Start by marking “Around the Way Girl” as Want to Read: From Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe winner, and star of the new motion picture Hidden Figures, Taraji P. Henson, comes an inspiring and funny book about family, friends, the hustle required to make it from DC to. Around the Way Girl: A Memoir [Taraji P. Henson, Denene Millner] on site. com. Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers . Book Review -Around the way girl: Taraji P Henson. 15 March - Leave a Comment. Taraji -Bool. I must admit I wasn't the biggest fan of Empire. I became a .
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Close Me Looking for Something? If you have ever wondered what makes Taraji P. Henson an extraordinary woman, actress, person or friend, you need only open her memoir, Around the Way Girl, and fall in Taraji pulls no punches, enacts no stunts and evades the 'star' temptation of glamorizing her journey to the place she now dwells.
She offers no apologies, not for her childhood challenges, her teenage errors or keeping a wall of honesty between her and the rest of the world. Love her or not, Taraji embodies the pla If you have ever wondered what makes Taraji P.
Love her or not, Taraji embodies the place we all have been and the destiny we aspire to. I had walked the thin line of contemplation before I opened this book. I wondered what story could come from Taraji P.
Henson that would be filled with commonality -- what could she essentially tell us that we couldn't assume from her Baby Boy or Empire appearances? I was, admittedly, pleasantly surprised by the story she told. Along the journey, she remained Taraji. She writes: A friend arranged my meeting with Vince, but he made it clear he wasn't looking for new clients; at the time, he already had a power roster, including Halle Berry, and taking a chance on a young, inexperienced black actress at a time when roles for actresses who looked like me were few and far between wasn't a priority.
But I got to him by standing in front of that man and being regular ol' Taraji from southeast DC, with my slightly country drawl and one fingernail painted bright red. After that, Vince launched questions at me in rapid fire succession, sand i answered each of them easily and truthfully, hiding nothing.
I told him how I'd studied acting at Howard and got pregnant in my junior year -- how I came to Los Angeles with my baby and only seven hundred dollars to my name, but a passion for my craft as wide as the Pacific.
Taraji shouts on the page, with the same fervor as she does on stage, that failure is the option for the other person. I enjoyed this book; enjoyed venturing into her world and making it a part of my own. There were grandiose, even preachy moments, but they were honest and real.
They allowed us to relate and reflect. They made us think about who she is and why she is. They made us love her, perhaps infectiously. Simply stated Nov 02, Naori rated it really liked it Shelves: Reasons to suspend intellectual conversation for a moment and just fangirl it out: She got so into a character once that she yelled at herself and upset her dog, Uncle Willie.
She named her dog Uncle Willie. She did a major photo shoot in just her braids. She's just as confused as the rest of us by what squadgoals means. She drives a Jeep Cherokee and takes Ubers home from the bar. You know if you had that same moment with her that she did with Mary J. Blige, she'd just turn around Reasons to suspend intellectual conversation for a moment and just fangirl it out: Blige, she'd just turn around and hug you right back.
There's one story Taraji tells towards the end of the book where she is in Paris taking a tour of Coco Chanel's old apartment, and the guide shows them a set of charm boxes given to Coco by a longtime lover of hers, the Duke of Westminster. They are on the outside, of course quite attractive, but when you open them up they are coated in 24 carat gold. The real value in the boxes was the intimacy of light that only came from the inside, which could only be know when opened. I think this intimacy of light is exactly what Taraji gives us here in this memoir.
Yes, there is absolute beauty on the outside but the stories within are so full of jest and wisdom and grit. The kind of grit that you get when you dive to deep in the ocean, when the sand gets between your teeth and you can crunch on it - these words are crunchy.
She also has a powerful way of gracefully dismissing sorrow by just refusing to let it move in and unpack its bags.
Her dedication, not only to her craft but to her perception of life, is unwavering. She makes you believe that there are people out there like that, with light hidden on the inside; we want there to be people like her, in any field, and we want to be a person like that ourselves. Now it is not lost on me that this was probably heavily edited, no doubt told through a sieve, leaving many things left out.
But to me that makes it all the more powerful. Because her story, and I believe her life, are both about belief and hope; this very much translated over to me while I was reading it, and in that way it couldn't be more authentic.
On that note, I am going to imagine myself curling up on one of her couches, listening to some Nina Simone, sipping a glass of wine and reading through screenplays. Feb 06, YupIReadIt rated it it was amazing. I am going to have to find a way to put into words my feelings about this book someway somehow. Dec 09, Joy Olivia rated it it was amazing. I do this weird thing when I read celebrity memoirs: I judge them.
I don't care so much if they are well written. Shonda Rhimes's Year of Yes was a freaking work of art. I couldn't make it through a page without stopping to underline something. So good! The two factors to my judging?
I rate them by how authentic they are, and I critique them on whether or not I think they would be a good friend IRL. Are they being I do this weird thing when I read celebrity memoirs: Are they being real? Are they cherry-picking stories that only make them look good? Or, are they keeping it superficial, the deepest revelation being random name-dropping that I surmise they think makes them look good.
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But, here's the thing about Around the Way Girl: After finishing Taraji P. Henson's book, you're going to be an even bigger fan.
She is genuine.
