Black women are starting the year off strong in the entertainment industry. Just weeks after Regina Hall became the first Black woman to receive a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and Marsai Martin made history as Hollywood’s youngest executive producer, actress Taraji P. Henson has hit a major career milestone. According to Essence, Henson will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Empire actress is slated to receive her star on January 28, the news outlet writes. Walk of Fame representatives say that the honor is well-deserved as Henson has played pivotal roles in films and on television. “Taraji P Henson is a powerful woman and a powerful actress. She is an entertainer that fans cannot take their eyes off of due to her great acting ability,” said Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez, according to the news outlet. “We welcome her bright star on our Walk of Fame.”
Henson recently took to Instagram to share her excitement. “This is for those lovely scary nay sayers who doubted me!!!! Welp I had a dream aaaaaannnnnnnd thank GOD I used all of your doubt to propel me to my greatness!!!,” she wrote. “I love you and I needed you!!!!” Her movie What Men Want is slated to be released on February 8.
When Henson isn’t in front of the camera, she’s leading philanthropic efforts. In 2018, she launched a non-profit—dubbed the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation—that is designed to provide resources for individuals battling with mental illness. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African-Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are Black,” she said in a statement about the organization.
Alexandra Shipp Slams 'Black Twitter' For Attacking Her Over Playing Storm In 'X-Men'
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Alexandra Shipp is a willing participant in colorism. You can't compare her to Beyoncé who has in fact used her privilege to help the black community https://t.co/2DIls2xQ8z— Melanin Munroe⚡ (@EmpressMunroe) January 15, 2019
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Alexandra Shipp is a colorist. She's also the perfect example of how Biracial women/men/boys/girls participate in Anti-Blackness— Jason (Moderna Gay. One Piece stan) (@EscaflowneClown) January 15, 2019
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Someone said "Alexandra Shipp is the Gina Rodriguez of black people" and GOODNIGHT. pic.twitter.com/5wLgyVLGf5— Keke Palmer's First Emmy. (@HunseckerProxy) January 15, 2019
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Black Twitter is plotting too. It’s Time for Shipp to sail. BYE PUMPKIN!!! https://t.co/6Llx2332QY— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 15, 2019
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Does Alexandra Shipp realize the reason a lot of us don't rock with her isn't because she's light skinned, but because she doesn't understand the privilege that comes with that. That, and equating Storm's dark skin to the result of a crayola from 1970. She's a colorist. +— emoBlackthoughts (@aspiringdreamer) January 15, 2019
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Shipp chooses to respond to the most flagrant things instead of the multitude of reasonable criticism she receives, just so she can be like “look the black ppl are being mean to me” & honestly who has the time to give her the benefit of the doubt anymore https://t.co/MbXidc6s3W— 🏳️🌈Momo Yubari🏳️🌈 (@TokenPsycho) January 15, 2019
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