Taraji P. Henson considered career in beauty before becoming an actress

Taraji P. Henson would have had a career in the beauty industry had she not become an actress.The Empire star is currently gearing up for the launch of her debut haircare line, TPH by Taraji, and in a new interview with People, revealed that if she had…

Taraji P. Henson would have had a career in the beauty industry had she not become an actress.

The Empire star is currently gearing up for the launch of her debut haircare line, TPH by Taraji, and in a new interview with People, revealed that if she hadn’t headed to Hollywood, she would be caring for people’s hair, skin, and nails instead.

“I know that if I didn’t go into acting, I would have been a cosmetologist,” she told the publication, adding that she has always taken her haircare seriously, so her followers on social media value her opinion. “My fans trust me.”

TPH by Taraji will be launching in Target stores across the U.S. at the end of January, and the Golden Globe-winning actress still can’t believe that her products will be on the shelves for customers to buy.

“It’s challenging when you have a dream, because you’ve got to sell it to the world,” the 49-year-old explained. “It’s so close, but so far away. And the buildup of having the nerve to say, ‘I’m going to do this one day,’ then making it happen is just like…wow.”

The 18-piece haircare line comes after 10 years of hard work from the mother-of-one, who started creating the products in her own kitchen.

And Taraji is particularly thrilled with the two scalp cleansers in her debut collection – the Never Salty scalp scrub and the Master Cleanse scalp wash – and she hopes that her products will help educate women with textured hair.

“Women think that just because you have your hair braided up under a weave or wig that you don’t have to (do anything else). But you have to take care of it,” she urged.

TPH by Taraji, priced from $5 to $15 (£4 – £12), is available in Target stores in the U.S. and online, from 29 January.

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Taraji P. Henson teases launch of haircare line

Taraji P. Henson has teased the launch of her new haircare line TPH by Taraji.The Empire star has been working for years on creating the perfect debut collection, and now the 18-piece line, which caters for every hair type, is almost ready. “Guys, TPH …

Taraji P. Henson has teased the launch of her new haircare line TPH by Taraji.

The Empire star has been working for years on creating the perfect debut collection, and now the 18-piece line, which caters for every hair type, is almost ready.

“Guys, TPH is coming. It’s coming, very soon. Stay tuned,” she teased in a short clip on Instagram.

TPH is divided into four categories, covering the basics of cleansing and care, repair, treatment stylers, and scalp-care products for textured, afro and curly hair.

At the heart of her haircare collection lies Taraji’s determination to avoid other women becoming embarrassed by their hair, and recalled a time when she was mortified when having her weave taken out at the salon.

“The first time I went to get the weave taken out, it smelled like mildew. I was so embarrassed. I was washing my hair, but wasn’t drying the weft,” she explained to Allure. “When you have a weave or an install, your hair is braided down, and then sometimes they sew a hair net down on top of that, and then they sew the hair tracks on top of that. My dilemma was how do I get to my scalp? How do I clean it? I didn’t ever want that mildew smell again.”

This incident inspired her to create the clarifying Master Cleanse, which is based on a homemade cleanser Taraji created to refresh her scalp when she wear weaves.

And the 49-year-old insisted that TPH is for every curly-haired woman, not just for those who wear weaves, with products such as the Never Salty Scalp Scrub ($13/£10), Honey Fresh shampoo ($10/£8) and Make It Rain conditioner ($10/£8) suitable for all.

TPH by Taraji is available now from the Target website and in stores from 29 January.

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Slick Woods thanks friend for saving her life during medical ordeal

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy. Slick has be…

Slick Woods has credited her friend for saving her life during an “unexpected” seizure.

The model, real name Simone Thompson, announced on social media in November that she was battling a type of skin cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy.

Slick has been regularly sharing updates with her fans, and on Wednesday, took to Instagram to post a video of her smiling and laughing in her hospital bed after recently suffering a scary medical ordeal.

“Now that I’m feeling a million times better and walking again thanks @cheyalli (Chey Allegra) for saving my life during an unexpected seizure in the middle of the night, man there’s so many people going through way worse #staygoofy,” she captioned the clip.

