Taraji P. Henson Tells Story of New Jack Swing in Podcast

Taraji P. Henson remembered wearing her favorite outfit to a music festival where some of the biggest New Jack Swing tunes were being performed from Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” to Tony! Toni! Tone!’s “Feels Good.” At the time, Henson had no clue about the backstory behind the music era, which made its mark in the ’80s and ’90s. But now, the Oscar-nominated actor has a clearer view as the host of the new podcast series Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound, which premiered this week on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and the Wondery App.

“I was too busy living it to know exactly what was happening. I was enjoying the music,” said Henson, who serves as a producer of the six-part series, which airs Tuesdays. The series examines the “rise and eventual fall” of the New Jack Swing movement. “This podcast was very informative,” she said. “Things I did … Read the rest