Taraji P. Henson was serving major looks when she guested on Jimmy Fallon’s Friday night episode of The Tonight Show, where she got real about one of her life’s highlights. During a candid moment with Jimmy, Henson revealed that working on Academy Award-nominated Hidden Figures was one of her proudest moments of her career. The film tells the story of the African American women who assisted NASA in the early years of the space program. Henson said she knew it was an important story to tell because of the lesson it teaches young women, especially young women of color.
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“There was an understanding that math and science was for boys,” She said of popular beliefs duing her time growing up. “If I had known about these women, maybe I wouldn’t have sat in the back of the math and science classrooms.”
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For her appearance on Fallon’s show, the 46-year-old stunner showed off her toned arms in a strappy black dress and her tint waust in a corset. As a gag, she accessorized with a St. Patrick’s Day-green mask with shamrock antennae and played the show’s popular drinking game, “Drinko” where contestants have to imbibe either delicious or disgusting beverages depending on where their chips falls on a board.
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Unfortunately, Taraji had to down a cabbage juice and Jameson whiskey cocktail—but as ever, she was a great sport. Now here’s a woman to look up to!