Taraji P. Henson Calls For Unity During Her Tearful SAG Awards Speech

"Hidden figures no more!" 

Sunday evening's (Jan. 29) Screen Actors Guild Awards were highly political and emotional with every winner shining a light on love, acceptance and understanding. Taraji P. Henson helped usher in waves of love while receiving The Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" for Hidden Figures. 

During her touching speech, the actress paid tribute to Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, the African-American women who calculated the math that helped launched NASA's first victorious space mission. "The shoulders of the women that we stand on are three American heroes," she said as cast members Janelle Monàe and Octavia Spencer fought back tears. "Without them, we would not know how to reach the stars. This story is of unity."

While it didn't clean up at the Golden Globes, the film has been praised by theatergoers and took home several trophies from the Women Film Critics Circle and the African-American Film Critics Association. As the tears continued to flow, Henson expressed the sense of love over adversity. "This story is about what happens when we put our differences aside and we come together as a human race," she said. "We win. Love wins. Every time.”

Several actors dedicated their speeches to solidarity for Muslim communities, immigrants and refugees affected by President Trump's latest executive order. Winners like Viola Davis and Denzel Washington showed love to those who go unnoticed in literature and the entertainment industry. "What August did so beautifully is he honored the average man, who happened to be a man of color," she said while accepting the award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.""And sometimes we don’t have to shape the world and move the world and create anything that is going to be in the history books. The fact that we breathed and live a life... and was a god to our children... just that, means that we have a story and it deserves to be told.”

Washington provided a long list of playwrights, producers and creatives that helped turn Fences, a reportedly seven-year project, into fruition. "I'm a God-fearing man, I'm supposed to have faith, but I didn't have faith," he said. "I'm getting choked up!" Expecting one of the "young boys" to win, Washington didn't have a speech prepared for what would be his first SAG award in his illustrious career. Backstage, the actor also called for accountability in today's cloudy and fearful political climate. "I think we as Americans had better learn to unite," he said. "We have to put our elected officials' feet to the fire. God only knows where it’s going.”

Let's hope the Oscars shares the same love (and colorful wins).

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You may have seen Tray Chaney as Malik "Poot" Carr on the HBO Emmy-nominated drama series The Wire where he starts as a neighborhood drug dealer in the Barksdale organization and slowly moves up in ranks. He has also starred in a list of roles including Bounce TV's  Saints & Sinners as Kendrick Murphy and was nominated in 2019 at the International Christian Film Festival for Best Actor: Short Film in Angels in Rocket Field. 

After being accepted as an "Official Selection" during the Black Continental Independent Movie Awards in Silver Spring, Maryland, Chaney released the documentary trailer for Undeniable: The Tray Chaney Story under his Undeniable (Wired Different) campaign on Thursday (Aug. 15). The potential docuseries will follow the narratives of the journeys of The Wire cast members, how they landed their roles, what happened when the television series ended in 2008, and what they are doing now.

Under the production of Commodore Independent Filmworks and Safe House Films DC. Chaney's 45-minute episode features testimonials from Big Daddy Kane, Clifton Powell, Kenny Lattimore, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Russ Parr, Jd Williams, Keith Robinson, Anwan Big G Glover, and Black Child. His former co-star Idris Elba also shows his support for the documentary.

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During a red carpet interview for the film 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, actor and comedian Tommy Davidson, who played the cartoon family's patriarch Oscar Proud, stated that new episodes would come with the media company's upcoming service, Disney+.

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According to TMZ, Racquel Bailey reportedly landed a role on Perry’s new television project, a BET show titled Sistas. The site reads that Bailey will be in the Season One finale, and will possibly be in Season Two.

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“This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows,” wrote Perry on Instagram back in June accompanying a photo of Bailey’s billboard. “This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite.”

 

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Auhhh.... soooooo...... here’s the deal. This is not the way to get my attention if you’re looking for a role in one of my shows. Please DON’T DO THIS, SAVE YOUR MONEY!! This is the third time that someone has done this. PLEASE STOP! To audition is FREE!! I’m sure you can use that money for a better purpose. I love that you want to work with me, and I love that you invest in yourself. But when you do things like this it puts my team on high alert and makes me look at you sideways. I know the message that you want to send is a positive one, but this comes across as the opposite. Again, the best way to work for me is to AUDITION and it’s FREE! We post breakdowns all the time for actors. JUST COME AND AUDITION. And by the way, you were great in THE NIGHT OF! It was my favorite show a couple years ago. I ALREADY SAW YOU!! So just audition and keep your money!! Again, I appreciate your effort, but that’s not the way to work for me. God bless you dreamer. I have no doubt you will make it one day!!

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