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This is Taraji P. Henson’s world and we’re just living in it. Even after ending her epic run on the Fox show Empire, the film and television icon has continued to make major moves.

According to Shadow and Act, the actress has been in the process of developing a spin-off to Empire based on her character Cookie Lyon. The project is being developed as part of Henson’s first-look development deal with the show’s producer 20th Century Fox TV, which is now owned by Disney. The spin-off would be developed under Henson’s TPH Entertainment banner and Henson would star in the series. She’s already garnered praise for her portrayal of Cookie, earning two Emmy nominations and winning a Golden Globe award.

Little is known about the series as of now, however, it’s confirmed that the show won’t be a prequel. Instead, it would take place in the present, following the next chapter of Cookie’s life post-Empire. Danny Strong, the co-creator of Empire, will write the series along with Stacy Littlejohn and Yolanda Lawrence. Sanaa Hamri would direct while Lee Daniels would serve as executive producer along with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Samie Falvey. 

“I believe that normalizing stories around stigmatizing matters will make them more palatable for audiences to embrace,” Henson explained in a statement. “Art can change perception and I plan to develop projects that can help further the conversation. I also aim to help cultivate and establish new young talent and their stories because they are our future and deserve a voice and a platform to be heard.  I’m so excited to have 20th, led by the talented Carolyn Cassidy, support me in this new endeavor.”

Henson has been very active on social media, speaking out against the racial injustices of today while still sharing the joys of her life. In early July, she gave her followers a treat by posting old pictures of herself from childhood to college. It’s clear through the photos that Henson was always a boss and a leader. Check out some of the priceless moments below.

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1. Taraji posts a photo of herself back in 1991. Hilariously, its appears she manifested her role as Cookie Lyon in this throwback moment.

2. The actress shares a photo from her college days at Howard University, revealing through her hashtags that she used to be “heavy-handed” on her eyebrows.

3. In case you weren’t aware, Taraji is a ’70s baby… she’s got the ‘fro and all. How cute was she?!

4. The HU alum captioned this inspirational moment, “#1995 we walked across that stage and collected that #BFA ‼️ I was waving to the folk who thought I would give up because I became pregnant my Junior year!!! MY SON BECAME MY BIGGEST INSPIRATION!!!!!!! Look at us now!!! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU!!!”

5. Young Taraji gets her modeling on in a photo with one of her very best friends. Now THIS is a throwback.

6. “#FBF #1990 My other hittah TO THIS DAY @pam_c_collins She was grown I WAS NOT but she let me hang anyway #TheRitz #DCCLUBS #MrGPictures,” the actress captioned this old photo.

7. Sadly, Taraji’s dad is no longer with us. She shared this moment with her fans, writing in the caption “Verified Heaven gained a real one in 2006‼️ I miss you daddy NOW MORE THAN EVER!!! 😢🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💋💋.” May he rest in peace.

8. What is really comes down to is this: Taraji is a queen, has always been a queen, and will always be that BOSS woman we love and respect.

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