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Taraji P. Henson Says She May Quit Acting Due To The Pay Gap — 'I Break Another Glass Ceiling, When It’s Time To Renegotiate I’m At The Bottom'

Across Taraji P. Henson’s career of over two decades, she has always been a fighter to reach her dreams.

Dec 20, 2023

Taraji P. Henson Says Tyler Perry Broke The Standard For What She Was Paid For Films — 'I Was Asking For Half A Million'

Taraji P. Henson is considered Hollywood royalty. Yet, it took working with Tyler Perry for the actress to finally get paid her worth.

Dec 29, 2022

Taraji P. Henson's Foundation Raises $1M To Offer Free Mental Health Services To The Black Community

The BET Awards 2022 was one for the books — from Diddy pledging $1 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Howard University and Jackson State University to the show taking the No. 1 spot for “Best Performing Cable Awards Show.” Plus, its second-time host Taraji P. Henson had a big announcement herself during one of the culture’s biggest weekends.

Jul 6, 2022

Taraji P. Henson Expands Her Brand TPH With Launch Of Affordable Body Care Collection For All Skin Types

Taraji P. Henson is knocking out the levels of self-care with her brand TPH. According to WWD, the actress and entrepreneur is now making her mark in not only products for hair care, but also body care so customers can glow all over. View this post on Instagram A post shared by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) “When we thought about taking care of self, I wanted to go from scalp to toe,” Henson said, according to WWD. “I always had that vision in mind. We wanted to give spotlight to products at an affordable price, luxurious-looking packaging, and spa-like scents to feel like you’re in a spa.” She added: “People are a little traumatized after the pandemic, they’re afraid, and they’re not all going to the places they would normally go. We wanted to bring luxurious products to those people, at an affordable price and with an emphasis on self care.” A prime focus on caring for oneself on a budget has been TPH’s goal since its launch in 2020 under Maesa — a company that incubates beauty...

Apr 11, 2022

President Biden To Appoint Actress Taraji P. Henson And NBA Player Chris Paul To HBCU Advisory Board

Supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) appears to be a unified effort. Joe Biden is set to appoint “qualified and diverse” leaders in education, sports, and more to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The responsibilities of the board members will be to “increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to its students and continue serving as engines of opportunity,” according to the press release from the White House. Actress Taraji P. Henson and NBA All-Star Chris Paul are expected to be on the board. They will be joined by Makola M. Abdullah, Javaune Adams-Gaston, Paige Blake, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Willie A. Deese, Patrick Cokley, Monica Goldson, William F. L. Moses, and more. The new additions come after President Biden named Dr. Tony Allen as chair and Dr. Glenda Glover as Vice Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs in 2021. Dr. Dietra Trent was also named executive...

Apr 1, 2022

Clare, A Black-Owned Paint Brand That's Taraji P. Henson-Approved, Closes An $8M Series A Funding Round

Black entrepreneurs are consistently creating innovative brands that are disrupting the standard traditions of industries, and Nicole Gibbons — founder and CEO of Clare — is one of them. Leading what’s said to be the only Black-owned paint brand in the U.S., the interior designer has spearheaded simplifying the process of paint shopping through technology. Founded in 2018, Clare has found success within the paint industry and has received co-signs from the celebrity likes of Taraji P. Henson, who has previously highlighted it as one of her favorite Black-owned businesses. View this post on Instagram A post shared by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) In its latest feat, Clare has announced an $8 million Series A funding round led by Pendulum, a newly formed growth-stage fund, according to a press release shared with AfroTech. “We are excited to lead Clare’s Series A and play a role in powering the company’s next stage of growth,” said Ron Mackey, managing director at Pendulum....

Feb 10, 2022

12 Familiar Faces You May Not Have Known Were Products Of HBCUs

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are responsible for some of the nation’s most renowned doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, political and religious leaders, plus more. And to be honest, we truly don’t know what a world without institutions that aid the rich knowledge and success of our people would look like (we’re glad we don’t even have to imagine it)! AfroTech has decided to take this time to raise awareness of those HBCUs by spotlighting some familiar faces who are products of those pristine institutions.

