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What does it mean to build an empire?

Taraji P. Henson knows. The award-winning actress has managed to take the world by storm with critically acclaimed performances in film and television. An unstoppable force, Henson recently released her first book; an autobiography entitled, Around the Way Girl.

Taraji P. Henson Book Cover

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As the keynote speaker at Women’s Empowerment this year, the Washington, D.C. native addressed a packed arena where the inquiry of the day was “How to Build a Lasting Empire?”

Henson credits the importance of “Togetherness” with helping establish her empire. She recalls a group of girlfriends that have had her back no matter what. “You can’t build an empire without your foundation and for me, that’s my sisters — my family,” notes Henson. She also credits God with being central to her foundation. Without God, “you’re screwed.”

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Employing laser focus and unwavering faith has allowed this Howard University grad to achieve at the highest of levels. Now, she challenges everyone to do the same — to focus, never give up, and avoid distractions.

Distractions, like the ones found on social media. Check out the video above to find out why the star is battling a love/hate relationship with America’s new favorite pastime. Not to mention, get great tips on how you too can achieve like Taraji!

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