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The long-awaited 'Empire' spin-off, featuring Taraji P. Henson, has been put on hold indefinitely and probably forever.

The hip-hop soap opera, which was canceled last year due to poor ratings and the Jussie Smollett scandal, was set to transform into a new spin-off series.

However, Taraji - who plays the part of Cookie Lyon - revealed that plans for the new show have been delayed again.

Taraji explained that the new series - which was originally due to air last year - was "put to rest".

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"I think we're gonna put it to rest for a sec. For me, the script has to be right. It has to be worthy of the audience. We have to give the audience something incredible, and sometimes, I think you need time, time away. I think absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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Jussie was let go from 'Empire' after he was arrested for perpetrating a hoax involving two friends who were paid to shout racial and homophobic slurs at him, pour bleach on the actor and tie a noose around his neck in January 2019.

Meanwhile, Taraji is preparing to host the BET Awards this weekend in Los Angeles.

She told 'Entertainment Tonight', "It's all about the fashion. I would have to say for this one, it's about the entrance. I'm always going to try to make you laugh and forget about the woes and the troubles of the world, so look forward to a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, because that's what I like to do."

Taraji also revealed that the upcoming show will focus on celebrating the influence and achievements of black women, like Queen Latifah.

She said: "What I love particularly about this year, is that we are celebrating the black woman. This is the year of the black woman because the black woman has made incredible strides in changing history, politics, music - you name it, we done it."

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King Von's ex-girlfriend Asian Doll is still working through the five stages of grief after the gangbanger was fatally shot during an argument outside an Atlanta nightclub in November.

The Doll and the 26-year-old Chicago rapper had already parted ways by the time of his death. But you wouldn't know that by the grief the Doll has displayed in frequent social media posts and videos.

She even tatted his face on her hand as an example of her undying love for the rapper who probably wasn't thinking about her during his final days above ground.

In an interview with Taraji P. Henson on an upcoming "Peace of Mind with Taraji" Facebook Watch episode, Asian Doll explained how she is coping with the grief of losing an ex.

She claims King Von was her first love and she was "real hard" on her "soulmate" when they broke up "six days" before he died.

"My whole world just crashed," she said. "I never felt a feeling like that. It's like I was just broken.... This is my first love. My first real boyfriend."

She said she learned of his death on social media. She also discussed the relentless mocking and taunting from followers who insist she is just a clout chasing sociopath, since no one ever heard of her before King Von's tragic demise.

Taraji, who is not a therapist, ramps up the emotional factor by handing the Doll some tissue -- and even dabbing her own fake tears.

Your skepticism is justified. This is the same Asian Doll who -- a whole month before King Von died -- tweeted, "Please have at least 3 body's [sic] before you talk to me Boy I like killers."
 

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Taraji P. Henson admits she battled suicidal thoughts at the height of the coronavirus lockdown and considered shooting herself in the head.

Speaking on her Facebook Watch show "Peace of Mind with Taraji" on Wednesday, Dec. 23, the Empire star told Dr. LaShonda Green about her situational depression.

"During this pandemic, it's been hard on all of us and I had a moment. I had a dark moment. I was in a dark place," she confessed. "For a couple of days, I couldn't get out of bed, I didn't care. That's not me.

"Then I started having thoughts about ending it. It happened two nights in a row and I purchased a gun not too long ago; it's in a safe, and I started like, 'I could go in there right now and end it all, because I want it to be over'.

"I thought about my son, he's grown, he'll get over it. I didn't care. I felt myself withdrawing. People were calling me, I wasn’t responding, I didn’t care."

But Taraji overcame her suicidal ideations by confiding in a dear friend.

"I felt like, if I don't say it, it becomes a plan," she added. "What scared me is I did it two nights in a row. First, it was like, 'I don't wanna be here'. Then I started thinking about going to get the gun and that’s why when I woke up the next morning, I blurted it out."

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Taraji is among the Hollywood stars whose careers and incomes have taken a hit due to the lockdowns. She also recently broke up with her fiancé, NFL player Kelvin Hayden, whom she began dating in 2018.

Adding to her woes, a planned Empire spin-off series featuring her character Cookie Lyon was shelved. She has also been very open about her mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or in a crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained counselors are waiting to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Mahershala Ali refused to perform a sex scene with Taraji P. Henson in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for religious reasons.

The Muslim actor agreed to star in director David Fincher's 2008 fantasy romance on the condition he would not have to simulate intercourse in a scene featured in the original script.

"So my old agent called me and said, 'Mahershala, you got the part.' And I said, 'There's just one thing, there is that one sex scene where they kiss. If there's a sex scene, I can't do it. I don't do simulated sex,'" he said during an appearance on rapper Common's Mind Power Mixtape podcast.

"(In the final shoot) Taraji and I begin to kiss, and we fall out of the frame. It wasn't clear if (Fincher) was trying to have like some bumping and grinding, which I doubt he was. But for me even, at that time, 15 years ago, I was still like, 'OK, I can only go up to this point,' just because of - just trying to hold a space of respect for my religion."

