Taraji P. Henson for an Emmy: How Cookie Lyon became the most fascinating TV character (VIDEO).

Cookie Lyon Is the Most Fascinating Character on TV Right Now. Give Taraji P. Henson the Emmy.

Cookie Lyon Is the Most Fascinating Character on TV Right Now. Give Taraji P. Henson the Emmy.

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March 18 2015 8:32 AM

Just Give Taraji P. Henson the Emmy Already

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She’s earned it, Boo Boo Kitty.

Photo by Chuck Hodes/20th Century Fox Television.

Empire ends its spectacularly successful first season tonight, which also means, sadly, that we’ll have to say farewell to Cookie Lyon for a few months. (Unsurprisingly, the show has already been renewed for a second season.) The matriarch of the fictional hip-hop dynasty has been the highlight of the primetime soap, brought to life by Taraji P. Henson’s incomparable, dedicated performance. After years spent enriching many one-dimensionally written roles, it’s great to see the veteran actress finally getting her due, as she acts circles around her co-stars on Empire.

And so it’s only right that we begin the campaign for Henson’s eventual Emmy nod (and win) at this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards: She’s more than earned it. 

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Aisha Harris is a Slate culture writer and host of the Slate podcast Represent.