tarajipicWith Oscar buzz abound following her role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, actress Taraji P. Henson is set to be one to watch in 2009.

Born in Washington, DC, Ms. Henson’s first professional acting role was in 1997 on the sitcom, ‘Sister, Sister.’ It would be an understatement to say that “she’s come a long way, baby!” Her first major motion picture role was 2001’s Baby Boy, directed by John Singleton and also starring singer/actor Tyrese Gibson. This was when I first became aware of her, although to this day, I’ve never seen Baby Boy all the way through. I primarily took notice of Ms. Henson because she, like myself, is a native of Washington, DC.

Over the years, Taraji P. Henson has taken on a variety of television and movie roles, including a regular role on the Lifetime network series, The Division, and a breakout role in 2005’s ode to the life of a Southern pimp and wannabe rapper, Hustle & Flow.

Ms. Henson is currently starring in the film, Not Easily Broken,  based on a book by T.D. Jakes. I’m sure we’ll be seeing much more to come from this talented performer in 2009 and beyond.