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[MUSIC] I'm here with the beautiful and talented Taraji P. Henson. How are you? I'm great, thank you. [CROSSTALK] Thank you so much. And the duchess. [LAUGH] Well I mean, it's kind of obvious to everyone, but I like to just remind them and throw that one in there. [LAUGH] Thank you. [MUSIC] It's so important for us, who have made it, to reach back and bring new faces along. I'm not gonna last forever. It's time for us to start cultivating these new talents. To keep pushing forward- Keep pushing forward, and keep passing the torch. There's so, So many stories to tell and so much talent out here. [MUSIC] There's so many African American women not only in front of the lens but also behind now. Behind, cinematographers, DPs. Writers, producers, everyone, how do you feel about that? I don't want to call it a movement because I feel like it makes it sound almost temporary. But how do you feel about that role? From that evolution? I mean, it's about time. I'm really looking forward to the moment where we're not saying the first black American. I'm so sick of hearing that. Right. I'm so sick of hearing that. It's 2015. Are we still really talking about this? About that, you know? Right. So okay, yes, let's do it. Let's get it out of the way, let's push through, come on through. So it can just be oh, she's an incredible actor, not Black actor. It separates, especially when they say, oh that's a Black film, this Black film this, this Black film that. It's like, okay when you say that, non-Blacks feel like it doesn't pertain to them. Mm-hm. And what we're seeing with Empire You're just not hearing that much any more. Right. Because the show and subject matter and how we deal with it is crossing over. It's not a black show anymore. People see themselves in these characters and that's what I've worked so hard for.

Taraji P. Henson: "It's Time For Us To Start Cultivating These New Talents"

Taraji P. Henson opens up about passing the torch to new talent, the impact of Empire and more!