TV Club: Saturday Night Live: “Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons”

“I’m not an actor, I’m a [movie/TV star]!”

In her monologue, Taraji P. Henson says of her first hosting gig, “It proves that after 20 years in show business, white people know who I am.” Which, being about as subtle a burn on SNL‘s spotty racial history as it is, also reinforces how seasoned a professional Henson is, a level of experience that serves her well tonight. The monologue itself is—wait for it—another musical number, but Henson (backed by a full church choir) has the pipes, and her song sees her joyfully expressing how damned happy she is at her hard-won success. It’s a rousing performance, with the cast joining in in solidarity with their host to sing about how happy they are to have the jobs they have on the show. (Pete Davidson’s happy he doesn’t have to be “a …

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