Taraji P. Henson is a star, but we already knew that.
The “Empire” star was finally awarded with a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (28.1.2019). The “Hidden Figures” actress was before friends and family when R&B legend Mary J. Blige and long-time friend and director John Singleton presented Henson with the top honor.
According to Bang Showbiz, Henson took to the podium with a touching speech. With over 18 years in the film industry, Taraji Penda has amassed a wealth of experience as a black woman in a predominantly white industry. Speaking about her achievements, Penda said, “I fight for roles that will break through glass ceilings so that these young women coming behind me, they won’t have the same narrative that we have. We can’t drop the torch now, ladies out there, anybody in the industry, but we also need our men.
“That’s why I love men, I protect them because we need each other. We can’t bash each other, we have to reach across the table and help each other.”
With her first breakout role in “Baby Boy”, a 2001 release alongside Tyrese, Taraji has taken on roles that have revolutionalized how the African American woman is portrayed on-screen.