In Summary

  • Taraji P. Henson Clarifies That Oprah Winfrey Made Her ‘Feel Heard’ After Speaking Out About Being Underpaid.
  • According to her  ‘The Color Purple’ producer Oprah Winfrey told her reach out to her for anything.
  • The Color Purple is in theaters Christmas Day..

American actress Taraji P. Henson has  clarified her thoughts following a tearful interview that touched on pay disparities for Black women in Hollywood.

Through her Instagram on Thursday, the Oscar-nominated actress, acknowledged the social media responses to her Tuesday interview with Gayle King for SiriusXM radio, when she expressed she was “tired of working so hard” and “getting paid a fraction of the cost.”

“Thank you for responding to my message with the compassion, understanding and support that I’ve received,” Henson wrote in the caption, sharing a photo of her and Oprah Winfrey, executive producer of the new movie musical The Color Purple.

Taraji added, “It is so important for black women and ALL women of color to support each other,” continued Henson. “It is also imperative to have women of color in decision making positions across ALL industries.”

Winfrey, she then wrote, “has been nothing less than a steady and solid beacon of light to ALL OF THE CAST of The Color Purple!!! She has provided ENCOURAGEMENT, GUIDANCE and UNWAVERING SUPPORT to us all.”

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Henson concluded by thanking Winfrey, “She told me personally to reach out to her for ANYTHING I needed, and I did! It took ONE CALL… ONE CONVERSATION… and ONE DECISION MAKING BLACK WOMAN to make me feel heard.”

Henson broke down in tears during the SiriusXM interview when King asked about past comments the Empire Emmy nominee made about contemplating leaving her acting career behind.

She told King and fellow guests, Color Purple costar Danielle Brooks and director Blitz Bazawule, that she was “tired of hearing my sisters saying the same thing over and over,” regarding what she categorized as a pay gap for Black women working in Hollywood.

“I hear people go, ‘You work a lot.’ I have to. The math ain’t mathing,” she said. “Big bills come with what we do… The fact that we’re up here, there’s a whole entire team behind us. They have to get paid.”

She voiced her frustration that “every time I do something and I break another glass ceiling, when it’s time to renegotiate I’m at the bottom again like I never did what I just did… It wears on you, you know, ’cause what does that mean? What does that tell me?”


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