FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — NASA is holding a formal ceremony to rename a West Virginia facility after a mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth.
MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — George Mason University is naming a science and technology building in honor of the one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was told in the motion picture "Hidden...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family, friends and dignitaries including Ice Cube, Stevie Wonder and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were among those mourning director John Singleton at his Los Angeles funeral on...
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in...
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Review: ‘What Men Want’ is to avoid this blunder of a film
Not to kick off this review with a spoiler alert, but after seeing "What Men Want" the answer to what men want is probably the same as what women want: Not to be ripped off by yet another dubious rom-com like this.
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Henson and Badu say comments on R. Kelly misrepresented
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson and Erykah Badu want to clear the air.
The pair, who star together in the upcoming comedy "What Men Want," say their comments regarding R. Kelly have been taken totally out of context.
The "Empire" actress recently posted an Instagram story where she looked up the hashtag #MuteRKelly and later looked at one for #MuteHarveyWeinstein, noting there were much more for Kelly, and then typed "Hmmmm."
Henson, Badu respond to R. Kelly backlash
NASA facility renamed to honor Katherine Johnson
FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — A NASA facility is West Virginia has been renamed to honor mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth.
The structure in Fairmont is now known as the Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation Facility. News outlets report Congress passed a bill allowing the name change and President Donald Trump signed it into law on Dec. 11.
The move follows efforts by West Virginia leaders to have Johnson's contributions celebrated.
Katherine Johnson, at age 100, is telling her life story
NEW YORK (AP) — Retired NASA mathematician Katharine Johnson, who turned 100 last summer, has waited long enough to tell her own story.
‘Ralph’ stars’ introductions to the Internet
‘Ralph’ sequel packs a punch with strong female characters
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ralph Breaks the Internet" may star an arcade bad guy with powerful hammer-like fists, but the animated sequel is also packing a punch with strong female characters.
Sarah Silverman, who returns as the voice of Vanellope von Schweetz, credits Disney for including more impactful female roles in the new film, which comes out Wednesday. Her character is one of the leading ladies, along with new cast members Gal Gadot's Shank and Taraji P. Henson, who plays Yesss.
Abby Huntsman joining ‘The View’ in season 22 as a co-host
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former "Fox & Friends Weekend" host Abby Huntsman is joining "The View."
In a statement Tuesday, Huntsman said she was excited to return to her professional roots at ABC, where she began her journalism career.
She'll be working as a co-host with "The View" moderator Whoopi Goldberg and co-hosts including Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain.
INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — Katherine Johnson, the NASA mathematician whose calculations helped astronauts return to Earth, is being honored at her alma mater with a bronze statue and a scholarship in her name.
West Virginia State University says a dedication ceremony is planned for Aug. 25, the day before Johnson's 100th birthday.
Taraji P. Henson gushes about engagement
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NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson says it was literally love at first sight when she met her new fiance.
The "Empire" star became engaged to her boyfriend, former Super Bowl star Kelvin Hayden, on Mother's Day.
"I knew he was gonna pop the question because he all but told me himself. I just didn't know when. That surprised me. He just did it," Henson said Monday as she attended an annual event where Fox promotes its new TV lineup to advertisers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson got more than a card on Mother's Day.
The 47-year-old "Empire" actress got engaged to former Super Bowl star Kelvin Hayden.
Henson posted a photo on Instagram showing off her diamond ring. She says the day started with a Cartier love bracelet before the 34-year-old corner back dropped to his knee. She wrote, "I said yes y'all!"
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NEW YORK (AP) — Game on for "Ready Player One."
Steven Spielberg's virtual reality adventure launched slightly above expectations with $53.7 million over the four-day Easter weekend and $41.8 million over the three-day weekend, according to final box-office figures Monday. The opening gave Spielberg his best since 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," as well as 2018's high-grossing debut for anything not named "Black Panther."
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Perry says he knew if he was going to have Taraji P. Henson star in his latest film, he would have to work fast.