It’s not known if Slick had suffered seizures before, or if the event is related to her treatments.

But a number of the Fenty Beauty star’s celebrity pals were quick to comment on the post, including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Janelle Monae, and Karrueche Tran.

“Thank god, quick recovery! We love you @slickwoods,” wrote Adut Akech, while Jasmine Sanders posted, “Praying for you baby!!”

And singer-songwriter Miguel added: “Sending love and lightning.”

Last month, Slick shared a string of videos on her Instagram Stories showing her joking around with friends while at The London in New York City and noted that she was able to enjoy a night out when she was provided with a wheelchair by staff at the hotel.

“Legs numb left hand still numb I hate bulls**t and The London gave me a wheelchair,” the 23-year-old stated.

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Slick Woods battling cancer

Model Slick Woods is undergoing chemotherapy to treat melanoma cancer.The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, made reference to the medical treatment in a post on Instagram on Tuesday as she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue w…

Model Slick Woods is undergoing chemotherapy to treat melanoma cancer.

The 23-year-old model, real name Simone Thompson, made reference to the medical treatment in a post on Instagram on Tuesday as she shared a photo of herself sticking out her tongue while out with her boyfriend Micky Munday and some friends.

“How I feel about chemotherapy, shout out to everyone that gotta go through it #atleastimalreadybald,” she wrote in the caption.

As fans expressed their shock at the news and sent their well wishes, Slick shared a picture of a pouting child and urged her followers not to pity her, declaring, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

She stopped short of sharing further details about her condition in the post, but editors at The Shade Room claim she told them she had a type of skin cancer.

“She exclusively tells us that she is battling stage 3 melanoma cancer and that the cancer is spreading. She says she’s currently fighting for her life,” they wrote.

Slick has received a few supportive messages from famous friends like actress Taraji P. Henson.

“You are already on the other side of this heathy (sic) and strong like it never happened. I adore you,” the Empire star commented, while Power actress La La Anthony wrote, “Love u sis (sic)”.

Slick later added a picture of herself at the Savage x Fenty show in September, and wrote: “Modern day Gia without the drugs #justcrazy ‘where does everyone go when they have to go’ I thought I told y’all I’m not no victim.”

The post appears to be referring to supermodel Gia Carangi, who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 26 in 1986.

Representatives for Slick, who famously went into labour moments after walking the runway at Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty fashion show in September, 2018, have yet to comment on the model’s health issue.

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Taraji P. Henson meditates before red carpet events

Taraji P. Henson always meditates before she attends a Hollywood event. The Empire actress usually likes to take time out of her day to clear her mind and relax, and she has a specific ritual she carries out to calm her nerves prior to hitting the red …

Taraji P. Henson always meditates before she attends a Hollywood event.

The Empire actress usually likes to take time out of her day to clear her mind and relax, and she has a specific ritual she carries out to calm her nerves prior to hitting the red carpet.

“Meditation is always a big part of my day, especially before a red carpet,” Henson told Vogue.com. “I cleanse the space with crystals and sage first, then move onto sound healing vibrations to soothe any anxiety.”

Henson took Vogue reporters behind-the-scenes of her preparations ahead of the Emmys red carpet on Sunday, when she wore a pink gown with a red cape that took more than 200 hours to make by the Vera Wang team.

The 49-year-old explained that she likes to wear gowns by the designer because she uses the outfits as her armour.

“Red carpets are always a bit hectic, but that’s why I like to wear Vera Wang,” the actress added. “She builds the best dresses and always makes me feel like I can take on any carpet.”

The TV star styled her chin-length bob in tight waves, and Taraji admitted her hair has a difficult relationship with styling products.

“One of the problems I have is dealing with my hair and scalp and trying to keep them healthy after hours and hours of being under the heat on a weekly basis,” she shared. “I’m actually working on something to address that issue that is going launch very soon at TPH by Taraji! It will help all women feel as good as I do.”

In July, she announced she was working on a haircare line named TPH by Taraji but its launch date is currently unknown.

