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Taraji P. Henson looks nothing but flawless in her cover spread for the latest issue of Upscale Magazine. Rocking a colorful beaded mini shorts and a laser cut beaded top the T.V. & movie star spoke on being a black actress in Hollywood, friendships and what happened after her Oscar nom.

Check out the highlights below and full spread.

On what happened after her Oscar nomination and Tyler Perry

People were like, ‘you just get nominated for an Oscar and the first movie you do is a Tyler Perry film?’ Well, it’s not like Scorsese called me! Tyler was the only call i got the day after the Oscars. And he gave me a quote. Up until then, I had no quote. I was getting paid pennies to do movies. Tyler treated me like a queen.

On staying grounded/friendships:

I’ve got my road dogs who were with me before all other fame. My best friend in the whole wide world I’ve known since the seventh grade. My other girlfriend was my roommate at Howard. They are my backbone. They know me. When they see me, they look behind the eyes into my soul to see if I’m really alright.

On the realities of being a black actresses:

It’s always a battle for black women; we’re totally at the bottom of the totem pole. Look at the white girls. How many times have you seen Amy Adams in a period piece with a great actor like Meryl Streep or Christian Bale? And look at Jennifer Lawrence! Hits out the wazoo! How come we’re not nominated every year? Because the scripts and the roles aren’t there. It’s not rocket science.

On love and dating:

Here’s the deal. I’m no spring chicken. I’m not in my 20s dating around. I’m looking for happily ever after. So, once you get clear on what it is you’re looking for, the pickings are slim, honey. I’ve left the whole continent of North America. I’m looking abroad.

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