Taraji received her primary education from Oxon Hill High School. There she met love of her life, William Lamar Johnson. She fell in love with him when she was still attending her high school and she also became pregnant of her first child with him. She finally welcomed her first child a son, Marcel Johnson in 1994. She also wished to get married with him soon and be his loving spouse but her high-school sweetheart was murdered in 1997.
Taraji's childhood dream was not acting. After completing her high school graduation from Oxon Hill High School in 1988 and then she joined North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. There she majored in electrical engineering. But later she got interested in acing and dramas and then she got transferred to Howard University and majored in drama. She made her acting debut in 1997 and that was on the TV series, Smart Guy. She became popular in the world after starring the role of Yvette in the movie, Baby Boy. For that role, she earned the salary of $65,000. Her net worth is expected to be around $6 Million.