Taraji P. Henson has been known to give it to people straight – no matter what the subject. The ‘Empire’ actress opens up on supporting Gabrielle Union, standing up against discrimination in Hollywood, and how her hair journey led to her new innovative haircare line.
On fighting for what she wants: “It’s about having the power. When they need you, they will go along with your plan. When I knew I had the power to request, I started just putting my foot down and said, ‘No, I won’t do it unless I have my people.’ I’m a fighter. I know I can fight.”
On supporting fellow actress Gabrielle Union: “We are behind her, I got her back because this is ridiculous. You’re saying that her hair is too Black for America? Then you don’t want Black Americans watching your show. My children and my daughters and my cousins or whoever, they need representation.”
On why she speaks up against this type of discrimination: “For so long we have been told that our hair in its natural state is ugly, or it’s nappy or it’s been given these horrible descriptions. How can we fight what is naturally ours? Embrace it. Our hair defies gravity, think about that. Our hair points to the heavens, that’s powerful.”
On her badass mantra: “God broke the mold when he made you; there’s no one else out there like you. Just celebrate that. When you just commit to loving yourself it’s infectious. Everyone else looks at you like, ‘Oh, what kind of magic she got?'”
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