Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is best known for playing the sassy and brassy Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire, but she’s channeled a less-well-known part of her life — her slow climb to the top — in a deeply personal memoir.


Around the Way Girl: A Memoir is a candid and brutally honest account of her life, she explained on Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Tuesday, because, “we need each other as humans. If my life experiences can help someone else in life, why not?”


She continued, “That’s what we’re here for as humans,” she said. We make the world go ‘round. We inspire each other as humans. I can’t even tell you how many stories I look at that keep inspiring me to get up every day and fighting the good fight.”

Henson said her fans were curious to learn more about her life as a single mom in college and moving to Los Angeles with only $700 in her pocket. “They had been reading about my interviews and they had seen me in my interviews, because, you know, I’ve always been candid, and so they’d be like, ‘Oh you had a son in college and you still graduated and you moved to L.A. with $700. How did you do it? You need to write a book. Your life is so inspirational,’” she recalled.


“And it’s like, God put me on the stage and he gave me the mic. What am I going to do? What am I going to do with this moment in life? How am I going to inspire other people? If people will be inspired by my story, little old me, then that’s my duty. That’s my duty as a human.”

After years in smaller movie and TV roles, Henson is now “reaping her harvest” as Empire‘s electric matriarch. “I worked,” she told ABC Radio’s GMA After Hours. “I worked my butt off. It wasn’t an overnight success for Taraji P. Henson,” the actress laughed.


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Amanda Goldben, more commonly known as Mz. On Point has always had a love for music, growing up in a household filled with music. Over the years she found herself more involved behind the scenes, then in the spotlight. She realized she wanted to help other obtain their dreams not just live her own. After working in a professional office setting and capacity for over 10 years, it was time to find something new. She wanted to find something that would fully utilized her skills and abilities, while still allowing her to be not only the main provider but also caregiver for her daughter. Almost accidentally discovering her love for music and her business skills could be used together Mz. On Point knew this was she was meant to do and began her research and networking to build not only her business and brand, but also those of the artists and clients she would be helping along the way. In November 2012 she realized that online promotions, public relations, and brand exposure where her “nitch”, all those years of office experience and computer work were showing their true worth and potential became endless. In a few short year she has had the privilege of working with some very influential people within the industry. In January of 2013 she began with DJ Shalamar and became a part of Team Fuego and now handles most of Southern Fuego’s social media & promotions. Attending sometimes dozens of events a month Mz. On Point quickly made a name for her brand throughout Central Florida. Being sure to attend key networking events, and conferences to not only network but more importantly to expand her knowledge of the industry and perfect the services she offers. January 2014 Mz On Point had the privilege of becoming apart of the infamous and world renowned DJ coalition, Team Bigga Rankin & the Cool Running DJs. May 2015 Mz On Point was honored to learn that she had been chosen to receive the Hard Hitta Award at the the 7th Annual SCM Awards which took place in Memphis, Tennessee. While she wasn't able to make the trip to accept the award one of her mentors Bigga Rankin accepted it on her behalf.

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