Taraji P. Henson’s Memoir Gets the Cover and Title of Cookie’s Dreams

Taraji P. Henson can now add author to her empire of achievements because her new memoir is out October 11, and it now has a fabulous double cover and title to go with it. She’s calling it Around the Way Girl, a title that just screams Cookie. It’s a callback to the famous LL Cool J song, which itself praised that girl around town who was just too smooth for words, try as LL did to describe her. (“She can walk with a switch and talk with street slang / I love it when a woman ain’t scared to do her thing.”) As Lucious Lyon knows all too well, she’s a woman with class who can get a little hood if provoked. She’s, in a name, Cookie. But before Cookie, she was 1,000 percent Taraji, whose memoir will detail her life growing up in D.C., being a single mom, and navigating Hollywood as a black woman. In other words, it’s required reading. For now, feast your lion’s den, er, book club on her amazing throwback cover:

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Taraji’s Memoir Gets Cover and Amazing Title