The writer-director filmed "Tyler Perry's Acrimony," his third collaboration with the actress, in a mere eight days.
Perry said it was easier to film the revenge thriller around Henson's "Empire" shooting schedule because she comes in prepared for a role, and she's especially good at playing bad characters.
"God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness" NEW
A fire and subsequent pressure from a local university threatens a congregation's existence and challenges its pastor. With David A.R. White, John Corbett, Shane Harper, Ted McGinley, Jennifer Taylor, Tatum O'Neal. Written and directed by Michael Mason.
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Taraji P. Henson stars as a woman wronged by her husband. With Lyriq Bent, Crystle Stewart, Ajiona Alexus, Antonio Madison. Written and directed by Tyler Perry.
A Spielbergian blockbuster, a faith-based drama and a new Tyler Perry movie are in theaters for this Easter weekend.
‘Ready Player One’
Steven Spielberg directs this story of a virtual reality chase for clues, based on the sci-fi novel and starring one of the year’s best young casts.
Henson gets her ‘Fatal Attraction’ moment
Box office top 20: ‘Jumanji’ hits No. 1 again
NEW YORK (AP) — After finishing second behind "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" for two weeks, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" notched its second straight weekend atop the North American box office, taking in $35.2 million over the four-day Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, according to final figures Tuesday.
Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama "The Post" took in $23.1 million in its nationwide launch, while the Liam Neeson thriller "The Commuter" opened with $15.8 million.
Winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards, announced Monday night in Pasadena, California:
‘Jumanji’ tops ‘The Post,’ ‘The Commuter’ at MLK box office
NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Taraji P. Henson and Paddington Bear and all rushed into movie theaters over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, but "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" still roared the loudest with an estimated $27 million in ticket sales, Friday to Sunday.
The action flick, all but buried by its studio, has some good hidden deep in its rubble
"Proud Mary" is a flawed shoot-em-up whose heart may be in the right place, but its head is nursing a gaping wound.
Fogerty irked ‘Proud Mary’ film borrows from his song’s name
NEW YORK (AP) — John Fogerty says he's annoyed that Taraji P. Henson's new film, "Proud Mary," borrows from his popular song's name without his involvement.
Fogerty does not own the rights to his classic song. In a statement released Thursday, he says "it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music" for their own financial gain.
Henson plays a hit woman in "Proud Mary," to be released on Friday. Its trailer uses Tina Turner's version of Fogerty's 1969 song.
Taraji P. Henson's boyfriend Kelvin Hayden tries to persuade her to workout with him.
The 'Empire' actress recently confirmed she is in a relationship with the 34-year-old ex-NFL player, and now she has revealed he is keen for them to exercise together as a couple, but she does not hit the gym as much as he does.
The 'Proud Mary' actress told E!: "He works out more than me. Isn't that always the case though? He'll try, 'Come on baby, let's go!' I'm like, 'Tomorrow...' That's me.
New movies this week: Liam Neeson in action, a big news story and a little bear’s adventure
Liam Neeson action, Steven Spielberg and friends and the cutest bear in films are among the stars on big-screens this weekend.
Liam Neeson plays a man on his daily commute caught up in a criminal conspiracy/mystery, and yes, it looks a lot like “Non-Stop” meets “Unknown.”
New films: Liam Neeson on a train, Taraji P. Henson gets ‘Proud’ and Paddington returns
This small British indie, directed by newcomer Joe Stephenson, comes to these shores on a wave of good reviews in the English press. Scott Chambers stars as a boy stuck in rural poverty, an environment that does everything to work against him.
Playing on video-on-demand beginning Jan. 16.
Liam Neeson fights the good fight, again, in this thriller set aboard a commuter train. Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Elizabeth McGovern and Sam Neill co-star.
‘Hidden figure’ studied effects of space travel; still too excited to retire at 80
MIDWAY, Ky. -- Sara Day Evans compares her mother Joyce to the "hidden figures" NASA computational whizzes profiled in 2016's hit movie starring Taraji P. Henson. The women in the film did the mathematics during the early years of the United States space program.