Sep 29, 2021

How Taraji P. Henson Went From $700 And A Dream To A Whopping $25M Net Worth

Taraji P. Henson is living proof that it’s not where you come from, but where you’re going. Born and raised in the greater Washington, D.C. area, Henson went to Howard University to study drama, but she couldn’t afford the tuition offhand. So, to pay for college, she worked part-time at The Pentagon and part-time as a singing and dancing waitress on the river cruise boat, The Spirit of Washington. “After I graduated, my dad said, “How do you expect to catch fish on dry land?” You have to go where the jobs are. We raised $700, I packed my son up, and I moved to L.A.,” she told Vanity Fair back in 2005. Certainly, that move paid off. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Taraji P. Henson has a net worth of $25 million. While most of that money comes from her prestigious acting career, she has also made some money with real estate investments. In 2015, she bought a $1.5 million condo in Chicago (which she would later sell for a small profit), before purchasing a similar condo in the same...

Kevin Hart Donates $100K To Taraji P. Henson’s Nonprofit Centered On Black Mental Health

Comedic sensation Kevin Hart surprised actress Taraji P. Henson with a charitable donation of $100,000 for her nonprofit organization, Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. In the newest first look for Kevin Hart’s series “ Hart to Heart” on Peacock, Henson reveals the foundation was launched due to her initial struggles of finding a therapist. Aware of her advantage Henson shares, “I started it because I knew that I was having an issue trying to find a therapist. I am privileged, I have money. Imagine all the people of color that can’t.” Founded in 2018, the foundation is on a mission to ensure the Black community will have access to trusted mental health resources nationwide and continue to fight the stigmas surrounding mental health. Due to a history of systemic oppression and mistrust in the medical system, millions within the Black community have learned to cope with trauma. “The strength is in vulnerability. The strength is in saying I’m not okay today. That’s the strength. The...

Aug 16, 2021

Taraji P. Henson to Host Facebook Watch Series Focused on Black Mental Health

Facebook has announced several initiatives targeting mental and emotional health to connect more people around the world—and at the forefront is Taraji P. Henson. According to FB’s Newsroom , the award-winning actress is set to host a new talk show on Facebook Watch titled (for now) “Peace of Mind with Taraji.” Co-hosted with Henson’s longtime best friend Tracie Jade Jenkins, who is the Executive Director of Henson’s Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation , the series will highlight mental health challenges the Black community faces every day. “I’ve long been a mental health advocate for the Black community and created the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in 2018 that has provided resources to thousands of people who are struggling,” Henson told Deadline . “I’m looking forward to bringing this new talk series to Facebook Watch, where I can continue to create a conversation around an issue that is near and dear to my heart. In addition to resources and information through Henson’s personal...

Oct 6, 2020

Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock to Provide Laughter as Medicine for 'Feeding America' Benefit

Comic greats Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock are bringing the funny for a charitable cause. Next month, Murphy and Rock will join Kevin Hart , Tiffany Haddish, and Keenan Thompson for the “Feeding America Comedy Festival.” The brainchild of media mogul Byron Allen, the three-hour special will stream on Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel and free streaming app, Local Now, reports Vibe . The aim of the festival — which is set to be packed with some of the funniest legends in Hollywood — is to help heal the world with laughter and encourage viewers to donate to Feeding America . “In partnership with Feeding America, my comedian friends and all of us at Allen Media Group are pleased to announce this global live-streaming comedy event on May 9th,” Allen said in a statement . “Laughter is often the best medicine, and we are extremely motivated to bring attention to issues of food insecurity, and to assist in providing meals to families across the country who are financially impacted by the...

Apr 27, 2020

Taraji P. Henson is Making Therapy Accessible for the Black Community

During trying times like these, maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. To help alleviate worry in the Black community, actress Taraji P. Henson is launching a free virtual therapy campaign for families and others dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19. She unveiled the COVID-19 Free Virtual Therapy Support Campaign on Wednesday via Instagram to better assist “under-served communities experiencing life-changing events related to, or triggered by, the COVID-19 pandemic,” as stated in her video. View this post on Instagram A post shared by taraji p henson (@tarajiphenson) Henson’s campaign is sponsored by the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation , named after her father, who had his struggles with mental health after serving in the Vietnam war. “In the African-American community, we’ve been taught to tough it out, hide our suffering, but this is something none of us have ever experienced, and no one should suffer in silence,” Henson said on Instagram....

Apr 10, 2020