Taraji P. Henson, Nicki Minaj and Jaha Dukureh Named Time's 100 Most Influential

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Three Black women were honored by Time magazine for their work on this year's list of the 100 Most Influential People: actress Taraji P. Henson, entertainer Nicki Minaj and activist Jaha Dukureh.

Taraji P. Henson is listed under the artists category. Throughout a career that's spanned more than two decades, she's attended to her craft and maintained her integrity. Now Taraji's career is hotter than ever because of her game-changing performance as Cookie on Empire. Empire creator Lee Daniels wrote her blurb.

Jaha Dukureh arrived in the U.S. from Gambia at 15 to be a child bride. She fought to get an education and her independence. Now she lives in Atlanta and works to end the practice of female genital mutilation in America in part because she is a survivor herself.

Nicki Minaj is featured in the icons section. The rapper has set chart records and continues to expand her artistic reach into starring in films like Barbershop: The Next Cut and producing a television show based on her life.

Photo: Time Magazine