Taraji P. Henson covers the latest issue of Viva Magazine. In her interview, Taraji shares the meaning of the name her father bestowed upon her: Taraji means "hope" and Penda means "love" in Swahili. She discusses becoming a single mom in her senior year of college, moving to L.A. with a baby and no family nearby, and how she stays grounded in the land of glitz and glamour.
“...don’t dwell on negatives in life, but find other ways to give life and love...I am in an industry that doesn’t embrace age in women. Somebody told me once that women have an expiration date. Well, I’m bringing hope and change. I’m not afraid of aging because it’s inevitable. Either you’re going to fight it or embrace it. I choose to embrace it...You have to believe in something higher than human. Spirituality has added everything to my life.”
And fellas, she's single. “Romance and love definitely keep me balanced in life. I don’t have a man in my life right now, but I’ve been blessed with something more — ultimate unconditional love and that’s my son, Marcel. A son never lets you down. I’ve established a lot on my own; I’m comfortable in my career and I’ve done well raising Marcel on my own, but I’d love a guy — my king — to share this with. It’s really so simple.”
Read the full article here.