Exclusive! Taraji P. Henson: I Never Said I Was Over Dating Black Men!

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During a recent interview on The Wendy Williams Show, Taraji P. Henson made a comment that might have raised a few eyebrows. But the actress tells us exclusively that she was simply, misquoted.

“They [media] said I was done with Black men,” Henson told us during an interview to talk about her forthcoming film, From the Rough.  “I have a Black son, what are you saying, what does that mean?”

She continued, “I said that I have started dating other cultures, so it was a celebration of other cultures and not a put down of my own. That’s stupid. Why would I say I’m done with Black men. That’s dumb.”

While discussing her love life with Wendy, Henson revealed that she has been stepping outside of the box, telling the talkshow host that she enjoys dating men in other countries.

“I’m dating. I can’t say that I’m done totally with American men but I am very excited about my finds over [in Europe],” she told Williams. “I think there is a cultural difference with men from other countries. They are not as bitter and jaded and closed up as a lot of the men here. I’m not saying all men, I can’t say that I’m done with American man, I’ll never say that,” she told Williams.

During our sit down with the 43-year-old beauty, the star also gave advice for young women looking for Mr. Right. “Broaden your spectrum,” she said.

From the Rough hits theaters April 25.

  • C.T.

    Who says Taraji P. Henson was referring to black men? Certainly not
    Taraji! If she did not say it, then how could she have “given the
    impression” that she was referring to black men? The media needs to own
    its efforts to slander Taraji P. Henson, plain and simple! In fact, Ms.
    Henson tweeted on her account (@TheRealTaraji) on
    Wednesday 4/16, that she was not speaking to black men and asked that
    the headlines be corrected. Certain media outlets instead redistributed
    the misquotes rather than issue a correction. Wendy Williams mentioned
    Europe, not Ms. Henson. This is particularly inexcusable since the video
    of her Wendy Wiliiams interview is available and clearly contradicts
    these headlines. There are plenty of non-American men of color (Idris
    Elba anyone).

    What bothers me about the focus on this non-issue, besides her being
    misquoted, is that the timing is very suspicious. Many of the articles
    fail to mention the movie at all! Oscar Nominee Henson is currently on a
    media tour to promote her new film From The Rough. She is cast as lead
    in a film about the accomplishments of another black woman (a rarity in
    Hollywood). Compared to the misquote, how many headlines have we seen
    about the film? And how often does the media bombard black male
    athletes/celebs with questions regarding their decision to date women of
    other cultures?

    Why would dating other cultures even be considered a headline in 2014?
    Taraji P. Henson has recently been quite vocal about the lack of
    films/roles for black Women in Hollywood, so why is misquoting Ms.
    Henson the focus of black media during this time? There would be more
    leading roles for black women in Hollywood if black actors demanded that
    actresses of color be cast opposite them (here’s an idea for an article
    or headline). By the way, From The Rough opens 4/25. Go to @FromTheRoughMov #FROMTHEROUGHMOVIE or Taraji’s verified twitter account (@TherealTaraji) for further details.

  • Robyn M

    All respect to Ms. Hensen, but she did say other cultures ” are not as bitter and jaded and closed up as a lot of the men here.”

    First off, you don’t date cultures, you date people. Second if you’re attracting bitter, jaded, and closed up, maybe you should look in the mirror to figure out why. Last, could her freewheeling comments hurt her movie at the box office?
    Ms Hensen is not the first celebrity to criticize her own people, and she won’t be the last.

    • C.T.

