Empire’s Taraji P. Henson Tried to Use Her Fame to Spark Racial Profiling Talks

By on March 28, 2015
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Actress, Taraji Henson, has become a household name, thanks to the success of the hit series, Empire, where she plays Cookie Lyon. Henson is using her fame to bring awareness to racial profiling – only she caused herself to be embarrassed and back pedaling very quickly when the truth came out.

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Henson has recently revealed in an interview, her son Johnson was profiled. Her son was pulled over while he was driving, for failing to stop at a crosswalk. When the officer came over, Henson claimed the police officer illegally searched the car. It turns out there is nothing further from the truth and Henson overreacted to the incident – blaming it on being a ‘mother who overreacted.’

A video of the incident was released, showing a police officer pulling over Henson’s son for failing to yield at a crosswalk. The police officer was nice to her son. He asked Johnson if he had any illegal substances in the car, when he admitted he had weed in the car, prompting a search of the vehicle. Nothing illegal there.

Henson posted a note on Instagram saying,
“I would like to publicly apologize to the officer and the Glendale Police Department. A mother’s job is not easy and neither is a police officer’s. Sometimes as humans WE over react without gathering all of the facts. As a mother in this case I overreacted and for that I apologize. Thank you to that officer for being kind to my son.”


What do you think of Henson’s apology?

Do you think she tried to use her fame to create controversy or to bring the subject of racial profiling front and center in the news?

Empire is about Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon, who has always ruled unchallenged, but a medical diagnosis predicts he will be incapacitated in three years, which prompts the sharks to circle. Without further damaging his family, he must decide which of his three sons will take over. His favorite, young Hakeem, is a gifted musician but values fame over hard work. Middle son, Jamal, is talented and shy but gay, causing Lyon to be embarrassed. The oldest, Andre, is business-minded but lacks charisma. The reappearance of Cookie, his ex-wife, complicates things; she says he owes her for taking the fall for the drug-running that financed his early career.

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