Taraji P. Henson has never been afraid to speak her mind, but the actress said she’s far from political. Instead, she chooses to speak through her work — and she decided to star in her latest film, What Men Want
, to uplift women.
Henson shines in the role of Ali Davis, the tough-as-nails sports agent who continually gets overlooked at work, and she’s sure to keep you laughing as she tries (and fails) to balance work, men and friends. Still, there’s a deeper message to the film and it’s why the D.C. native signed onto the role.
Henson told ESSENCE earlier this month that it’s her responsibility as a Black woman to tell stories that empower other Black women.
“I’m an artist. I’m not a political person so I like to attack issues through art,” she explained, “so it’s the projects I pick, they’re timely.””
“This film in particular — that #MeToo [and] Times Up [movement] — that is very real and it’s happening now,” Henson continued, referencing the fact that her film tackles workplace inequality, which the movement is trying to dismantle. “And I thought wow, what a great way to teach. This is another opportunity for me to change a perspective of us, women of color, or to change a heart, or to change something negative to a positive.”
Along with Henson, find out why her co-star Erykah Badu feels What Men Want
reminds Black women to own their own power in the video above. What Men Want
, also starring Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge and Pheobe Robinson, is out Friday.