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‘EMPIRE’ star Ta’Rhonda Jones on her real-life rap career and Jussie Smollett drama

Taraji P. Henson spills tea on Jussie Smollett’s future with ‘EMPIRE’

Aside from teaching her the acting ropes, Ta’Rhonda Jones is also grateful that the show has brought

her closer to one of her biggest inspirations, Taraji P. Henson.

“I love her hustle, I love her story, and I love what she stands for. One thing I love about Taraji and one thing I have learned from her is something she has said to me; ’Closed mouths don’t get fed and butter don’t read unless it’s on bread.’ She’s a person who will tell you to speak up and be vocal about what you want and what you want to do. I love that about her. She’s always encouraging people to stand up for themselves,” she says.

Another woman she’s inspired by is Viola Davis.  “She is the epitome of strength,” says Jones. “I love how she talks about representation and she always takes on roles of women who are strong-willed and powerful. It does something for me.”

When it comes to the fate of EMPIRE, Jones seems just as unsure as the rest of us on the heels of the Jussie Smollett scandal.

“I have no clue. I just feel like right now everything is in disarray,” she says. “All I know how to do is just keep everybody in my prayers. That’s all I can do and that’s the best I can do at this point.”

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