Taraji P. Henson on Emmy Awards: 'I Got to Win for History'

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01:  Actress Taraji P. Henson attends the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards  at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Taraji P. Henson on Emmy Awards: 'I Got to Win for History'

Empire star would be the first Black woman to win in her category.

Published June 3, 2015

Cookie Lyon won't settle for less than the best! And for Taraji P. Henson, who plays the razor-sharp matriarch on Empire, that means an Emmy.

Henson, who just made history as the first Black woman to win Best Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards on Sunday, spoke on a panel at an outdoor mall in Los Angeles just before the awards ceremony and wasn't shy about putting her dream out there.


While Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong gave the usual speech about awards not being as important as the work, Taraji kept it real. "Clean that up, buddy! I'm tryin' to make history!" What would it mean to Henson to be the first Black woman to win the Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series? "It would be incredible,” she said. “Wow! I got to win! I got to win for history!"  

After robbing Kerry Washington of the recognition year after year, hopefully Taraji will fare better with the TV academy.

Watch Taraji dissect her scene-stealing Empire character on The Wendy Williams Show below:

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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