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20 Things I’m Convinced Taraji P Henson Would Do For You If She Were Your Homegirl

I fell in love with Taraji P. Henson when she played “I know who stole my car, Jody!” Yvette in Baby Boy. Her character was the perfect blend of attitude and vulnerability, while playing a woman who was doing the most to make her man ‘do right.’

Over the years, Taraji played a ton of roles and began to become more and more known in the mainstream world. However, she never changed her style, her flow, or her persona.  In interviews she was always funny, down-to-earth, and just real.  Southeast D.C. stand up!

She finally got the role of a lifetime playing Cookie in Fox’s Empire. You know Empire. It’s the show everyone’s watching and if you’re not watching you’re bragging about not watching. Taraji playing an animal print wearing, straight out a 90’s Lil’ Kim video, don’t take no shit won’t be no shit Cookie has you wondering if she’s doing any acting at all. Like where does Taraji end and Cookie began? The lines seem blurred for sure.

But everything was made clear when Taraji presented Regina King with an Emmy award on Sunday. Taraji, in the spirit of sisterhood and all that is holy, stood on that stage and clapped furiously while letting out a single yasssss in front of a majority White audience. That’s when I looked up from my TV and was like, “Oh Taraji is a real one.”

Not only is she a real one, but I’ve decided that she is the ultimate homegirl. The epitome of ride or die. The definition of sisters are doing it for themselves.  The one you want by your side when things are going left and totally sideways.

Here are a few things I think Taraji would do for you if she were your homegirl:

1. Do a popup/drive by with you to your man’s house: You know she is just a phone call away and ready to roll up with you to your man’s house unannounced because something ain’t right. And she won’t ask any questions.  

2. Be the Salt to your Pepa at a 90’s Reminisce party: She’ll be right there in her bamboo and gold chains (she might even have that asymmetrical haircut) reenacting the ‘Push It’ video.

3. Make you take Henny shots to lament your break up: While yelling fuck that nigga the whole time. Cause you know she’s drinking that brown.

4. Cuss someone out on your behalf: Carryout messed up your order and they don’t care? She’s cussing them out for you. A customer service representative tells you that you can’t get a refund? Hand her the phone right now so she can tell them what they not fina do.

5. Help you bust his car windows or slash his tires with you: You know she has her own tools at the ready so she don’t have to get ready.

6. Fry your chicken hard when you’re going through a hard time: And also make some mac and cheese and cornbread to help get you through.

7. Literally cut a motherfucka for talking across the table during Spades: Don’t try her. Ever.

8. Publicly hate that person on your behalf: Maybe it’s your coworker. Or your sister-in-law. Or your man’s “best” female friend. You don’t like them, but you can’t make it apparent that you don’t like them. But Taraji can. And she will. She will take all your stories, channel them, and turn them into a delicious rage on your behalf.

9. Help you cut up, burn, or bleach his clothes: Without hesitation or question. Notice, that Taraji asks no questions.

10. Help you pack: When you do decide to leave that no good dude, Taraji is there helping you pack your stuff and taking some of his shit too. Cause you earned it, girl.

11. Cheer for you or your child at graduation even though they said please hold your applause: What?! You don’t tell Taraji to hold her applause. Is you serious?! Do you know what it took to get us here?

12. Fight that ho: In the club. In the street. At a house party. In jeans. In stiletto pumps. In a bonnet. If she sees your man out with another chick, she’s fighting her. If there’s a ho who’s trying y’all, she’s fighting her. She’s taking off her earrings and she’s not asking no questions.

13. Fight that nigga: Especially if he hits you first. She’s fighting him.

14. Have y’all be the only two on the dance floor: Imagine walking into a spot where music is playing, but nobody is dancing. Taraji is definitely doing a ‘this is wack’ face, then saying it out loud, and then pulling you on the dance floor to get the party started. And that’s when the fun would begin.

15. Pull tissues out her bra during your wedding: As your maid of honor, she’s got everything you need to get you through your big day.

16. Make you a ‘Help Get You Through Your Breakup’ Mixtape: Replete with Mary J. Blige, Keyshia Cole, Erykah Badu, and K. Michelle.

