The award-winning actress emphasized the strength derived from togetherness and passionately encouraged support and camaraderie, specifically focusing on expressing her deep admiration for Black women.
In a heartfelt commitment, she reiterated her dedication to being a sister’s keeper, inviting the star-studded audience at the glamourous event to make mutual support and solidarity among women striving for success in the industry their paramount goal.
“Women—Black women—we have to stick together, y’all. Women in general, we just can’t—we are so powerful. There is so much power in this room…And it’s unfortunate that society pits us against each other. The power lies in our togetherness.,” said Henson.
Every year, ELLE brings together the best and brightest women in Hollywood for one special night to honor their impact in the industry and the work that still needs to be done. Taraji P. Henson is a honoree of this year’s event.
ELLE magazine, represented by Nina Garcia, was praised by Henson for its commitment to acknowledging the diverse facets of womanhood. The actress acknowledged the powerful women around her and the impact of their hard work and dedication to their craft.
Henson started her inspiring speech, which can be read in full here, by sharing a personal story of overcoming adversity, tracing her journey from attending public school in inner cities to becoming a successful actress.
Henson spoke against cancel culture, stressing the need for compassion and understanding in acknowledging human flaws. She shared her personal initiative, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, dedicated to eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black and brown community.