"Most of her acquaintances and the thousands of people she has fed at her home in Midway, Ky., through the years have no idea the groundbreaking work she has done with NASA," Sara Evans wrote of Joyce McClendon Evans in a message.
Duo goes viral with photos of black girls with natural hair
ATLANTA (AP) — The kinks. The waves. The twists. The blooming afro.
Atlanta photography duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt want to celebrate the versatility and beauty of natural hair.
A year ago, the owners of CreativeSoul Photography launched the "AfroArt" series, which features African-American girls in all their natural hair glory.
Taraji P. Henson has confirmed she is dating Kelvin Hayden.
The 'Empire' actress has opened up about being in a long-term relationship with the former NFL player, two years after the couple sparked speculation they were dating after being pictured holding hands together while on holiday.
Speaking on ESSENCE's 'Yes, Girl!' podcast, she said: "I'm happy in my personal life. Finally it has happened to me.
With the yuletide season now in full effect, Fox presents a full night of holiday programming, beginning with "Showtime at the Apollo Christmas," airing Thursday at 8 p.m.
The Lyon family returns for another season of crime and chaos when "Empire" premieres in a new time slot — 8 p.m., Wednesday on Fox. In the Season 4 premiere, titled "Noble Memory," the network states that Lucious (Terrence Howard) makes his first appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse, Claudia (guest star Demi Moore).
Pam Grier dishes dirt on being a female action star, Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) — Even at 68, Pam Grier looks like she can still kick butt.
And the looks don't deceive, Grier said. While having never played a superhero, "I'm super in real life," said Grier, smiling and flicking back some of her flowing hair.
Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson will host “Black Girls Rock! 2017, airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on BET.
Recorded on Aug. 5 before a live audience at the Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., the awards program is now in its ninth year. It was created by philanthropist Beverly Bond and celebrating the contributions of Black women in the fields of music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects.
Taraji P. Henson has urged women to “eat with confidence.”
The “Empire” star — who plays outspoken mother Loretha “Cookie” Lyon in the series — believes ladies need to stop spending so much time a day deciding what is best for them to eat and have fewer “feelings of guilt” about what they consume on a regular basis.
‘Empire,’ ‘Star’ worlds intersect on season openers
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Queen Latifah says she easily envisioned a "Star" crossover episode with "Empire" even if the executive producer for the shows didn't.
Latifah said both dramas deal with the music industry and their characters share similarities. For instance, she said, her character, Carlotta Brown, and Taraji P. Henson's Cookie Lyon on "Empire" are strong, powerful women.
Producer Lee Daniels said the crossover set for their season debuts was Fox's idea, not his, but seemed logical.
Stars honoured at Black Girls Rock Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has been added to the list of honorees at BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards.
BET said the congresswoman will earn the Social Humanitarian Award for "being a fearless and outspoken advocate for under-served population." The event, hosted by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, takes place Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson will host BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards honoring "Insecure" creator and star Issa Rae and others.
BET said the Oscar nominee and "Empire" actress will host the Aug. 5 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Rae, who is the also the writer behind "Insecure," will receive the Star Power Award. The HBO show launched its second season this week.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network says Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on "Empire" this fall.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snoop Dogg, Shonda Rhimes, "Weird Al" Yankovic and late entertainers Bernie Mac and Steve Irwin will be receiving stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame next year.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce revealed the 2018 honorees Thursday.
Other recipients include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Taraji P. Henson, RuPaul, Simon Cowell, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and Lynda Carter.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Spacey will have some starry names helping him hand out Tony Awards: Orlando Bloom, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Josh Gad, Taraji P. Henson, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Keegan-Michael Key and Olivia Wilde have all signed up to help present trophies.
Spacey, who won Oscars for the movies "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty" and a Tony Award in 1991 in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," is making his debut as host of the telecast on June 11.