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Taraji P. Henson’s wedding dress will be designed by Vera Wang

Taraji P. Henson has tapped Vera Wang to make her wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials.The Empire star revealed who would be designing her gown when she arrived at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday, after sharing the news that she will tie the knot wit…

Taraji P. Henson has tapped Vera Wang to make her wedding dress for her upcoming nuptials.

The Empire star revealed who would be designing her gown when she arrived at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday, after sharing the news that she will tie the knot with retired American footballer Kelvin Hayden in April 2020.

“Vera Wang is definitely making my dress. The wedding is 4/4/20, I leaked it,” the 49-year-old told Access Hollywood. “We haven’t pinpointed the silhouette yet.”

Taraji recently confirmed she won’t have bridesmaids or a maid of honour, and is determined for her big day to be an intimate affair with really good food.

“I told my wedding planner, ‘Make it pretty, fun, make sure the food is good and a bomb DJ.’ No bridal party, I’m not a bridezilla… please, I just want to say my vows in front of the people that I love. Eat good food and have fun. That’s it!” she laughed during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Taraji and Kelvin were due to wed over the summer, but the Oscar-nominated actress took some well-deserved time off to enjoy herself instead.

“A wedding you have to plan in a year… I’m just going to take this summer and be normal, take a vacation – a couple, a few – I have a girlfriends’ trip coming up, then me and my fiance have to do something (sic),” the actress explained.

Taraji, who has son Marcell Johnson, 25, with late high school sweetheart William Johnson, began dating Kelvin in 2015. The couple got engaged last year.

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Screenwriter accuses Paramount of ripping off his script for What Men Want

Screenwriter Joe Carlini has accused Paramount executives of ripping off his script for their movie What Men Want.In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Carlini alleges he wrote a screenplay titled What the F Is He Thinking? back in 2015, which is strikin…

Screenwriter Joe Carlini has accused Paramount executives of ripping off his script for their movie What Men Want.

In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Carlini alleges he wrote a screenplay titled What the F Is He Thinking? back in 2015, which is strikingly similar to the 2019 movie starring Taraji P. Henson.

Carlini claims he had several meetings with representatives from massive Hollywood companies such as The Weinstein Company, Montage, and Bloom, and even spoke to actors James Franco, Chris Pratt, Nick Swardson, and King Bach about potentially starring in the movie. However, Carlini’s project never got off the ground.

But four years after the writer penned his screenplay, he claimed he was stunned when he watched What Men Want and noted all the parallels between the plot and his script.

Detailing these alleged similarities, Carlini noted that the main characters in both scripts found they could hear men’s thoughts after waking up in hospital following a fall. He also highlighted the way both leading roles lost that power after another knock on the head.

Carlini also accused Paramount bosses of stealing his idea of having sports stars make cameos. Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, and Lisa Leslie all had appearances in the film.

He’s now suing Paramount, BET, producer Will Packer and most of the flick’s screenwriters for copyright infringement. Noting that the movie made more than $72 million (£58 million) at the box office, Carlini is hoping to recoup some of his financial losses with a payout.

Paramount representatives have not yet responded to the lawsuit.

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Mandy Moore ‘twins’ with Susan Kelechi Watson at 2019 Emmy Awards

Mandy Moore has joked about “twinning” with her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday.The This Is Us actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, walked the purple carpet at …

Mandy Moore has joked about “twinning” with her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The This Is Us actress, who was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, walked the purple carpet at the event in a gorgeous Brandon Maxwell gown with a pink off-the-shoulder top and long red skirt.

However, Mandy’s co-star Susan showed up in a very similar number from Badgley Mischka, and accordingly, the pair took the opportunity to take some pictures together.

“Always happy to be here and twinning with my girl, @susankelechiwatson. Thanks for having us @televisionacad! #Emmys,” the 35-year-old captioned a slideshow of happy snaps on her Instagram page.

Meanwhile, Susan, 37, uploaded the same photos and wrote: “No one else I’d rather twin with! Emmy nominee @mandymooremm. So excited to be here and have some famcandy on my arm (sic)! Feeling so extra special in this delicious @badgleymischka. Thank you both for this red and pink dream!”

