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Terrence Howard is no stranger to struggle.

Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Anita Williams (née Hawkins) and Tyrone Howard. His maternal great-grandmother, Minnie Gentry, was a stage actress, as were his mother and uncles. Both of his parents were biracial, of African American and European American descent; he experienced racism in his childhood. His father was involved in what has been termed the Santa Line Slaying (1971), serving eleven months in prison on manslaughter charges after stabbing another man to death.At the age of 16, Howard emancipated himself from his parents and was put on welfare; at 18, he moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

Recently he revealed yet one more struggle.

The handsome actor known for his fun-loving ways in “The Best Man Holiday”, as well as the star of the Oscar-nominated film, “Hustle & Flow,” shows us a more personal side as he gets emotional while speaking about the loss of his mother.

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