She shares the good and bad. And, she does so in a way that will make you like her so much that you'll wish she was your friend. You end up thinking she's the kind of person who would tell you if you had broccoli in your teeth and if you need to dump a bad news boyfriend but who would also be happy for your successes, never be jealous, and encourage you to go further than you think you can. These traits I feel like she got from her parents. The stories about her mom and her dad were my favorite.
My only complaint? I wished it might have included a little more. I was bummed when it was done. Of course, I suppose she has to leave something for a follow-up book, no? Don't you just love it? That's what I mean about sharing the goofy along with the awesome.
Now rush out and get the book so that you can read all the details about this and more. I don't want to share too much and spoil it for you. Nov 03, Maya B rated it really liked it Shelves: I really enjoyed this one. Taraji is one of my favorite actresses. What I liked most about this memoir was everything I read was all new to me because her personal life is not all over social media. Mar 12, Koko Lewis rated it it was ok. I can understand why people like this book, but it is not for me.
I am not a fan of hers, but I respect her accomplishments. In her attempt to be real and display her "hustler" spirit she came off braggadocios. I learned about h I can understand why people like this book, but it is not for me. I learned about her, but not the character jewels that I look for in autobiographies.
She is an "around the way girl" and overy dramatic, which caused me to smh and eye roll plenty of times through out this book. View all 3 comments. Dec 07, pianogal rated it liked it Shelves: I love Taraji, but I didn't love this book. It wasn't bad, but it just felt like it talked about surface topics and was flat. I wanted to know more about the rolls she went after and the audition process and to dig a little deeper. Not bad, but just kinda blah.
Aug 01, Eilonwy rated it really liked it Recommended to Eilonwy by: It's so hard to rate memoirs! This one is more linear than most of the others I've read this year, as Taraji P. Henson goes through her life from early childhood as the daughter of divorced parents she was lucky enough to have good relationships with both of them ; through her teens and into college, where she honed her character acting skills while working and being pregnant her junior year and a single mother her senior year; and into adulthood, when she and her baby moved to California to pu It's so hard to rate memoirs!
Henson goes through her life from early childhood as the daughter of divorced parents she was lucky enough to have good relationships with both of them ; through her teens and into college, where she honed her character acting skills while working and being pregnant her junior year and a single mother her senior year; and into adulthood, when she and her baby moved to California to pursue her dream of becoming a working actress.
If you don't like women who appreciate their own talents and hard work, then this is not a book for you. Taraji knows her own value and is determined to make sure other people see it. She's been acting since she was in middle school; she was trained by some very fine talents; and she puts in a lot of work researching the characters she plays, developing their backstories and understanding their lives so she can completely embody them.
She also spends a lot of time watching movies and studying other people's acting techniques in order to keep learning. I was struck by how similar this is to being a writer, in the need to truly understand all your characters through and through, no matter how "minor" they may seem.
Her most powerful and political chapters are the ones on raising a black boy and being a single mother. I especially appreciated the vulnerability she shows when she discusses how she and her son have a healthy relationship now because they were brave enough to go get therapy after his father died, and learn to be open and honest with each other.
She also has plenty to say about the Hollywood pay gap, both between men and women, and between white and black actors. I found this a quick, meaty, and inspiring read.
Taraji P. Henson believes in going after what she was made for, and in knowing her own worth. And she wants her reader to feel that about themself, too. Thanks to Lola's super-short review which put this book on my radar! Oct 17, Lekeisha The Booknerd rated it really liked it Shelves: Funny and inspiring, Around the Way Girl is a pretty great memoir. Taraji holds nothing back about her success and failures, family, and an industry that is not always rainbows and sunshine. Such a perfect title for this memoir.
Full RTC! Henson shares details of her upbringing in a tough part of Washington D. From emotional details about her relationship with her father to her first experience auditioning in Los Angeles, she lets it all hang out.
It takes a lot of courage to put all your truths on display for the world to critique. As open as I am, I can't imagine sharing so much of myself with just anyone.
I admire Taraji for having that courage. She actually speaks quite a bit about how her relationship with her father led to that fearlessness. I'm certain there are a lot of "around the way girls" who share similar experiences and will grow from seeing how dedication and hard work can lead to success.
Anyone can grow from even the most humble beginnings to achieve whatever dreams they aspire too. This book is honest, engaging, raw at times, funny, and real. It's everything I imagine Taraji to be. I enjoyed it very much. View all 4 comments.
Jan 10, Classy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did not want her story to end. It felt like I was chatting with my good, good girlfriend. Taraji is raw, funny and definitely in your face. This is a story, I can re-read. Feb 25, Green. Definitely get this one on audio. Taraji's reading adds so much to her story. Her memoir is inspirational, entertaining and feels authentic to her. A must-read for fans. Oct 01, Seymone rated it liked it. Why did I pick it up?
I picked up this book because I really like Taraji Henson and the various characters that she has played. I wanted to get a grasp of who she is as a person and who had a hand in making her that person. I wanted to understand her drive and what makes her want to hustle so hard. Also, I believe you can learn a lot about life through the lives of others.
I would also say minorities that are now entering the industry and wants an inside look as to what one could face. Are there illustrations? I do not think so. I listened via Audibles.