Taraji P Henson's Son Is Following in Mom's Footsteps in Showbiz and Pursued a Career in Music

Edduin Carvajal
Dec 25, 2020
10:15 A.M.

Taraji P. Henson, best known for her performance in “Empire,” has a look-a-like son named Marcell Johnson, who is also involved in the entertainment industry.


Although Marcell Johnson’s mother is one of Hollywood's most talented actresses nowadays, Taraji P. Henson, his childhood was harsh, mainly because his father was fatally stabbed in Washington, D.C. in 2003.

Johnson’s dad, Mark, was Henson’s high school sweetheart. His death affected Johnson and Henson so much that they even went to therapy to deal with it.

Taraji P. Henson and Marcell Johnson on January 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Taraji P. Henson and Marcell Johnson on January 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images


It is important to point out that Henson’s dad died two years after Mark, so the actress admitted she was definitely in a “dark place.” Fortunately, she had “incredible people” around.

After revealing that Mark’s passing was “traumatic” for her and Johnson, Henson said that seeing a therapist helped “tremendously.” However, finding someone they felt safe to talk to wasn’t easy.


[Henson] claimed that her then-20-year-old son had been racially profiled.


Henson, an advocate for Black Americans' mental health resources, compared it to searching for a purple unicorn. Luckily, they found the right person and are in a much better place.

The actress once shared her thoughts on being a single mother. She said that single parents could “do it all” but also admitted that she wouldn’t wish single-parenting on her worst enemy.



As per Johnson’s career, he made headlines in 2013 after becoming a model for Square Bear. As any proud parent would Henson posted a photo of her son to show love and support.

He kept working in the industry for years, and in 2018, he walked the New York Fashion Week runway for designer Edwing D’Angelo. Again, Henson publicly showed admiration for Johnson.


Johnson attracted some attention in March 2015 after being pulled over by an LAPD officer. Initially, the “Empire” star claimed that her then-20-year-old son had been racially profiled.

However, the police department released the dash camera video of that night that showed Johnson running a yellow light and admitting to having marijuana and Ritalin without prescription.

In December 2019, Henson’s son made headlines again after the actress revealed she developed anxiety from worrying about Johnson’s safety following the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Luckily, Johnson is doing okay at the moment. While he’s trying to make a name for himself in the music business, he has worked as an actor in “Empire” and “Detroiters,” as well.

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