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The Oakland, California native was born to a Christian family and was named after a Biblical figure. He converted to the Ahmadiyya Muslim faith as an adult. He married Amatus Sami-Karim in 2013 and the couple welcomed a daughter named Bari in 2017.

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Taraji P. Henson confirmed rumors that she and her fiancé Kelvin Hayden have gone their separate ways.

The Empire star broke the news during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Monday, Oct. 19.

The 50-year-old Virgo explained that she and the former NFL player tried to fix their problems with therapy sessions, but she said they were "not on the same page".

"It didn't work out," Taraji said. "I tried. I said, 'Let's do the therapy thing', but if you're both not on the same page with that, then you feel like you're taking it on yourself and that's not a fair position for anybody to play in a relationship."

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She added, "My happiness is not his responsibility and his is not mine. We have to first learn how to make ourselves happy, to make each other happy. So when one person is taking on the weight of the entire relationship, it's never going to work... You have to still stand up for yourself and be there for yourself, but it's hard to do if the other person isn't doing that either."

Taraji said she learned in therapy that men are not emotional creatures. They shut down when women nag them.

"I just found out, in our therapy sessions, that men have fewer words than women. I didn't know that. They run out of words. Because women are emotional, we want to talk through everything," she told Playboy magazine.

"Of course we have more words; we're the communicators," said Taraji. "Kelvin, he thinks he's a comedian. Anytime we're in a disagreement or I'm like, 'We need to talk about this', he'll look at me and say, 'Baby, I done ran out of words'."

But Taraji hasn't given up on love: "I'm dedicated to the black man, y'all."

The actress and Kelvin, 37, became engaged in 2018, but they grew apart during the forced coronavirus lockdowns that have laid waste to many Hollywood marriages.

Taraji confessed she was considering holding her wedding in her garden after the coronavirus pandemic threw her plans into chaos.

The actress' nuptials were initially set for April 4, but she and Kelvin were forced to pushed the date back to June due to bad weather - and then they canceled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

"It's a mess. It's a mess, so it might be in the backyard," she told Entertainment Tonight. "It's probably going to be a backyard wedding. It would break my mother's heart, (after) all these years, she had been wanting to see me get married and it's got to be virtually?"

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Taraji P. Henson celebrated her 50th birthday in a sexy 2-piece bikini on the bucolic island of Cabo San Lucas on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.

The Oscar nominated 'Hidden Figures' actress celebrated the milestone with friends and associates. She showed off her bikini bod and partied until the sun went down.

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Taraji turned 50 on Sept. 11, but she barely looks a day over 45! The Empire star works out in the gym daily to keep her bod in shape. But she took a few days off to celebrate with her friends.

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Celebrity photographer Thad McAdams went along on the trip to capture the excitement.

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Taraji P. Henson opened up about a musty odor emanating from her very first hairweave sew-in which she kept in for too long.

The 'Hidden Figures' star says she wore hairweave to protect her natural hair. But she left the extensions in too long (for months) and she was "embarrassed" when she had the extensions removed and released a strong musty odor that nearly knocked out her hairstylist!

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"The first time I went to get the weave taken out, it smelled like mildew. I was so embarrassed," she told ALLURE magazine.

The mother-of-one said she learned that day that she didn't do a good job washing her weave extensions, which allowed bacteria and fungus to grow under the extensions.

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"I was washing my hair, but what I wasn't doing was drying the weft. When you have weave or an install, your hair is braided down and then sometimes they sew a [hair] net down on top of that and then they sew the hair tracks on top of that," she explained.

"So my dilemma was, how do I get to my scalp? How do I clean it? I didn't ever want that mildew smell again."

The 49-year-old actress now has a room full of custom weave pieces to choose from, but her first experience with mildew weave led her to develop her affordable TPH haircare line for women too busy to take out their weave for weeks.

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Taraji said she experimented with her own dry shampoo concoction to clean her scalp under the weave.

"The first thing I used was Sea Breeze [skin astringent]. I needed some relief! I found a little bottle, like the ones they put the dye in with the nozzle on top, and put the Sea Breeze in it. It helped, but it dries your hair out. It gets brittle.

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"So I had to figure out how to get moisture down to my braids and clean my scalp. That's what the TPH haircare line is about. It's about scalp care -- and serving looks."

Taraji stressed that her haircare line is not just for "natural hair."

"I don't want people to think that this is a line that is just targeted at natural hair. This line is also for wigs. It's for installs, braids, locs, straight hair, curly hair [that] needs moisture."

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Taraji P. Henson is apparently pregnant with her 2nd child. The Empire actress shocked her fans by posting an image on Instagram that showed her embracing a growing baby bump.

Taraji and her longterm boyfriend, former NFL player Kelvin Hayden, 36, are engaged to be married.

The star's fans were stunned by the photo. She is already mom to son Marcell Johnson, a 25-year-old actor, who appeared alongside her in episodes of Fox TV's Empire.

Taraji is best known for her role as Cookie Lyon on the Fox soap opera. She was nominated for an Academy award for playing the Black mom of a white disabled child in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).

In 2016, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is also a best-selling author releasing her autobiography titled Around the Way Girl in 2016.

Congratulations to the happy couple.
 

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