Taraji P. Henson plays tough-talking Cookie on the hit TV show “Empire.”
Off camera, the actress plans to break the stigma of mental health in the African American community. Making mental health more accessible to African-Americans is personal Taraji, who launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) named after her late father, a Vietnam War veteran.
Henson is using her foundation to provide scholarships for African Americans who are pursuing degrees in the mental health field. She also plans to work with men and women in prisons as well as reach young people in urban schools with mental health services and programs.
While the foundation has a lot of groundwork to do, Henson is starting a movement with dialogue. Getting the word out is her first main goal. Taraji and her business partner Tracie Jenkins appeared on Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club advocating the importance of mental health. The two proudly announced some of the investors for the foundation including Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart. The personal connection and passion these two women have for mental health awareness are necessary.
During an age of social media, the demand it is putting on the younger generation is rapidly increasing the feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem. Instead of talking about it, millennials indulge themselves in their phones and social media as a temporary solution.
Taraji and Tracie are taking a big step with this project. Lives will be changed and generational curses will be broken.
I am personally excited to see all of this come together! Look out for a follow-up story.