13 Years After The Death Of Her Son’s Father, Taraji Spoke About How He Was Killed In Cold Blood

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It’s 2003, and actress Taraji P. Henson’s star is on the rise. But one night in Washington D.C., something terrible happens to her childhood sweetheart, the father of her young son. Thirteen years later, she finally opens up about the night that William Lamar Johnson was murdered in cold blood.

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Taraji Penda Henson was born on September 11, 1970, to Boris, a metalworker and janitor, and Bernice, the manager of a local department store. But even though she did not know it at the time, her parents’ relationship was sometimes violent – and when she was just a little girl, her mother left her father for good.

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Raised in a troubled neighborhood of Washington D.C., Henson never let her upbringing stand in the way of her success. And after graduating high school, she went on to study drama at the city’s prestigious Howard University. To pay her way, she took a part-time secretarial job at the Pentagon and worked as a singer and dancer on a dinner cruise.

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