during a CNN special about her mental health program, in partnership with her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which aims to help black Americans and people of color who are suffering during the ongoing health crisis.

“When COVID happened, my heart went out and I just knew that people were suffering and they’re suffering alone in isolation,” an emotional Taraji shared. “I’m blessed. I can call my therapist. I can pay for it without thinking about it, but what about those who can’t?”

Taraji went on to acknowledge that “African Americans and people of color are disproportionately affected by not only the virus but the secondary mental health impacts associated with the virus.”

“So we created a virtual fund-raising campaign for free sessions for people of color and, you know, disadvantaged neighborhoods,” Taraji said, before pausing and getting teary-eyed. “I’m so nervous. There is so much going on right now. My brain is just…”

Taraji then talked about the impact the death of George Floyd has had on the nation.

“It’s just like, it won’t let up, you know? It’s like I’m trying to stop a bleeding wound and it just keeps bleeding, you know? But I’m raising money to help those who can’t,” Taraji continued. “It’s tragic and it’s traumatizing. And I mean, at this point it seems like we have to save ourselves…My hope is that we eradicate the stigma around mental health in the black community.”

Read what stars like Beyonce and Rihanna said while speaking out on the murder and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Taraji P. Henson Reveals 'Empire' Final Season Had 10 Days Left of Shooting Before Being Cut Short

The final season of Empire is being cut short due to the health crisis and now Taraji P. Henson is revealing just how close they were to finishing the last couple episodes.

There were supposed to be 20 episodes in the final season, but now the series finale will be episode 18.

“We were almost finished,” Taraji told Variety on March 31, right before it was announced that the season would be cut short. “We were at the finish line.”

“We had 20 episodes to shoot,” she added. “We were in the middle of episode 19 and then this happened. So, we just have about a week and a half to go, about 10 more days and we’ll be finished.”

The cast will no longer be going back to set to finish the final episodes. Scenes that were filmed for episode 19 will be edited into episode 18, which airs on April 21.

Taraji P. Henson Reveals She's Lost Weight in Quarantine - Find Out How Much!

Taraji P. Henson is slimming down in quarantine.

The Coffee & Kareem actress revealed that she lost some weight amid the pandemic in an interview with Access Hollywood.

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Taraji opened up in an interview with Zuri Hall about how she’s coping with social distancing, including having virtual cocktails with her friends and doing her own braids.

She also revealed she’s lost five pounds already – and she can now last up to an hour in an infared sauna!

Plus, Taraji revealed that she’s postponed her nuptials with fiance Kelvin Hayden while taking her older family members into consideration amid the crisis.

Watch Taraji P. Henson discuss her quarantine…

Ed Helms & Taraji P. Henson Team Up for Netflix Action-Comedy 'Coffee & Kareem' - Watch the Trailer!

Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson join forces in the trailer for their new Netflix film Coffee & Kareem!

The 46-year-old Hangover actor and the 49-year-old Empire actress star in the upcoming action-comedy alongside Terrence Little Gardenhigh.

Here’s the synopsis: “While police officer James Coffee (Ed Helms) enjoys his new relationship with Vanessa Manning (Taraji P. Henson), her beloved 12-year-old son Kareem (Gardenhigh) plots their break-up.”

It continues, “Attempting to scare away his mom’s boyfriend for good, Kareem tries to hire criminal fugitives to take him out but accidentally exposes a secret network of criminal activity, making his family its latest target. To protect Vanessa, Kareem teams up with Coffee – the partner he never wanted – for a dangerous chase across Detroit.”

From director Michael Dowse, Coffee & Kareem is about “forging unexpected bonds, one four-letter insult at a time.”

It also stars Betty Gilpin, RonReaco Lee, Andrew Bachelor, and David Alan Grier.

Coffee & Kareem hits the streaming service on April 3. Watch the trailer now!

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Coffee & Kareem starring Ed Helms & Taraji P Henson | Official Trailer | Netflix

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