      Why should it hurt her box office? Oh, that’s right…only black men are allowed to date other cultures or races! The day we see projects by black male athletes, singers, actors boycotted and ignored by the media (the black media in particular) and Civil Rights leaders attacked for dating outside their race or culture… we can call declare things as equal. Let’s stick with the topic of discrimination for a second. When was the last time we’ve seen a positive movie (about a black woman), lead by an Emmy/Oscar Nominated black actress, in theaters? Compare that to how often have we’ve seen movies with black men capture the box office without 1 positive role in the film for a black actress. Yet, black male media execs are more than happy to engage in slander by misquoting Ms.Henson during the press tour for this important film! Taraji spent 90% of her interview with Wendy Williams discussing the lack of roles for black women in Hollywood. She also spoke about her journey as an independent, working single mom to her current status as an Oscar Nominee. She has also been very vocal about black actresses being paid less for their work. But where are all of the headlines on the latter topics of discussion? Clearly, some men (black men in particular) in media, Hollywood and etc. have projected their insecurities on to Ms.Henson. By industry standards, as an Oscar nominee, she should receive top billing on projects such as Think Like A Man. But can the “enlightened brothers” who attack Taraji handle that? Which only proves her point that “some men” are indeed “bitter and jaded!” Some don’t want to close the economic gap between black men and black women. I truly believe that she was not only speaking on dating but also her experiences with men in her industry! FROM THE ROUGH is the name of the film and it opens 4/25. I’m pleased to see that based on the comments left under (the many) articles circulated, that most agree with her! Most also agree that Taraji was misquoted or even purposely slandered in an attempt to block her film. However, the naivety of a few black women is also a surprise to the majority.

  • C.T.

    Why should it hurt her box office? Oh, that’s right…only black men are
    allowed to date other cultures or races! The day we see projects by
    black male athletes, singers, actors boycotted and ignored by the media
    (the black media in particular) and Civil Rights leaders attacked for
    dating outside their race or culture… we can call declare things as
    equal. Let’s stick with the topic of discrimination for a second. When
    was the last time we’ve seen a positive movie (about a black woman),
    lead by an Emmy/Oscar Nominated black actress, in theaters? Compare that
    to how often have we’ve seen movies with black men capture the box
    office without 1 positive role in the film for a black actress. Yet,
    black male media execs are more than happy to engage in slander by
    misquoting Ms.Henson during the press tour for this important film!
    Taraji spent 90% of her interview with Wendy Williams discussing the
    lack of roles for black women in Hollywood. She also spoke about her
    journey as an independent, working single mom to her current status as
    an Oscar Nominee. She has also been very vocal about black actresses
    being paid less for their work. But where are all of the headlines on
    the latter topics of discussion? Clearly, some men (black men in
    particular) in media, Hollywood and etc. have projected their
    insecurities on to Ms.Henson. By industry standards, as an Oscar
    nominee, she should receive top billing on projects such as Think Like A
    Man. But, can “the enlightened brothers” who are attacking Taraji
    handle that? Which only proves her point that “some men” are indeed
    “bitter and jaded!” Some don’t want to close the economic gap between
    black men and black women. I truly believe that she was not only
    speaking on dating but also her experiences with men in her industry!
    FROM THE ROUGH is the name of the film and it opens 4/25. I’m pleased to
    see that based on the comments left under (the many) articles
    circulated, that most agree with her!.

    • Robyn M

      Ask Wesley Snipes why an off handed comment he made about black women years ago hurt his career. I found Ms. Henson’s statements inflammatory and unnecessary. I didn’t understand what the nationality of the men she dates had to do with her new film? Janet Jackson and Tina Turner are both married to non American men. I don’t think anyone really cares. It is when a celebrity denigrates their own people, folks turn on you. Instead of calling people dumb, she should tweet an apology and be done with it.

      • C.T.

        Again, she never said the words “black men,” and those who “feel she was implying it,” should evaluate their own issues/sensitivities regarding black men and…black women for that matter. And…stop projecting those feelings on to Ms. Henson and others.

        • Robyn M

          I never said black men either. You are so busy defending/insulting, you are not reading.

          • Sarah P

            Robyn M you are an idiot – your entire comment is ridiculous -

          • Robyn M

            Thanks for sharing. Lol. Does P stand for pothead? Just asking.

  • paul blake

    Black celebrities are the only ones who brag about dating outside the race, and then justify it by saying that something is wrong with their own.