Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson reads her inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to Hollywood, and the joy of living in your own truth.
With a sensibility that recalls her beloved screen characters, including Yvette, Queenie, Shug, and the iconic Cookie from Empire, yet is all Taraji, the screen actress writes of her families - the one she was born into and the one she created. She shares stories of her father, a Vietnam vet who was bowed but never broken by life's challenges, and of her mother, who survived violence both in the home and on DC's volatile streets. Here, too, she opens up about her experiences as a single mother, a journey some saw as a burden but she saw as a gift.
Around the Way Girl is also a classic actor's memoir in which Taraji reflects on the world-class instruction she received at Howard University and the pitfalls that come with being a black actress. With laugh-out-loud humor and candor, she shares the challenges and disappointments of the actor's journey and shows us that behind the red carpet moments, she is ever authentic. She is at heart just a girl in pursuit of her dreams.
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"Taraji P HENSONS Story Around the way Girl:"
I listened to it in one sitting. it is amazing how much the same your life can be with someone totally different can be the same. as I listened to her story it was like I already knew her . Her story is not just a black woman's story it is every woman's story. love and loss ad figuring it out along the way. she deserves every thing she gets I am a huge 62 year old white Empire fan. learned to understand rap . love her story and this book is honest and beautiful was the lady that wrote it.
"Harlem World & The Around the Way Girl"
I would recommend this book to the young mothers that I work with in Harlem. Taraji's candid style and skills as a Griot (traditional African village storyteller) are captivating and motivating. She is an excellent example of disciple, focus and pursuit of dreams against the odds.
What I liked best about the story, other than Taraji reading it aloud, were her candid vignettes about her family, her relationship with her father and the father of her child. Her tales of navigating motherhood and planning career success are particularly supportive for single mothers who may be in doubt of their power and drive to succeed in any endeavor.
My favorite character hands down was Taraji's' father. A solider, Vietnam Veteran and craftsman ! He never stopped trying to remake himself and he truly loved his family. He went from homeless to hopeful and gainfully employed. His memories are sprinkled throughout the book. They make us laugh and they sometimes make us cry.
When I woke up this morning and received the email from Audible that my book was available, I called out from work to marathon listen to the book.
I hope Taraji does a coffee table book with her collected pictures. I would like her to publish another book for actors about getting into character and embracing the art. She has a lot of experience and she can tell the story like "A round da way girl" ! I LOVE the part where you met Mary J. Blige and she dissed you only for y'all to eventually become good friends -admiration and respect. Sisterhood is eternal.
"Finished in one day!"
This book was just like sitting and chatting with an old girlfriend about life! I laughed, I teared up, it was great. Kudos to you Taraji!
"Absolutely Amazing Story"
Real, raw, & relatable! I saw so much of myself in this! I loved it!
"If you like Taraji you will love her story."
I love the way she told her story. There were a lot of funny moments and moments that made you say hmmmmm.
"Keepin it Real Rah!"
As a single mom, this book was all I needed to keep me motivated and confident on my journey to success in the arts! I loved every inch of this book and how relative it was for those of us who didn't take the road (most) traveled! I laughed, I got worried, I celebrated and more than anything, I cried tears of joy and sorrow. So worth every used credit or transaction. And I believe Taraji's father and my Dad must be related! LOL!
I laughed. I cried. I said what the*** on occasion. but I enjoyed every minute of hearing this story.
Loved Taraji's presentation of her Memoir! Will definitely tell all my friends to pick up this book!!!
I love when the wealthy and famous show just how normal they are!!! I love Ms. Henson anyway but this made me appreciate her and her craft even more!!! ☺️
"Taraji is Awesome"
I have always been a big fan of Taraji, but upon hearing her story and that fact she did the performance herself. I am an even bigger fan. YOU GO GIRL. She is truly inspirational.
I loved it - nicely written - easy to follow will recommend it to friends
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