Birth Name: Taraji Penda Henson
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: September 11, 1970
Ethnicity: African-American (including Cameroonian)
Taraji P. Henson is an American actress and singer. She starred in the movies Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Think Like a Man, and many more, and the television series Empire. Taraji has a son, Marcel, who was born in 1994.
A DNA test of Taraji found that she has ancestry from the Masa people of Cameroon.
Taraji’s paternal grandparents were Russell H. Henson (the son of James Francis Henson and Beula V. Craig) and Mary Madeline Thomas. James was the son of Joseph Henson and Mary Jane.
Taraji’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Joseph Henson, was the half-brother of explorer Matthew Henson (Matthew Alexander Henson). Matthew was the first African-American Arctic explorer. He was an associate of explorer Rear Admiral Robert Peary on seven voyages, over nearly 23 years.
Taraji’s maternal grandmother is named Patsy Ballard.
Source: Genealogy of Taraji P. Henson (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
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