17. Make you a ‘Ok Get Over That Nigga’ Mixtape – Replete with Trina, Lil’ Kim, Kanye West, and Beyoncé.

18. Let you cry: Without judgment.

19. Take you out for drinks: Because it’s your birthday. Because you got a promotion. Or a raise. Or bought a house. She’s taking you out for dranks, and she’s telling the whole bar about your accomplishment so they can buy you shots. Of Henny.

20. Tell you she loves you, she’s got your back, she’s proud of you: And you know she means it.

Diana Veiga

Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident and a freelance writer. Her work can be found at: Clutch, For Harriet, xoJane, and The Root. When not writing and being all official, Diana is a single Black female addicted to retail who also loves to drink Stoli, throw house parties, and quote Outkast.

  • Jennifer

    “8. Publicly hate that person on your behalf: Maybe it’s your coworker. Or your sister-in-law. Or your man’s “best” female friend. You don’t like them, but you can’t make it apparent that you don’t like them. But Taraji can. And she will. She will take all your stories, channel them, and turn them into a delicious rage on your behalf.”

    …and my heart just grew three sizes. That’s real friendship.

    • La Negra Bonita™


      • Melinda

        Yeah…people struggle with number 8 nowadays trying to take the “high road.” GTFOH.

  • miss t-lee

    I agreed with way too many of these.
    I’ve been the homegirl my girls call to pull a #1…lol

    • QuirlyGirly

      Me too! I’m all for helping my girls slow walk, roll up on or pop up on a cheating boyfriend. #youcandobadbyyourself

      • miss t-lee


  • roseduchess12

    I’ve known she was That Chick since when she got super drunk at the BET Awards after show a few years back. It was HILARIOUS and real.

    • PhlyyPhree

      She and Jody, I mean Tyrese came out with Ving and I wasn’t sure THEY remembered that the movie was over. And then she went to the aftershow with Tigger and let it be known that she had indeed, been on that brown throughout the night. Lol

  • camilleblu

    13. Fight that nucca: Especially if he hits you first. She’s fighting him.


    • Sigma_Since 93

      This reminds me of that TP show that’s on now. I caught a snippet and Ol girl was protecting her girl and told dude “Get outta here of Imma cut ya” Mind you there in the hospital. Dude goes to push past her and she hit him off ninja style with box cutter cuts to his right forearm.

  • Natasha


  • PunchDrunkLove

    #9, shamefully (not really), I did this some years ago. My kid’s dad. Mayne, I was no holds barred back in them days. LOLOLOL. I know Cookie would have been down for the cause. I ain’t need no help though. That’s why she is my spirit animal!!!

    Speaking of kid’s dad, he tryna come up. I’m writing this while talking to him. He’s tryna get me to have dinner with him tonight. He stopped by about an hour ago in his new Bmer and kicks. Noooow he wanna discuss “our daughter.” Where my bottle of bleach?

    • MsSula

      Cuffing Season in full effect. Loll.

      • PunchDrunkLove

        LOLOLOL….not for him. I’m one not built for cuffing :) Actually I have a real boo, like a permanent boo. And honestly, I could be cool and break bread and chop it up, but he’s not changed. He called me 11 times yesterday, wanted to flex with a new car, show he can still get fresh. That impressed me what 20 years ago? Naw boo, I got my own car, house, phone, money, etc. A different mindset might have gotten me to the table just to chat things up and reminisce. I can promise you had I gone along he would have tried to spend the night. NOPE!

  • Wild Cougar

    Yaaaaay Diana guuuuuuurl!!!!

  • Dcetstyle

    An awful lot on here about trifling dudes, just saying.
    Just kidding
    Love Taraji, talented and down to earth.

    • Jennifer

      “An awful lot on here about trifling dudes, just saying.”

      You know we’ve all been there, and that’s when your friends come in handy.


    No lie – my whole crew is Taraji!

  • cakes_and_pies

    Speaking of 13., has Wild Cougar fought that man on twitter yet? Do I need a periscope account to watch it???

    • Wild Cougar

      Naw girl, that man was bluffing.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Did ol girl ever give you the rematch? The last time we chatted about this she was scared.

      • cakes_and_pies

        He ain’t even make sense

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