Hollywood actress Taraji P. Henson is the cover star for Essence magazine’s March/April issue, discussing her superpower, focus, passion and finding true love.
Taraji P. Henson is standing in a season of abundance, shining as bright as the marquees on which we’ve seen her name for more than two decades. And then there’s her inner glow, which the Golden Globe Award–winning actress laughingly attributes to a mostly vegan diet and probiotics. But we know better—especially after eyeing her beautiful engagement ring up close. (Don’t worry; we’ll get to that later.)
More recently, Taraji P. Henson has also been focusing her star power on countering mental health stigma among Black Americans. This past June she returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C., where she testified before Congress during a Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. She was there to speak on behalf of her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named for her late father, and her mission was personal.
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“In the African-American community, we don’t deal with mental health issues. We’ve been taught to pray our problems away“, she noted. “I’m here using my celebrity, using my voice, to put a face to this, because I also suffer from depression and anxiety, and if you’re a human living in today’s world, I don’t know how you’re not suffering in any way“, she added.
After 20+ years on-screen, @TherealTaraji is still shining bright! The actress is a bride-to-be, mental health advocate and budding entrepreneur. “I just want to be the best version of myself that I can be.” Tap the 🔗 for our Mar/Apr issue. https://t.co/NhQZHtwAs8 pic.twitter.com/LLk2w9foOE
— ESSENCE (@Essence) February 20, 2020