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With Her New Foundation, Taraji P. Henson Wants To Change The Stigma Of Black Mental Health

Taraji P. Henson is proving that not only is the year to be booked and busy with new movie roles, but she is also putting in work within her community. Yesterday (Aug. 13) the actress and philanthropist revealed that she has launched a new foundation specifically geared to the minds of the black community.

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, named after her late father, will specifically fight to change the stigma of mental health within the black community. Her foundation—her best friend Tracie Jenkins will serve as the Executive Director—will offer scholarships to black students majoring in mental health, as well as provide mental health services for youth in urban schools.

Her father was the inspiration for this undertaking. According to People, her father, a former veteran battling mental health issues, fought liver cancer up until his passing in 2006 at the age of 58. “I named the organization after my father because of his complete and unconditional love for me; his unabashed, unashamed ability to tell the truth, even if it hurt; and his strength to push through his own battles with mental health issues,” she said. “My dad fought in the Vietnam War for our country, returned broken, and received little to no physical and emotional support. I stand now in his absence, committed to offering support to African Americans who face trauma daily, simply because they are black.”

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation officially launches on Sept. 22 in Los Angeles at her event, Taraji’s Boutique of Hope. Continue doing the work, Ms. Henson.

 

READ MORE: Taraji P. Henson Talks The Dangerous Passion That Fueled Her ‘Acrimony’ Character

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Social Media Mistakes Congresswoman For Madea At Commencement Ceremony

If Tyler Perry wanted to revamp his Madea franchise, social media users might have given him some inspiration.

Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty was one of the honoraries at Capital University Law School's Commencement ceremony on Sunday (May 19). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Ohio native serves on the House Committee on Financial Services, including Housing and Insurance, and Oversight and Investigations. In addition to helping rebuild her city, she's also helped expand STEM education to Ohio public schools.

Yet, despite all of her accolades, she was jokingly confused for Tyler Perry's Madea character on social media.

Receiving an honorary @CapitalLaw degree. Another lawyer is in the Beatty family! pic.twitter.com/R5M54dzbQc

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) May 19, 2019

Excited to deliver the commencement for @CapitalLaw’s Class of 2019! pic.twitter.com/mc8XjiR4sN

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) May 19, 2019

Is this another Tyler Perry movie lol

— Petty Pablo (@electricsoul123) May 20, 2019

It also didn't stop fans from creating ideas for Perry's next film. The moment was so hilarious, it became a trending topic on Monday (May 20).

*Sees Madea trending*

Didn’t Tyler Perry retire Madea?*clicks*

*sees the reason why Madea is trending*

NGL but that woman does look like Madea, that’s actually spot-on tho’ 😭😂😂💀 pic.twitter.com/pbuK2B3n2G

— 👩🏾‍🚀🚀Astro•Alex☄️💫 (@OnyxScholar21) May 20, 2019

Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Law School: https://t.co/6rCHLcN0Y1

— Saraah ♤ (@BrownSugaSaraah) May 21, 2019

https://twitter.com/Tyren4President/status/1130584334539329537

For the hottest second I was so mad at Tyler Perry https://t.co/KtqRXBXWCA

— i watch GOT now (@SimSim_124) May 20, 2019

I seen Madea trending and instantly thought Tyler Perry signed a deal with Netflix or something to create more Madea movies, whole time it’s somebody granny graduating that look like Madea. pic.twitter.com/mNPuF05UVY

— hood baby (@ronthacreator) May 20, 2019

Thought Tyler Perry had changed his mind and decided to keep Madea alive then see why it trending pic.twitter.com/ujZlqFfB6r

— DKT (@darleneturner53) May 20, 2019

“Madea Graduates Again”

— Simply Jay (@j_burgundy) May 21, 2019

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— Potentperson (@alexcabrera56) May 20, 2019

Ironically enough, Perry is casting for a new project in Atlanta. The details are pretty scarce but his studio has requested "fresh faces" only. They also noted that they're working on a television series and a film.

Either way, it looks like Congresswoman Beatty isn't bothered by the jokes.

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Naturi Naughton On 'Power' Season 6: 'Everybody's Not Going To Live'

Power fans expressed great sadness when the Starz network announced the forthcoming sixth season would be the show's last. With an August 2019 air date, fans can only wait and see who will make it out alive of the treacherous big rich town.

In support of the last hurrah, Naturi Naughton and Joseph Sikora stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday (May 15) to talk about the magnitude of the show despite its humble beginnings.

"When we first started, we were eight episodes. We still shoot in Brooklyn and people were like 'Power? Never heard of it. Starz? What network is that?'...Starz has now become a leading cable premium network and we have over 10 million views across all platforms."

Naughton, 35, also said while traveling to Africa she was greeted with fanfare from those who watch the show overseas. "Oh, Mrs. Ghost. Tasha! Tasha! We love you' I have never felt so much love in my experience there,' " Naughton recalled.

When asked which of the actors takes a while to remove themselves from their role, both agreed Omari Hardwick needs a minute to divorce himself from Ghost/James St. Patrick.

"Omari, admittedly, and I think he's talked a lot about that in interviews. Unlike Naturi and I, we're not as method as he is. I do a lot of the homework for Tommy at home and bring that to the set, whereas Omari needs to kind of stay in the realm of the character Ghost," Sikora said.

Watch the entire interview below.

 

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