Henson: Hollywood needs more minorities

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NEW YORK (AP)—Taraji P. Henson agrees that minorities were not represented enough at the Emmys—and there are too few working in Hollywood.

Henson says “there were several times when I didn’t even want to watch the Emmys because I mean, who am I looking at?”

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LEADING LADY—Actress Taraji P. Henson poses for a photograph on the red carpet for the screening of “Peep World” during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Sept. 15.

Henson made the comments when asked on her thoughts about fellow actress Regina King’s Sept. 3 blog post for the Huffington Post.

In it, the Black actress criticizes the Emmys for under-representing minorities in its main categories. King also writes that she was offended after a member of the media confused her with actress Rutina Wesley of HBO’s “True Blood.” And she says she was hurt that late actress Alaine Reed Hall, best known for her role on “Sesame Street,” was not among those recognized at this year’s Emmys. Hall and King starred together on the 1980s show “227.”

“I mean, she has a point,” Henson said of King’s blog post.

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