Taraji P. Henson got emotional on Friday discussing the history and stigma of mental health in the black community at Variety’s Power of Women NY presented by Lifetime.
“The history of mental illness for black people in America stretches all the way back 400 years, 15 million people, and an ocean that holds the stories,” she continued.
Later she spoke about her dad’s struggles with mental illness after he returned home from the Vietnam war.
Henson received the honor for her work with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. “Our vision is to eradicate the stigma around mental health in the black community by breaking the silence and breaking a cycle of shame. We were taught to hold our problems close to the vest out of fear of being labeled and further demonized as weak, or inadequate,” said Henson. Breaking down in tears, she called the state of mental health for black people a “national crisis.”
Mariah Carey spoke about career sexism, racism and motherhood at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime. “I was 18 years old when I got my first record deal,” she said. “A lot of very powerful men controlled my career — what I wore, who I worked with, and every aspect of my overall [...]
Grammy-winning singer Chaka Khan talked about the impact of visiting a children’s cancer center in Atlanta on Friday at Variety‘s Power of Women event presented by Lifetime. The singer was recognized for her philanthropic work with Little Kids Rock, a national organization providing music material for public schools. She went on to acknowledge Disney-ABC executive [...]
Disney-ABC executive Dana Walden expressed the significance of women in leadership roles and her commitment to helping fund cancer research in her speech at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime. “It’s impossible to overstate the importance to young women how important it is to see female leaders,” Walden said.
Director and writer of “Bad Hair,” Justin Simien, was joined by his cast Kelly Rowland, Elle Lorraine, Yaani King Mondschein, James Van Der Beek and Ashley Blaine Featherson for a deeply intimate conversation about black hair and Hollywood expectations. The conversation turned personal after Yaani King Mondschein revealed that she’s actually lost jobs in the […]
Following their world premiere at Sundance, popular 80’s group The Go-Go’s and documentary filmmaker Alison Ellwood were still buzzing with excitement when they visited the Variety Studio in Park City. “We had no expectations” of being accepted, said Charlotte Caffey, “but when we got the news, we were just over the moon. I mean, I’ve […]
The Star Wars spinoff will enable Luna to explore Andor’s exploits before he teamed up with Jyn Erso on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. It was a dangerous assignment, dramatized in the 2016 hit “Rogue One,” that came with a high mortality rate for the crew of freedom fighters. “It […]