The Most Important Part of Taraji P. Henson’s Speech

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Congrats are in order to our girl Taraji P. Henson who took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama last night. She sashayed to the stage handing out cookies to represent her role: Cookie Lyons. During the speech last night apparently Taraji was signaled to wrap up her speech, but she shut it down real quick exclaiming that she’s been waiting on this award. Check out the clip below:

This is what the entire world is talking about. Social media is blowing up with, “Taraji betta let them know, yasss honey.” And while I too may have screamed get em when she continued on with her speech, it was the very first thing she said that resonated with me.

“Who knew that playing an ex convict would take me all around the Globe? *laughs* It just goes to show… I thought it would be Queenie (*The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Will, I thought it would be my character from Karate Kid. But it’s Cookie who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack.”

It seems like a lot of people are overlooking what she said. Taraji P. Henson has had stellar role after stellar role, but its the Black chick who was locked up for selling crack that gets the Golden Globe. Mo’Nique had a lot of blowup this past year when talking about being Blackballed from Hollywood, and her sentiments were the same. She won a Golden Globe for what she argued depicted what Hollywood likes to see a Black woman as.

[“The Truth About Mo’Nique Being Blackballed”]

It’s clear as day that there is a divide that Viola Davis mentioned in her Emmy Award accepting speech. Best Man Holiday comes out and does 30 million in an opening weekend in 2013 leaving critics baffled, but it doesn’t receive any awards or nominations except for an NAACP Image Award or BET. Girlfriends, Moesha, The Parkers, One on One, My Wife & Kids, Sister Sister and many other shows that made millions laugh week after week for years never received any attention from the Golden Globes or the Emmys. (DISCLAIMER: Nominations for lighting do not count in this conversation.) 

Yes, let’s congratulate Taraji on her well deserved win, but let’s not overlook the issue she put a little light on. Carry on… Check out her full acceptance speech below:

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Bryant Smith

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