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Taraji P. Henson

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Over the weekend, Taraji P. Henson turned the iconic Saturday Night Live stage into a simulated church service,

complete with an accompanying choir.

“I spent so many years hustling in this business and now, I’m here, so I guess you can say I made it. Hallelujah!” she

said, before grabbing a microphone and breaking out into a charismatic performance fit for Sunday Morning.

Only the 10th woman of color to host SNL in its 40 year history, Henson, 44, delivered a bold, vocally solid and high

energy opening from Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

“Used to tip 5, but now it’s 30 percent,” she sang, as an 8-member choral ensemble, adorned in purple and gold robes,

sang in perfect harmony, “Cause she made it.”

The lyrics of the show opener listed a number of undesirable things Henson once did before her success in her role as

Cookie on Empire. It also included scenarios detailing what she could have currently been doing were it not for her hit


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