Birthday Bio: Taraji P. Henson

I grew up across the street from Matthew Henson State Park in Silver Spring, Md, one of several spots in the DMV named after the North Pole explorer and great-great cousin of Taraji P. Henson. The “Empire” star, who celebrates her 48th birthday today, took us through her family history during the June 26, 2007, junket for “Talk to Me.”

The actress explained why she was always led to believe that her famous relative, born to sharecropper parents in Nanjemoy, MD, was her great-great grandfather, and how a box of his documents that were passed down through the family ended up “in the wind.” Literally.

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