The Actor’s guild SAG-AFTRA regularly holds career retrospectives shinning a light on the longevity of beloved actors for membership and the public to enjoy. Taraji P. Henson was the latest guest on the long running series and she gave a very moving statement about the state of the business for Black Actresses in Hollywood.
Taraji P. Henson, has been bravely speaking out about pay disparity in Hollywood, reveals she fired her entire team for not capitalizing on the success of her hugely popular Cookie character on the series Empire. She is now one of the stars of the new film The Color Purple while also starring in the hit show Abbott Elementary.
Henson slammed her previous team for not following up on the success of the fan-favorite character in recent interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation when she was asked what her best business move had been as an actress.
“Firing everybody after Cookie,” she said. “Everybody had to f—kin’ go. Where is my deal? Where’s my commercial? Cookie was at the top of the fashion game. Where is my endorsement? What did you have set up for after this? That’s why you all haven’t seen me in so long. They had nothing set up.”
The entire interview is an incredible portrayal of how much work she has put into her career and her work ethic. Taraji P. Henson breaks down as she gives us such a vulnerable insight into how hard she has worked to get to where we see her today.
Please give the talk a watch and let us know how you feel about the truth to power Taraji shares with us.
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