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TARAJI P. HENSON is proud of where she came from and what she's accomplished.  And she doesn't want it to go to her head.


She tells "Marie Claire" magazine that she, quote, "came from the [G-D] hood and put myself through Howard University."


But even though she made it, she still does her own laundry.  Quote, "That keeps me normal.  That keeps me feeling like, 'Yeah, I'm not too Hollywood.'"


Taraji's breakthrough role was in "Baby Boy", a 2001 drama about South Central L.A.  But after that, she decided to take a break from, quote, "ghetto roles", so she wouldn't get typecast.


She says, quote, "My mission became showing that I'm a character actress.  I can give them as many different performances as Meryl Streep . . . You think black women can't do it?  I'm trained just like she is."


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