The post caught the attention of Mandy and Susan’s celebrity pals, with actress Rachel Bilson commenting, “Stunning”, and model Karen Elson praising, “Gorgeous!!!”

Red and pink were a major trend for the 2019 Emmy Awards, with Taraji P. Henson rocking a blush number from Vera Wang with a red cape, Marisa Tomei opting for a pink and red dress by Ralph & Russo, and Catherine Zeta-Jones donning a hot pink Georges Hobeika number. Elsewhere, Joey King selected a ruby red Zac Posen dress, Sophie Turner sported a pale pink Louis Vuitton gown, Halsey dazzled in a strapless pink ombre Rami Kadi ballgown, and Zoe Kazan turned heads in a black Gucci ensemble with red and pink ribbon detailing draped on the bodice.

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Taraji P. Henson’s Emmys dress was intended for Met Gala

Taraji P. Henson was originally supposed to wear her Emmy Awards dress to the 2019 Met Gala. The Empire actress took to the purple carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing a plunging pink Vera Wang dress with a red cape. Howev…

Taraji P. Henson was originally supposed to wear her Emmy Awards dress to the 2019 Met Gala.

The Empire actress took to the purple carpet at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing a plunging pink Vera Wang dress with a red cape.

However, in an interview with Variety, Henson revealed she had been planning to wear it to the 2019 Met Gala in May, but she had to skip the glitzy event after her friend, director John Singleton, passed away.

“You know this is the dress I was supposed to wear to the Met Gala. John Singleton passed away and I had to go to his funeral. It was the day of the Met. And Vera was so gracious and so beautiful and I love her so much and I promised her, I was like, ‘We will wear this dress,'” she said.

However, the gown had been designed by Wang with the Met Gala’s theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, in mind, so the ensemble had to undergo some changes to make it more appropriate for the Emmys.

“But we had to un-camp it. It was very campy. The train was three times as long and we had butterflies and embellishments on the train. We had to un-camp it,” the 49-year-old smiled.

The designer posted a picture of Henson rocking the look on her Instagram page and wrote in the caption, “To my dear friend Taraji. You float. You glide. You also alwAys keep it cool (sic). You rock! Love you much. Wang Gang family!”

Henson was just one of many celebrities who worked the pink and red trend at the TV awards show. Mandy Moore wore a Brandon Maxwell gown with a pink off-the-shoulder top and long red skirt, her This Is Us co-star Susan Kelechi Watson opted for a red gown with pink sleeves by Badgley Mischka, Marisa Tomei sported a pink and red dress by Ralph & Russo, and Catherine Zeta-Jones donned a hot pink Georges Hobeika number.

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Tyler Perry delivers powerful speech at 2019 BET Awards

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday. The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to …

Director Tyler Perry received a standing ovation after delivering an inspirational speech as he accepted an honour at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday.

The filmmaker, who is perhaps best known for creating and performing as the character Madea, took to the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the Ultimate Icon Award, and during his speech, he spoke about how he’s always sharing opportunities and trying to help the likes of Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba get a break by casting them in his movies.

“When I started hiring people like Taraji, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, they couldn’t get jobs in this town, but God blessed me to be in a position to be able to hire them. I was trying to help somebody cross,” said Perry, who continued to explain that he helped his mother cross by making films which “let black women know they are worthy, special, powerful, amazing.”

The Gone Girl actor went on to detail why he chose the location of his film studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

“When I built my studio, I built it in a neighbourhood that is one of the poorest black neighbourhoods in Atlanta, so that young black kids could see that a black man did that and they could do it, too,” he continued. “That studio was once a Confederate Army base – and I want you to hear this – which meant that there were Confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro.”

After receiving applause and a standing ovation for his comment, the 49-year-old concluded, “While everybody was fighting for a seat at the table, talking about #OscarsSoWhite, I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that, but while you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own’… Rather than being an icon, I want to be an inspiration.”

Other winners on the night included Regina King and Michael B. Jordan, who won Best Actress and Best Actor, while BlacKkKlansman was named Best Movie.

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