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Taraji P. Henson Blames Friends For Super Bowl Coldplay Gaffe


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The Empire star was enjoying the big game from the comfort of a VIP suite at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where she was joined by her rumoured boyfriend, American footballer Kelvin Hayden, and a group of pals.

She took to social media to share her delight at the start of the Super Bowl half-time show performance, which also featured appearances from Beyonce and Bruno Mars, but fans were quick to point out her mistake after she incorrectly identified British stars Coldplay for American rockers Maroon 5.

"YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!" she exclaimed alongside one video clip of the gig. "#maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am."

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Taraji P. Henson Mistakes Coldplay For Maroon 5


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The Empire star attended the big football game in Santa Clara, California on Sunday (07Feb16), and she posted a video from her seat at the Levi's Stadium as the British rockers were performing.

However, Henson incorrectly identified Coldplay as American pop stars Maroon 5, writing a caption that read: "YAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!! #maroon5 is life to me!!! #superbowl50 #HappyCamper I am."

Her followers pointed out the error, and Henson later deleted the post after realising her mistake, following up on Twitter by writing, "Oooooooopppps. Lmao (laughing my a** off)!"

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47th NAACP Image Awards - Press Room

Jussie Smollett, Gabourey Sidibe, Trai Byers, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray aka Yazz, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Grace Gealey, Kaitlin Doubleday , Danny Strong - 47th NAACP Image Awards held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Press Room at Pasadena Civic Auditorium - Pasadena, California, United States - Friday 5th February 2016

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Jussie Smollett To Receive Naacp Chairman's Award


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The actor/singer, who portrays musician Jamal Lyon on the hit hip-hop drama, will be one of eight recipients of the Chairman's Award, which is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, reports Deadline.com.

Smollett has been an active campaigner for civil rights, HIV and AIDS awareness, and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues since his teens.

The 32-year-old is in for a big night at the 5 February (16) ceremony in California as Empire is also shortlisted for an impressive 12 nods, including Outstanding Drama Series and acting nominations for Smollett and his co-stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, and Grace Gealey.

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Lee Daniels Wants Empire Lawsuit Thrown Out


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Sophia Eggleston filed a $300 million (£200 million) lawsuit in August (15), claiming the show's central character, Cookie Lyon - played by Taraji P. Henson, is so similar to herself that creator Lee Daniels must have used her as his muse.

The 53-year-old stated she was a drug kingpin who went to jail for ordering a hit on a man, and then wrote a memoir about her colourful life.

She alleged she travelled to Los Angeles in 2011 to meet screenwriter Rita Miller and gave her a copy of her book, titled The Hidden Hand, which she claims must have then been used as the basis for Empire after Miller met with Daniels.

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Taraji P. Henson: 'Empire Sheds Light On Gay Struggles'


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The 45-year-old picked up a Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Television Drama on Sunday (10Jan16) for her work as Cookie Lyon in the hit Fox musical drama, and took a moment to address criticism the show receives backstage.

Despite its success, the series has been lashed with homophobic criticism, as it features a gay R&B singer, played by Jussie Smollett, but Taraji doesn't tolerate such behaviour.

"We ignore that," she said. "That's nonsense and that's fear, so we understand where that's coming from, so there's nothing to comment on that. People are dealing with this, it's not a joke, that's why it's in the script. It's not for show, it's not for sensationalism. It's because people are struggling with this. And that's why we shed light on it.

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InStyle/Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party - Arrivals

Taraji P. Henson - InStyle/Warner Bros. Golden Globes after party - Arrivals at beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, CA, Golden Globes - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 10th January 2016

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Taraji P. Henson Hands Out Cookies As She Wins Golden Globe For 'Empire'


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Taraji P. Henson scored her first Golden Globes win on Sunday, taking home the Best Actress – Television Series, Drama award at the 2016 ceremony. When her name was called the ‘Empire’ star wasted no time in channeling her inner Cookie Lyon, by passing out tasty treats to her fellow attendees.

Taraji P. HensonTaraji P Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Actress – Television Series, Drama on Sunday.

Henson handed cookies to stars including Angela Bassett, Lady Gaga, and Leonardo DiCaprio, as she made her way to the stage. Backstage the actress revealed that her decision to hand out the treats was a spontaneous one, there just happened to be a packet of cookies on the table.

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Taraji P. Henson And Kelvin Hayden Spark Dating Rumours


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The Empire star and former Chicago Bears player Hayden were photographed walking along a beach hand-in-hand in Miami on Monday (28Dec15).

Henson has yet to comment on the reports, but she recently spoke to Harper's Bazaar about her ideal man.

"He is funny, has personality, he doesn't take himself too seriously," she said. "He needs to be confident in who he is, confident to let me be who I am. And let me shine, you know? My light is only going to enhance his light."

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Taraji P. Henson Named USA Today's Entertainer Of The Year


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The Empire star has been feted for her role as Cookie Lyons in the hit TV drama - a part that has dramatically changed her life, despite her previous success.

"Who thought Cookie would bring me this kind of notoriety," she tells the publication. "This is the type of character that people judge - she went to jail she sold drugs. But what happens? (People) run to her? (It) blows me away every time. That goes to show people like real."

And Taraji admits her TV notoriety comes with benefits: "I don't wait in line for anything anymore. Upside, now that I'm rich, people like to send me things for free. I don't understand that, but OK, I'll take it. I love getting free gifts."

Taraji P. Henson And Janelle Monae Join Alicia Keys' Charity


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The No One star has formed a new council for her Keep a Child Alive charity and has enlisted her celebrity friends to help her raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, according to the New York Post.

"AIDS is the number one cause of death of adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa and the second greatest cause of death worldwide," a statement from Henson to The Associated Press on World AIDS Day (01Dec15) reads. "I'm honored to be supporting Keep a Child Alive in the fight to put an end to this disease."

"We need to come together and use our voice to help put an end to this epidemic," Monae adds.

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VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly Awards - Arrivals

Taraji P. Henson - Celebrities attend VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly Awards at Pacific Design Center. at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 15th November 2015

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VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly Awards

Queen Latifah , Taraji P. Henson - VH1 Big In 2015 With Entertainment Weekly Awards - Arrivals at Pacific Design Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 15th November 2015

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Taraji P. Henson's Tv Character Tops 2015 Beauty Moments List


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Taraji and Reese Witherspoon appear on separate covers of the trade publication as editors celebrate the eye-popping style moments from the past 12 months, and the Hustle & Flow star's TV fashions have beaten out Lupita Nyong'o's Cannes Film Festival 'Fronut' for the top spot.

In a statement launching the list on Wednesday (11Nov15), a Hollywood Reporter spokesman says, "Not only has Cookie Lyon reinvigorated Henson's career, but droves of Empire fans are clamoring to mimic the music-maven character's fearless onscreen style."

Coming in behind Taraji and Lupita is Reese Witherspoon's Timeless Glam at the Golden Globes, Cara Delevingne's Bushy Brows, and Amal Clooney's Golden Globes Debut.

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67th Annual Emmy Awards

Taraji P. Henson - 67th Annual Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theatre at Microsoft Theatre, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th September 2015

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